Supply chain program guidance

Timeline 2016

The timeline depends on how you have been requested to respond to CDP.

  • Requested by customers only
    Companies receive the request in early April and must submit entirely by July 28.
  • Requested by customers and investors (see climate change program)
    Companies receive the investor request in early February, and the supply chain request in early April. The main questionnaire must be submitted by June 30 and supply chain module submitted by July 28. Follow this step-by-step guide to submit to both CDP's climate change and/or water and supply chain questionnaires.


The questionnaires are divided into several sections in order to fully understand the actions your company is undertaking to mitigate the risks in the supply chain.

Responder pack

This includes the questionnaire, drafting word document, main guidance documents, scoring methodology and ORS guidance.


Recorded Guidance Webinars​ ​​

CDP Supplier Support Webinar – How to use the ORS & submit your response

CDP Supplier Support Webinar - SMEs

CDP Supplier Support Webinar - First time disclosers

CDP Supplier Support Webinar - Experienced disclosers

How to calculate your greenhouse gas emissions | Download notes

How to set a carbon reduction target | Download notes

Introduction to climate change disclosure webinar | Download notes

Constructing your response webinar | Download notes

Explaining the terminology webinar | Download notes

Risks and opportunities webinar | Download notes

Accounting, boundaries and scopes webinar | Download notes

Support for Small/Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) webinar | Download notes​​​

An reporting overview in Mandarin for new and returning companies | Download notes​​​


2016 Scoring Information

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Supply Chain Scoring Methodology 2016
Question-level information on disclosure and performance scoring methodology.


CDP Response Check

You can avoid mistakes in your response by using our Response Check service.

Our Response Check service picks up issues that may affect your score, or problems with the information you are presenting to your stakeholders. Find out more.

Arrange your Response Check with our accredited consultancy partners by emailing​​​​​​​

Guidance on responding

Supply Chain Reporting Guidance Documents 2016
This explains each question in detail and includes what information to provide, the req​uired format, and where to find tools or further information to construct your answer. This document is free to download.

Using CDP's Online Response System (ORS)
How to register, sign in, activate questionnaire(s) and use the ORS.
This guide is also available in Simplified Chinese.

Supply Chain Drafting Documents 2016
These documents are solely for the purpose of drafting a response to CDP's 2016 supply chain questionnaire. Your final response to CDP must be entered via the CDP Online Response System (ORS).

How to respond to supply chain as an SME
Guidance for small and medium sized enterprises to select a shorter questionnaire

How to activate and submit investor climate change and/or water and supply chain questionnaires
Guidance for activating and submitting the supply chain questionnaire if your company has also been requested to respond to climate change and/or water by investors

Supply Chain Reporting Roadmap 2016
A guide to help responders to move from a basic response towards complete disclosure.

Guidance for First Time Responders
A document to help new responders submit information to CDP.

CDP Amendments Policy
Please check your response before submitting. Read this page if you need to amend your respond after you have submitted


Additional guidance on responding

Carbon footprinting overview for chinese companies
Other languages: Mandarin

Carbon footprinting: carbon reporting tool for Chinese SME companies - user guide
Other languages: Mandarin

Further sources of help

CDP reporter services
CDP service partners
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