CDP investor initiatives

Climate change, water scarcity, flooding, pollution and deforestation present material risks and opportunities to investors.

In order to protect their long term investments, institutional investors must act to reduce the long-term risks arising from environmental externalities.

CDP investor initiatives – backed in 2015 by more than 827 institutional investors representing an excess of US$100 trillion in assets – give investors access to a global source of year-on-year information that supports long-term objective analysis. This includes evidence and insight into companies’ greenhouse gas emissions, water usage and strategies for managing climate change, water and deforestation risks.

For HSBC, climate change is a cornerstone of our ongoing business strategy…The reporting framework that CDP has pioneered over the past decade has helped us both as a respondent and a signatory, to improve our understanding of the strategic risks and opportunities in this area.

Douglas Flint, Group Chairman,
HSBC Holdings plc

Leveraging the power of the shareholder and lender, CDP has gathered the largest global collection of self reported environmental information. Our system enables companies around the world to measure, disclose, manage and share climate change, forest and water information. As a result, these investor initiatives play a critical role in driving emissions reductions and improved water and forest management and trigger corporate behavioral change.

CDP requests standardized climate change, water and forest information from some of the world’s largest listed companies through annual questionnaires sent on behalf of institutional investors that endorse them as ‘CDP signatories’. These shareholder requests for information encourage companies to account for and be transparent about environmental risk. Transparency of this data throughout the global market place ensures the financial community has access to the best available corporate environmental information to help drive investment flows towards a low carbon and more sustainable economy.

 

Recent reports

Visible cracks: which cement makers are failing to address structural issues?

Emission impossible: Which car makers are driving into trouble?

Making the grade: are some miners chasing fool's gold?

Back to the laboratory: Are global chemical companies innovating for a low-carbon future?

How CDP Data Can Inform Investors about Risk and Opportunities in U.S. Municipal Bonds

Linking CDP and GIC's Investor Expectations: Oil and Gas Company Strategy

Flicking the switch: Are electric utilities prepared for a low carbon future? (Executive summary)

No room for passengers: Are auto manufacturers reducing emissions quickly enough? (Executive summary)

Why companies need emissions reduction targets; The key to a Low-Carbon Economy

Power Generation Utilities; Navigating Global Water Risk

Lower emissions, higher ROI: the rewards of low carbon investment

Use of internal carbon price by major US companies

Investor Engagement Tool; Helping investors to identify non-responding companies

21st century investment strategies using CDP climate change data

 

Other resources for investors

CDP's Water Brochure for Investors 2016
Download our brochure to understand:

  • Water insecurity - the facts;
  • The relevance to investors; and
  • Corporate scoring.

Download the brochure »

 

Low Carbon Investing - Institutional Masterclass
An expert pannel discus the merits of adopting a low carbon approach to investing. The programme is divided up in to the following 3 modules:

  1. The risks of not adopting a low carbon approach to investing
  2. Low carbon investing - is it higher risk?
  3. Asset owners’ attitudes to low carbon investing

Watch the video »

CDP’s GHG Emissions Dataset
A new methodology and supporting models to assess the accuracy of self-reported corporate emissions data...
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Linking CDP and GIC's Investor Expectations of Mining Companies
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Investor platform for Climate Actions
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Church Investors Group: Engaging with Investor CDP non-responders
Read the case study »

 

Investor news & events

Paul Simpson on Bloomberg TV
Paul Simpson, CEO of CDP, talks about Carbon Action and the economic benefits of reducing carbon emissions.

Lance Pierce, President CDP North America
Lance Pierce explains why investors should be motivated to reduce carbon-exposure in their portfolios.
Watch the recording »

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The Paris Agreement

The Paris Agreement signed in December 2015 is a new compass for business. Our infographic demonstrates the significant investor support for the deal.

View our infographic
Key investor actions around COP21

Become a signatory

View further information on becoming a CDP signatory or a member.

Alternatively please contact:

Henry Repard
Project Officer – Investor Initiatives
henry.repard@cdp.net | +44 (0) 20 3818 3928

or you can download our brochure.

Download the investor initiatives brochure

 

CDP provides the most comprehensive collection of environmental data, including qualitative information and quantitative metrics.

Find out how CDP data is being used by investors

 

Watch investors discuss why environmental aspects and CDP's non-financial data are so important in making investment decisions and help to dtive change.

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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