Reporting climate change data to CDP

Benefits of reporting

Measurement, management and disclosure of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change data is an increasingly important aspect of standard business practice. There are numerous benefits for organizations gathering data in response to the CDP questionnaire, including:

  • Increased transparency to shareholders, clients and the public audience.
  • Identifying how the organization copes with threats arising from climate change.
  • Highlighting the business opportunities available.
  • Enhanced ability to increase efficiency and reduce unnecessary costs.

The CDP process helps supplier companies gather information which will provide valuable insight into their greenhouse gas emissions and climate change strategy. By disclosing through CDP's supply chain program, companies can:

  • Begin the process of calculating their carbon footprint.
  • Manage the risks and opportunities from climate change.
  • Identify areas where there is scope for energy efficiencies which in turn can lead to both emissions reductions and cost savings.
  • Benchmark against their peer group and showcase successes.

How to get started

If your organization has been invited to report to CDP you will have received an information request and an invitation to activate your online account. All responses to our questionnaire must be submitted to us through the CDP online response system.

For companies that have not yet received the information request, please ensure that you register and create an account.

The following points may be useful to consider prior to completing the CDP questionnaire:

  • Gathering information prior to completing the questionnaire will help to streamline data entry.
  • Reading through your last company response.
  • If your company belongs to a trade or industry association, please verify if these have tailored GHG disclosure guidance that might help with the completion of the questionnaire.
  • Consider whether your comp​any wishes to submit their information publicly or chooses to keep their response private so that it is not listed on our website.

Support for responding companies

You can find reporting guidance and a wide range of support tools to assist companies in responding to CDP on our guidance pages. We also provide detailed guidance to assist with the individual sections of the questionnaire. Once logged into the online response system, you can access question-specific guidance to the right of each question.​​

Reporting timeline

Climate change program: CDP sends out its annual information request to companies worldwide on 1 February, after which the online response system is open for data input from disclosing companies. Corporations should submit their CDP response by the 29 May deadline. Publicly disclosed data will be published on our website in the month of September.

Supply chain program: CDP sends out its annual information request to companies worldwide on 1 April, after which the online response system is open for data input from disclosing companies. Suppliers should submit their CDP response by the 31 July deadline. Publicly disclosed data will be published on our website in the month of January.

Responding to CDP's climate change or supply chain programs?

If you represent a company responding to CDP's climate change or supply chain programs, please sign in using your username and password.

Have you not been asked to respond to CDP but wish to do so? Find out more.

CDP scoring methodology

Company responses from the Global 500, S&P 500, FTSE 350 and other listings will be scored according to a set of criteria in the CDP scoring methodology.

The CDP scoring methodology will be used to benchmark responding suppliers. The results of this will not be made public and will be available only to suppliers and requesting members.

Find out more about CDP's scoring methodology

Contact a CDP team

Climate change program | respond@cdp.net

Supply chain program | respond@cdp.net

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