CDP climate disclosure scores


 Introduction to carbon disclosure scores


The disclosure score reflects the comprehensiveness of a company’s response in terms of the depth and breadth of its answers. The score is normalized to a 100-point scale and covers issues such as:

  • The extent to which a company measures its carbon emissions
  • The comprehensiveness of the information that it provides on climate-related actions
  • The depth of information given on the issues climate change presents to the business
  • Whether a company uses a third party for external verification of its data in order to promote greater confidence and usage of the data.

Not all company responses are scored. Some samples – samples are groups of companies based on market capitalization – are not scored.

It is important to note that the climate disclosure score is not a metric of a company’s performance in relation to climate change management, because the score does not make any judgment about mitigation actions. A company’s disclosure score is based solely on the information disclosed in the company’s CDP response.


 What does a CDP climate disclosure score represent?


Generally, companies scoring within a particular range suggest levels of commitment to, and experience of, climate disclosure. Indicative descriptions of these levels are provided below for guidance only; data-users should read individual company responses to understand the context for each business.

High (>70)
Senior management understand the business issues related to climate change and are building climate related risks and opportunities into core business.

Midrange (50–70)
Increased understanding and measurement of company-specific risks and opportunities related to climate change.

Low (<50)
Limited or restricted ability to measure and disclose climate related risks, opportunities and overall carbon emissions.


 Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) 2012


To qualify for inclusion in the CDLI for their sample, companies must:

  • Be among the top-scoring companies. The threshold for inclusion is set by the report-writer for their sample.
  • Respond to CDP using the Online Response System.
  • Make their response publicly available.

The Global 500 CDLI 2012

*Consecutive years in the CDLI

Sector Company Disclosure score Years in CDLI* Performance Band
Consumer Discretionary BMW 99 2 A
  Daimler 99 1 A-
  Philips Electronics 98 2 A-
  TJX Companies 97 1 B
  Honda Motor Company 96 1 B
  Panasonic 96 3 A
  Home Depot 95 1 B
  News Corporation 95 3 B
Consumer Staples Nestlé 100 3 A
  Diageo 98 1 A
  Danone 97 1 B
  The Coca-Cola Company 96 1 B
  L’Oreal 94 1 B
  PepsiCo 94 2 B
Energy Repsol 98 1 A-
  Hess 97 4 B
  Spectra Energy 95 1 B
Financials Allianz Group 97 2 A
  UBS 97 2 A
  Goldman Sachs Group 95 1 B
  Swiss Re 95 2 B
  Wells Fargo 95 1 A
  Ace 94 1 A
Health Care Bayer 100 5 A
  Gilead Sciences 96 2 B
Industrials UPS 99 2 B
  Siemens 98 5 A-
  Deutsche Post 97 3 B
  CSX 95 1 B
  Saint-Gobain 95 3 B
Information Technology Microsoft 99 1 B
  Nokia Group 98 1 A
  Sony Corporation 97 2 B
  Cisco Systems 96 5 B
  Samsung Electronics 96 4 B
  Google 95 1 B
  Wipro 95 1 B
Materials BASF 99 5 A
  Anglo Platinum 96 1 B
  Air Products & Chemicals 95 2 B
  Anglo American 94 1 A
  E.I. du Pont de Nemours 94 1 B
  POSCO 94 1 B
  Praxair 95 4 A-
Telecommunication Services AT&T 95 1 B
  Koninklijke KPN 94 1 A
Utilities Gas Natural SDG 99 1 A
  Power Assets Holdings 99 1 B
  Fortum 98 2 B
  Centrica 96 5 B
  Iberdrola 95 1 A
  Exelon 94 1 A
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