Who is requesting my environmental data via CDP?
Stakeholders including investors, large purchasing organizations (“customers”), Banks (“lenders”), and membership/initiatives such as RE100 and NZAM, are increasingly requesting standardized environmental information through CDP. The environmental data disclosed to CDP is used by these stakeholders to inform decisions and drive environmental action.
Companies may receive one or more requests to provide information from:
- investor signatories and/or
- their customers and/or
- their Banks and/or
- initiatives they have committed to, including RE100 & the Net Zero Assets Managers Initiative (NZAM)
- multiple or all stakeholders
In 2023, 745+ signatories over US$136 trillion in assets are requesting information.. The full list of companies requested by investors can be found here. During the 2023 cycle you can view which stakeholders are requesting you via your dashboard.
To read more about the stakeholders who request company disclosure, how they use data, or for more information on how to become a requesting stakeholder, please view our CDP investor signatories and CDP supply chain member pages or contact your other stakeholders from your dashboard.
What information am I being asked to disclose?
CDP has three thematic corporate questionnaires: Climate Change, Water Security and Forests. You may be requested to respond to all, or a combination, of these. The questionnaires provide a framework for companies to provide standardized environmental information to their stakeholders covering governance and policy, risks and opportunity management, environmental targets and strategy, and scenario analysis. The full questionnaires can be viewed here.
The questionnaires are the same for companies responding to requests from all requesting authorities, allowing companies to provide data to multiple data users at the same time. If you are requested to respond to customers, you will be presented with additional questions in the supply chain module where you can report on information specific to your relationship with your customer. RE100 members will also be required to fill-in specific questions to report on their RE100 commitments.
Companies in high-impact sectors, in addition to the general questions, will be presented with questions specific to that sector. The allocation of sector-specific questions to companies are determined by CDP's Activity Classification System (CDP-ACS). For more information, please see our Knowledge Article on CDP-ACS or visit the FAQ page under “What is the CDP Activity Classification System (CDP-ACS) and how is it used to allocate sector-specific questions?”
Note that companies will only be scored on their primary questionnaire sector. This means that if more than one set of sector questions applies to a company, not all questions will be scored. Sector-specific questions are labelled to indicate which sector(s) they apply to. However, we strongly encourage companies to respond to all questions that apply to them.
You may also find the following articles helpful:
- Access for companies
- Questionnaire guidance for companies
- Responding as a self-selected company, city, state or region
- Timeline for responding
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