Agreement: the CDP Investor Signatory terms and conditions.
Billing Company: the organization identified in Annex 1 to this Agreement.
CDP: CDP Operations Limited, company number 06602534 whose registered office is at 4th Floor, 60 Great Tower Street, London EC3R 5AZ.
Fee: the fee specified on the ‘Make Payment’ page of CDP’s website.
First Subscription Year: the period commencing on the date that the Signatory accepts this Agreement and ending:
(i) if accepted by the Signatory during the period from 1 September to 15 January, on 15 January following the end of such period (e.g. if the date of acceptance of this Agreement is 1 December 2021, the date of expiry of the First Subscription Year is 15 January 2023); or
(ii) if accepted by the Signatory during the period from 16 January to 31 August, on 15 January following such commencement date (e.g. if the date of acceptance of this Agreement is 1 July 2022, the date of expiry of the First Subscription Year is 15 January 2023).
Services: the signatory benefits described in paragraph 3.
Signatory: the organization or entity that purchases the Services.
Subscription Term: the First Subscription Year and each Subscription Year thereafter (if any) as selected by the Signatory and specified on the ‘Make Payment’ page of CDP’s website.
Subscription Year: each period following the First Subscription Year commencing 16 January and ending on 15 January the following calendar year.
2.1 The parties to this Agreement shall be CDP, the Billing Company (where the Billing Company is not CDP) and the Signatory.
3.1 CDP shall, during the Subscription Term, provide the following Services to the Signatory on a non-exclusive basis:
3.1.1 public and non-public company responses to each of CDP’s investor requests on climate change, water and forests that the Signatory endorses (the “Company Response Data”). CDP will make such individual company responses available to the Signatory via the CDP website as soon as they are submitted and will clearly identify which of these responses are public and which are non-public. Selected Company Response Data may also be available to the Signatory via Bloomberg terminals if the Signatory is a Bloomberg subscriber;
3.1.2 CDP’s performance scores for the company responses referred to in paragraph 3.1.1, which assess the level of detail and comprehensiveness of each response, the company’s awareness of environmental issues, its management methods and its progress towards environmental stewardship (the “Scores”). CDP will make the Scores available when they are completed;
3.1.3 engagement support to help increase the number of companies disclosing environmental information to investors via CDP;
3.1.4 an electronic newsletter highlighting the latest developments at CDP.
4.1 The Signatory acknowledges and agrees that CDP and/or its licensors own all intellectual property rights in the Services and without limitation, all data, reports and other information supplied by CDP. Except as expressly stated herein, this Agreement does not grant the Signatory any rights to, or in, patents, copyright, database right, trade secrets, trade names, trademarks (whether registered or unregistered), or any other rights or licenses in respect of the Services.
4.2 CDP hereby grants to the Signatory a revocable, non-exclusive, non-assignable, non-licensable and royalty-free license:
4.2.1 to use the Company Response Data and the Scores only:
a. for internal company research;
b. for internal portfolio and fund analysis;
c. for company engagement;
d. to inform investment decisions;
e. to fulfill mandatory reporting requirements to regulators; and
f. in a ‘limited amount’ in research reports for clients of the Signatory only.
For the purposes of this paragraph 4.2.1, use of the Company Response Data and the Scores in a ‘limited amount’ must not undermine CDP’s ability to sell these to existing or potential customers. CDP may determine in its absolute discretion whether the Signatory’s use of the Company Response Data and the Scores is excessive and in such case, may revoke the Signatory’s license to use the Company Response Data and the Scores; and
4.4.2 to use the Services, other than the Company Response Data and the Scores (the use of which is set out in paragraph 4.2.1), only for internal business purposes.
The Signatory shall obtain CDP’s prior written consent if it wishes to use the Services, including without limitation, any data, reports or other information supplied by CDP for any purpose (including but not limited to, inclusion in a tradeable index, investment product or subscription or fee-based database service, or use or inclusion in any ‘benchmark’ falling within the scope of the UK Benchmarks Regulation as amended by the Low Carbon Benchmarks Regulation 2019)) other than as set out in this paragraph 4.2.
4.3 The license in paragraph 4.2 is granted on the express condition that the Services must be used by the Signatory in a manner which does not conflict with or undermine the charitable purposes of CDP Worldwide (parent company of CDP, registered in England with charity number no. 1122330), and in particular, the purpose of advancing environmental protection or environmental improvement for the public benefit.
4.4 The Signatory shall credit CDP as the source of the data it uses in any report.
4.5 The Signatory shall not disclose outside its organization any Company Response Data until after CDP has made such data publicly available (including to individuals, and organizations that are not signatories) via its website.
4.6 The Signatory may only disclose outside its organization data from non-public company responses provided that the data has been anonymized or aggregated in such manner that it has the effect of being anonymized.
4.7 The Signatory shall not permit any third party, including any subsidiary or holding company from time to time of the Signatory, and any subsidiary from time to time of a holding company of that party, access to the Services without the prior written consent of CDP.
4.8 The Signatory shall assume sole responsibility for its use of the Services and shall use all reasonable security practices and systems applicable to the use of the Services to prevent, and take prompt and proper remedial action against, unauthorized access, copying, modification, reproduction, display, or distribution of the Services.
4.9 The Signatory hereby grants to CDP a revocable, non-exclusive, assignable, licensable and royalty-free license to use its name and to refer to Signatory as a “CDP signatory” or “CDP Capital Markets signatory” in the normal course of its business, including in CDP reports, on its website and in its annual letter to companies inviting them to respond to each of CDP’s investor requests on climate change, water and forests that the Signatory endorses.
5.1 The Signatory shall pay the Fee to the Billing Company in consideration of the Services.
5.2 The Fee excludes amounts in respect of applicable value added tax (VAT) or any equivalent sales tax, which the Signatory shall additionally be liable to pay at the prevailing rate, subject to the receipt of a valid VAT invoice.
5.3 If the Signatory pays the Fee by credit or debit card at the time of placing the order for the Services, the Signatory shall pay the Fee immediately on acceptance of this Agreement.
5.4 If the Signatory requests to pay the Fee by bank transfer, the Signatory shall pay the Fee in full and in cleared funds within 30 days of the date of the invoice.
5.5 Time of payment of the Fee is of the essence.
5.6 The Signatory shall pay the Fee in full without any set-off, counterclaim, deduction or withholding (except for any deduction or withholding required by law).
6.1 CDP confirms that it has all the rights in relation to the Services that are necessary to grant all the rights it purports to grant under, and in accordance with, the terms of this Agreement.
6.2 The Services are provided to the Signatory on an “as is” basis and CDP does not make any representations that the Services will meet the Signatory’s expectations.
6.3 CDP hereby specifically disclaims all other warranties in respect of the Services, including without limitation and to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law: (i) all implied warranties, including any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose; (ii) any warranty regarding the functional characteristics or performance of the Services; (iii) any warranty regarding the profitability or other benefits to be obtained by the Services; and (iv) any warranty that the Services will be free from errors, viruses, bugs, interruptions or other access limitations.
6.4 The Signatory warrants that it is a legal entity and not a natural person (and is not a sole trader or partnership) and accordingly is a ‘corporate subscriber’ for the purposes of the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003.
7.1 No party excludes or limits its liability to any other party for:
7.1.1 fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation;
7.1.2 death or personal injury caused by negligence;
7.1.3 any matter in respect of which it would be unlawful for a party to exclude or limit liability.
7.2 Subject to paragraph 7.1, CDP and the Billing Company’s total aggregate liability to the Signatory in contract, tort (including negligence and breach of statutory duty howsoever arising), misrepresentation (whether innocent or negligent), restitution or otherwise, arising out of or in connection with this Agreement including the performance or contemplated performance of this Agreement or any collateral contract shall in respect of any cause of action related to this Agreement be limited to an amount equal to the Fee paid by the Signatory.
8.1 This Agreement shall continue for the Subscription Term unless terminated earlier in accordance with the provisions of this paragraph 8.
8.2 Without limiting its other rights or remedies, CDP (acting on its own behalf and the Billing Company’s behalf, if applicable) may terminate this Agreement with immediate effect by giving written notice to the Signatory if the Signatory:
8.2.1 commits a material breach of any term of the Agreement and (if such a breach is remediable) fails to remedy that breach within 5 days of the Signatory being notified in writing to do so;
8.2.2 fails to pay any amount due under the Agreement on the due date for payment and remains in default not less than 5 days after being notified in writing to make such payment;
8.2.3 suspends, threatens to suspend, ceases or threatens to cease to carry on all or a substantial part of its business.
8.3 Termination of the Agreement shall not affect any of the parties' rights and remedies that have accrued as at termination, including the right to claim damages in respect of any breach of this Agreement that existed at or before the date of termination.
8.4 Any provision of the Agreement that expressly or by implication is intended to come into or continue in force on or after termination shall remain in full force and effect.
9.1 “ Confidential Information” means information that is proprietary or information specifically designated as confidential, any information supplied by any third party in relation to which a duty of confidentiality is owed or arises, and any other information which should otherwise be reasonably regarded as possessing a quality of confidence, which may become known to a party.
9.2 Each party may be given access to Confidential Information from the other party in order to perform its obligations under this Agreement. A party's Confidential Information shall not be deemed to include information that: (a) is or becomes publicly known other than through any act or omission of the receiving party; (b) was in the other party's lawful possession before the disclosure; (c) is lawfully disclosed to the receiving party by a third party without restriction on disclosure; (d) is independently developed by the receiving party, which independent development can be shown by written evidence; or (e) is required to be disclosed by law, by any court of competent jurisdiction or by any regulatory or administrative body.
9.3 Each party shall hold the other's Confidential Information in confidence and, unless required by law, not make the other's Confidential Information available to any third party, or use the other's Confidential Information for any purpose other than the implementation of this Agreement.
9.5 The above provisions of this paragraph 9 shall survive termination of this Agreement, however arising.
10.1 No party shall be in breach of this Agreement nor liable for delay in performing, or failure to perform, any of its obligations under this Agreement if such delay or failure result from an event or circumstance beyond the reasonable control of a party. If the period of delay or non-performance continues for 8 weeks, the party not affected may terminate this Agreement by giving 5 days’ written notice to the affected party.
10.2 No failure or delay by a party to exercise any right or remedy provided under this Agreement or by law shall constitute a waiver of that or any other right or remedy, nor shall it preclude or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy. No single or partial exercise of any right or remedy shall preclude or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy.
10.3 This Agreement shall not constitute or imply any partnership, joint venture, agency, fiduciary relationship or other relationship between the parties, other than the rights and obligations expressly set out in this Agreement
10.4 This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties and supersedes and extinguishes all previous agreements, promises, assurances, warranties, representations and understandings between them, whether written or oral, relating to its subject matter.
10.5 The parties do not intend any term of this Agreement to be enforceable pursuant to the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999, save that the provisions of paragraph 7.2 may be directly enforced by the Billing Company for its own benefit.
10.6 CDP and/or the Billing Company may assign, transfer, charge or deal in any other manner with this Agreement or any of its rights under it without the prior written consent of the Signatory. The Signatory shall not assign, transfer, charge or deal in any other manner with this Agreement or any of its rights under it without the prior written consent of CDP.
10.7 CDP (acting on its own behalf and the Billing Company’s behalf, if applicable) reserves the right to change the terms and conditions of the Agreement or its policies relating to the Services at any time. Such changes shall be effective immediately or such other time as CDP elects. The Signatory agrees that notice of any material changes may be provided via email to the principal contact of the Signatory, along with an updated version of the Agreement. In the event of any materially adverse changes, the Signatory will have 30 days to notify CDP whether the Signatory elects to negotiate mutually agreeable terms or immediately terminate the Services (as they may be amended from time to time), without penalty to the Signatory; otherwise the Signatory will be deemed to have accepted such changes in their entirety.
10.8 Each party acknowledges that in entering into this Agreement it does not rely on, and shall have no remedies in respect of, any statement, representation, assurance or warranty (whether made innocently or negligently) that is not set out in this Agreement.
10.9 Any notice to be given by a party to another under this Agreement may be personally delivered or sent by recorded delivery to the address of the other party as notified in writing; or by transmission, with due transmission receipt, to an e-mail address as notified in writing for the purpose. Any personally delivered or e-mailed notice (where there is no bounce-back indicating non-receipt) shall be deemed received on the day it was delivered or sent, if it was delivered or sent on a working day before 5.00 pm and otherwise on the next working day.
10.10 Paragraph 10.9 shall not apply to the service of any proceedings or other documents in any legal action or, where applicable, any arbitration or other method of dispute resolution which must be served in accordance with any directions or the Civil Procedure Rules.
10.11 This Agreement and any dispute or claim arising out of it or its subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims) shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales.
10.12 Each party irrevocably agrees the courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any dispute or claim (including non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of or in connection with this Agreement or its subject matter or formation.
|Billing company||Location of Signatory|
|CDP Operations Limited||Algeria, Bahrain, Belarus, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Channel Islands, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Gabon, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Ireland, Israel, Georgia, Guernsey, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Mongolia, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Yemen|
|CDP Worldwide (Europe) gGmbH||Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland|
|CDP North America, Inc||Canada, USA|
|Carbon Disclosure Project (Latin America)||Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela|
|CDP Operations India Private Limited||India|
|CDP Hong Kong||Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam|
If the Signatory is located in a territory that is not listed in the table above, the Billing Company shall be CDP Operations Limited.