The deadline that applies depends on the program(s) you are participating in:
- CDP supply chain program only: 28 July 2016; or
- CDP supply chain and CDP climate change and/or water programs: 30 June 2016 for the climate change and/or water module and 28 July 2016 for the supply chain module(s).
Companies should report on the most recent 12-month period for which data is available.
Question CC0.2 of the information request asks companies to state the reporting year that applies to their response. Please see the 2016 guidance document for information on this question. At this point CDP does not require companies to align their reporting year with their fiscal year. When organizations are reporting emissions intensity using a financial metric, however, the emissions information and the financial information provided should align with the reporting year defined in CC0.2.
The growing demand for reliable data drives the importance of verification. Whilst verification is not currently a requirement, it is encouraged through the CDP scoring methodology with a noteworthy percentage of the scores allocated to verification.
Details on CDP’s verification requirements, guidance and resources in form of papers and recorded webinars, can be found at verification. For further support on the topic, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch with one of CDP's verification partners.
CDP supply chain responses will be published when scores are released to responding companies, in November. Only public responses will be listed. Non-public and non-responding companies will not be identified on the website and scores will not be released for any respondents to this program. Please note that CDP supply chain responses are available to the specific requesting members immediately on submission.
Identifying the most appropriate and accurate emissions factors is one of the more challenging issues in GHG accounting as emissions factors vary with the precise nature of the material involved. Therefore, it is beyond the scope of CDP's work to provide advice on specific factors and how they should be applied.
The GHG Protocol encourages companies to calculate their own emissions factors based on specific materials used and processes adopted. When this is not possible, companies should refer to emissions factors published by governmental and other bodies such as the EPA in the US, DEFRA in the UK and the IEA. Companies may also find it useful to refer to emissions factor databases compiled by organizations offering carbon calculation services. In this case, for additional advice on emissions factors, companies could speak to one of CDP’s partners.
According to the GHG Protocol’s Scope 3 standard (page 62): "Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3 inventories include only emissions, not removals. Any removals (e.g., biological GHG sequestration) may be reported separately from the scopes". In accordance with this approach, we ask that in your CDP response you report emissions as gross figures, without reductions or sequestration taken into account. This applies whether the CO2 remains within the consolidation boundary or has been transferred outside it. This information can be included in the "Further information" fields in the questionnaire. Please note that this information will not be scored, but it will be made visible to investors and other data users viewing the response.
Equally, removals should not be reported as emissions reduction activities because question CC3.3 refers to activities that reduce the company’s Scope 1, Scope 2 or Scope 3 emissions which, again, do not account for removals.
However, if the sequestration has led to the origination of offset credits, these can be reported in answer to CC13.2 and may be eligible for points.
A disclosing company who responded to CDP supply chain in 2015 is able to use the ‘Copy from last year’ function in the 2016 CDP climate change ORS only if it also responded to the CDP climate change program in 2015. If it did not, it will not be able to use the 'Copy from last year' button because the pre-population functionality is configured to search for 2015 responses for the same program and will not look for responses to a different program.
CDP is an international not-for-profit organization providing the only global environmental disclosure system. These insights enable investors, companies and governments to mitigate risks from the use of energy and natural resources and identify opportunities from taking a responsible approach to the environment. This provides a platform for a responding company to demonstrate their current actions and achievements and is also a means to spotlight any future plans.
To facilitate ease of reporting for companies, CDP provides one standardized request that enables one response to be delivered to numerous investors or customers. This minimizes effort and maximizes reach on the part of the respondent. Many companies who are new to the process particularly find value in the structure of the questionnaire. Whilst they may not yet have any measured emissions data to provide, working through each section can help a company create their own internal strategies and systems, providing a framework for their climate change policies and actions. Find out more about responding to CDP's supply chain program.
Yes, we will welcome responses from any company though you cannot respond voluntarily through our Supply chain program. Your company will be added to the listings for our Investor led programs. We will not include non-requested companies’ responses in the statistical analysis in our 2016 reports but we may quote it to illustrate leading practice. Email email@example.com to get an account set up.
Companies already responding to an Investor-led CDP program (climate change, water or forests) that subsequently receive a supply chain request do not have to complete again any elements they have already answered.
The supply chain elements for climate change and water do contain additional questions, but on submission of the Investor-led responses your answers to CC1-15 and W1-10 will automatically be copied over into the response you submit to the supply chain program.
You will be required to save the Introduction for supply chain, ticking the appropriate boxes to copy over your existing response(s), complete the then proceed to submit.
Please do note the earlier deadline of 30 June 2016 for the investor-led programs, though your supply chain response may be submitted up to 28 July 2016.
To find more information on submitting multiple requests please see our step-by-step guide on the guidance pages.
Companies are encouraged to provide as much information as possible and partial information is more useful to investors/members than none at all. Those companies whose response is being scored however will lose points where no answer is given. Where a company answers "no" to a question, they should explain the reasoning they went through to arrive at that conclusion, or the information they are working to provide in future years, in order to get full credit for the response. It should be noted that if you have been asked to respond to CDP by your investors or customers, your response is important to them.
New users must register using the activation link in the invitation sent by CDP, you cannot register for a company response on our website.
Your user portal will present you with the programs to which your company has been asked to respond. You can activate each questionnaire using the relevant link on this page. If you have not received an invitation, please contact us. Find out more about responding to CDP's supply chain program.
For the sake of transparency CDP asks that first-time responders report three years of emissions data. Please see page fourteen of the climate change guidance document under CC0.2: reporting year.
In addition, companies that have reported emissions data to CDP in the past may restate their emissions for previous reporting years as an addition to the emissions information provided for the most recent reporting year.
With regard to scoring, only the information applying to the most recent reporting year is scored. Therefore, if a company is only able to provide information for the most recent year it will not be penalized in the scoring. Similarly, if a company restates emissions figures provided it the past, its score will not be impacted.
The SME questionnaire is simply a shortened version of the regular information request, as it only includes questions most relevant to smaller operations. Please note, there is only an SME version for the Climate Change questionnaire; we do not currently have a shorter version for the Water questionnaire.
If appropriate, you can tick the boxes in your portal account for the SME questionnaire and you will then receive the option for this version at CC0.5 on the Introduction page of the Online Response System (ORS). You can review the criteria for an SME company here to determine if you qualify.