Forests program guidance

Timeline 2016

Companies receive the request in February and must submit by June 30.


The questionnaire is divided into several sections to provide a logical structure to fully understand the actions your company is undertaking to address deforestation risk.

Reporting Guidance 

This explains each question in detail and includes what information to provide, the required format, and where to find tools or further information to construct your answer.

Responder pack

This includes the questionnaire, drafting document, reporting guidance, scoring methodology, and ORS guidance.​


Guidance webinars

The guidance webinars provide an introduction to the forest program, explaining the value and opportunities that result from disclosing on forests, and how the disclosure process works.

  • Why respond to CDP’s forests program?
    This webinar is an introduction to the forests program and deforestation risk. It explains why disclosing to CDP on forests is a valuable process & opportunity for companies; how that disclosure process works; and briefly introduces the component parts of the 2016 questionnaire. It will be most useful to those people and companies new to CDP’s forests program.
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  • CDP's 2016 forests questionnaire and scoring
    Listen to this technical webinar to learn more about the 2016 questionnaire and scoring methodology, including any changes made since last year.
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  • How to use the CDP scoring methodology
    A short webinar to explain how to use the CDP scoring methodology documents.
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  • Your CDP score
    Listen to this webinar to give you an understanding of your CDP score, which is applied to all our CDP programs.
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Special focus webinars

  • Deforestation-free supply chains: the importance of transparency and corporate disclosure
    WWF's Director of Forests, Rod Taylor, reviewed the recent groundswell of corporate deforestation-free commitments and the opportunities and challenges to implement these in the 11 global deforestation fronts identified in the latest chapter of the WWF Living Forests Report, Saving Forests at Risk. The need for transparency was discussed as a key element to achieve a deforestation-free supply chain.
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CDP's sector focus

Discover how CDP seeks to increase and tailor disclosure from companies in high impact sectors to gather insight into their environmental performance.
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Guidance on responding

Forests reporting guidance 2016
This explains each question in detail and includes what information to provide, the required format, and where to find tools or further information to construct your answer. ​

Forests program drafting document (zip)
This document is solely for the purpose of drafting a response to the 2016 Forests questionnaire. Your final response to CDP must be entered via the CDP Online Response System (ORS).

Changes Document for 2016
An outline of major changes in the forests questionnaire.

Forests Reporting Roadmap
A guide to help responders to move from a basic response towards a complete disclosure.

Using the Online Response System (ORS)
How to register, sign in, activate questionnaires and use the ORS.

The administrative fee and the ORS
How to view and take action on the administrative fee using the Online Response System (ORS).

Guidance for first time respon​ders
A document to help new responders submit information to CDP.

Additional guidance for airline companies
A document to advise airline companies on how to include information on biofuels in their response.

CDP forests guidance document 2015
(for reference only)

Further sources of help

CDP reporter services
CDP service partners
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Scoring information

2016 scoring methodology

CDP aims to score all the companies in the forests sample that submit in English, by June 30. In addition, those self-selected companies that responded in 2015 will also be scored if their response is submitted by this deadline. Companies are therefore advised to consult the CDP forests scoring methodology when formulating their response, which is also available as an excel workbook (zip).

Companies will be informed of their score and will receive a feedback chart, allowing them to benchmark themselves against their sector. CDP will publish forests scores of those companies that have been requested to disclose and respond through the program publicly.

Scoring introduction
Introduction to how scoring is applied to all CDP programs.

Scoring policies

Scoring appeal policy 2016

Conflict of interest policy 2016

CDP Forests scoring partner

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