Water program guidance

Timeline 2014

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

  • Requested by investors
    Companies receive CDP’s information request in early February and the disclosure deadline is 30 June 2014.
  • Requested by customers?
    Companies receive the supply chain information request in early April and the disclosure deadline is 31 July 2014.

    For more information, please see the supply chain program guidance page

Responder pack

This includes the questionnaire, drafting word document, main guidance, and ORS guidance


Guidance on responding

Water Guidance Document
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.

Water Drafting Document (zip)
This document is solely for the purpose of drafting a response to the CDP 2014 water questionnaire. Your final response to CDP must be entered via the CDP Online Response System (ORS).

Using the Online Response System (ORS)
How to activate, log in, and use the ORS, including common problems and solutions.
Watch a recorded webinar on using the ORS

Water Reporting Roadmap
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.

Changes to Water for 2014
An outline of major changes in the water questionnaire.

CDP Water Guidance 2013 (for reference only)


Scoring information

Water Scoring Methdology 2014

In 2014, CDP’s water scoring methodology will be tested as a pilot on Global 500 respondents on a confidential basis. Results may be communicated in an aggregated manner publicly in September/October 2014. During 2014, CDP will engage with respondents and other key stakeholders in a range of ways to obtain feedback on the methodology and ensure that it is robust and of the highest possible quality. The final scoring methodology will be published in February 2015 and applied across all respondents from June - August 2015. A decision has yet to be made as to how final scores will be communicated.​​​​​


Further sources of help

CDP reporter services
CDP service partners​
Contact us at respond@cdp.net.​

Guidance webinars

  • How and why to disclose to CDP's water program
    April 2nd 2014
    17.00 London // 10.00 Mexico City // 12.00 New York
  • Disclosing water risk with CDP and WRI
    April 3rd 2014
    16.00 London // 10.00 Mexico City // 11.00 New York
  • Guidance on CDP's 2014 water questionnaire
    April 16th 2014
    8:00 London // 15:00 Perth // 16:00 Tokyo
  • Guidance on CDP's 2014 water questionnaire
    April 16th 2014
    17.00 London // 10.00 Mexico City // 12.00 New York
  • CDP & The Alliance for Water Stewardship – standards and disclosure
    April 22nd 2014
    14.00 London


Alignment with other reporting initiatives

The CEO Water Mandate Disclosure Guidelines aim to support and inform existing and emerging work in the field of corporate sustainability, in addition to supporting companies’ water-related disclosure. We work closely with the CEO Water Mandate as strategic project partners, offering insight regarding water disclosure practice and where appropriate, we seek to align future iterations of our Water Information Request with the Guidelines.

Standards for water reporting are not as consistently established as those for carbon and so we work closely with the CEO Water Mandate, the World Resources Institute (WRI), WWF, WBCSD, GRI and similar organizations to support the development of effective standards and help accelerate movement towards a standard which companies are comfortable reporting against and through which investors can gain meaningful information.


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