CDP Global 500 Report 2011

Accelerating Low Carbon Growth

The 2011 edition of the annual CDP Global 500 report examines the carbon reduction activities at the world’s largest public corporations.

Taking action towards low carbon growth is fundamental if business is to protect itself against risks such as resource scarcity and create more sustainable business models that generate long term shareholder value. This year CDP sent its annual questionnaire to Global 500 companies on behalf of 551 investors with US$71 trillion of assets, asking them to measure and report what climate change means for their business. Over 400 corporations responded.

This report, entitled Accelerating Low Carbon Growth, provides the latest insight from these company responses into how the world’s major companies are preparing for a low carbon economy. It highlights the link between greenhouse gas emissions management and financial performance and reveals this year’s leaders in both disclosure and performance.

"Managing carbon emissions and protecting the business from climate change impacts is fundamental to achieving sustainable and strong shareholder returns."

- Paul Simpson, CEO, Carbon Disclosure Project

"The reporting framework that the CDP has pioneered over the past decade has helped us both as respondent and signatory to improve our understanding of the strategic risks and opportunities in this area."

- Douglas Flint, Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings plc

Signatories & members

CDP asks almost 6,000 of the world’s largest companies to report on their climate strategies, GHG emissions and energy use in the standardized Investor CDP format.

See a list of 2011 CDP Investor members

551 financial institutions with assets of US$71 trillion were signatories to the CDP 2011 information request

See a list of 2011 CDP Investor signatories

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