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 2014 by more than 767 institutional investors representing an excess of US$92 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 climate change information to help drive investment flows towards a low carbon and more sustainable economy.

 

Recent reports

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

Linking Climate Engagement to Financial Performance: An Investor’s Perspective

The 3% Solution

Material water risk to Metals & Mining sector demands new valuation models

Adaptation underwriting risks for insurers executive summary

Carbon reductions generate positive ROI - Carbon Action report 2012

The ETS Spring report - Climate Change - 2012

Become a signatory

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

Alternatively please contact:

Charles Fruitiere
Project Officer – Investor Initiatives
charles.fruitiere@cdp.net | +44 (0)207 415 7033

or you can download our 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 to support their decision making and activities.

 

Watch Sasja Beslik of Nordea Investment Funds talk to CDP on the need for responsible investment at the launch of the CDP Iberia Climate Change Report 2013.

Institutional investors must consider ESG
In his TED talk Chris McKnett, a CDP investor signatory, argues that institutional investors hold the key in improving sustainability if they start taking environmental, social and governance issues into account when making investment decisions.

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.

 
  Join the CDP LinkedIn group Follow @cdp on Twitter          Subscribe to receive our monthly newsletter
  Connect with us          Newsletter
   
 
 
  © 2014 CARBON DISCLOSURE PROJECT, Registered Charity no. 1122330.
A company limited by guarantee registered in England no. 05013650