The World Gold Council supports the development of gold markets and helps investors understand how gold can help them achieve their investment objectives. We work to expand the options for individual and institutional investors to access the gold market by working with the industry to develop and promote new products through direct and intermediated channels. These products answer the significant unmet demand for gold and gold-backed products.

Authoritative research and insight on gold

We are the global authority on gold. Our investment research is read by professional investors and policymakers. We present the case for gold as a foundation asset in portfolios, as a portfolio diversifier and as a monetary asset class for individual and institutional investors of all sizes.

Global initiatives and gold product innovations

Working with best-in-class financial services providers, we develop and launch new gold investment products and educate investors and advisors on existing gold investment products. Our initiatives include the following: 


World Gold Trust Services, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the World Gold Council, pioneered the development of gold-backed exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in the US. SPDR® Gold Shares (GLD®) is currently the largest gold ETF in the world.


In China, the World Gold Council partnered with ICBC, China’s largest commercial bank, to create the ICBC Gold Accumulation Plan (ICBC GAP). Through ICBC GAP, investors in mainland China can accumulate gold through payments starting at a few renminbi per day.

My Gold Plan

The World Gold Council worked with Reliance Money Precious Metals Private Limited, to create My Gold Plan in 2012 – a first of its kind gold accumulation plan (GAP) in India that allowed gold purchases through periodic accumulations. This innovation has since led to the creation of an established GAP market in India, with numerous providers offering competing products.

India Post

We worked with India Post, the world’s largest postal network, to promote the sale of 24-carat gold coins across more than 1,000 post offices in the country.

Contact us to find out more about how partnerships work.