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 2015 by more than 822 institutional investors representing an excess of US$95 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 environmental information to help drive investment flows towards a low carbon and more sustainable economy.


Recent reports

Back to the laboratory: Are global chemical companies innovating for a low-carbon future?

How CDP Data Can Inform Investors about Risk and Opportunities in U.S. Municipal Bonds

Linking CDP and GIC's Investor Expectations: Oil and Gas Company Strategy

Flicking the switch: Are electric utilities prepared for a low carbon future? (Executive summary)

No room for passengers: Are auto manufacturers reducing emissions quickly enough? (Executive summary)

Why companies need emissions reduction targets; The key to a Low-Carbon Economy

Power Generation Utilities; Navigating Global Water Risk

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


While the world of environmental, social and governance disclosure is evolving rapidly, the current CDP framework is the most comprehensive global database currently available for company-specific analysis on climate risks and opportunities.

Doug Pearce, CEO,
BC Investment Management Corporation


Other resources for investors

Investor platform for Climate Actions
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Become a signatory

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

Alternatively please contact:

Henry Repard
Project Officer – Investor Initiatives | +44 (0) 20 3818 3928

or you can download our brochure.

Download the investor initiatives 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


Watch investors discuss why environmental aspects and CDP's non-financial data are so important in making investment decisions and help to dtive change.

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.

Discover how CDP seeks to increase and tailor disclosure from companies in high impact sectors to gather insight into their environmental performance.
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Investor news & events

Future proofing your business; why investors care about corporate water disclosure
Watch this webinar, hosted by CDP and Boston Common, where we discussed the investor interest in corporate water stewardship and disclosure and their ability and desire to hold companies accountable for their water impacts and risks. Watch the recording »

Paul Simpson on Bloomberg TV
Paul Simpson, CEO of CDP, talks about Carbon Action and the economic benefits of reducing carbon emissions.

Lance Pierce, President CDP North America
Lance Pierce explains why investors should be motivated to reduce carbon-exposure in their portfolios. Watch the recording »

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