The CDP Science-Based Targets (SBTs) Campaign offers CDP investor signatories the opportunity to play a key role in accelerating the adoption of science-based climate targets in the corporate sector, by collaboratively engaging companies on this matter.
This unique campaign builds on CDP’s tried and tested collective engagement mechanism – and our experience as one of the founding partners of the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) – to accelerate the adoption of science-based targets in the corporate sector.
In driving the adoption of science-based emission reduction targets, investors can decarbonize their portfolios and mitigate climate-related risks to which they may be exposed.
Global carbon emissions need to reach net-zero by 2050 at the latest to limit warming to 1.5°C, as stipulated in the Paris Agreement. Science-based targets provide companies with a roadmap for reducing their emissions at the pace and scale that the science tells us is necessary for a 1.5°C world.
The model of the campaign is simple.
|June – September 6, 2020||Investor sign-up|
|September – October 2020||Company outreach and CDP press release|
|September – May 2021||Company commitment
|February 2021||Release of CDP SBT campaign mid-term report (download here)|
For more information or to get involved, please email: [email protected]
Which companies will be contacted?
The campaign will target the most climate-relevant companies within the global investable market. CDP has carefully curated this sample with the MSCI ACWI Index as a starting point, and applied a number of filters to ensure maximum impact and relevance, both from the climate and investment perspectives. See our methodology for more detail.
|Total number of companies||Total market cap||Total GHG emissions (Scope 1,2,3)||% of MSCI ACWI coverage|
|CDP High Impact SBTs Campaign sample||1,898||$ 39 691 billion||55 GT||48% (1265) of MSCI ACWI|
Can investors choose which companies they engage with in this campaign?
No. To harness the power of this collective engagement and make this campaign more accessible to our signatories, CDP and the SBTi have identified the most climate-relevant companies, and will contact these on behalf of investors. Feel free to provide us feedback here.
How do investors take part in this campaign?
Simply fill in this sign up form by September 6, 2020.
How much work does this entail for investors?
We have set this campaign up to be as accessible as possible for our investor signatories. All signatories need to do is sign up to the campaign, and CDP and SBTi will take care of the rest. Of course, it is always helpful to engage directly with companies on this topic as well, but that can be done at the discretion of each participating investor.
Can all investors take part in this campaign?
To support this campaign, you simply need to be a CDP investor signatory. If you are not yet, find out how to become a signatory.
How long will the campaign last?
This first campaign will run from September 2020 until May 2021 and is then expected to run annually thereafter.
How is this different from other investor engagement initiatives in the market?
This new, first-of-its-kind campaign is the only collaborative engagement allowing a global network of investors to ask hundreds of high-impact companies to set a science-based target.
Can I see the letters sent to companies with my signature?
Yes – you can view the three different letters that have been developed for companies tailored to their circumstances:
How is this different from CDP’s other investor engagement like the annual disclosure cycle or the Non-Disclosure Campaign?
CDP’s annual disclosure campaign, supported by all CDP signatories, invites companies to disclose their environmental data.
The Non-Disclosure Campaign (optional for signatories) allows investors to target specific companies that have not responded to CDP’s disclosure request in the previous year.
This SBTs Engagement Campaign (optional for signatories) allows investors to accelerate more ambitious corporate action by specifically asking companies to set a science-based target (SBT).
How will the success of the campaign be measured?
Although it is difficult to attribute the setting of an SBT by companies to one factor only, the success of this campaign will be assessed by looking at how many new companies signed the SBTi commitment letter, during the time of the campaign.
Given the current economic uncertainty, is there any pushback from businesses over the difficulty of setting long-term goals in this environment?
We understand and fully empathize with the many that will be finding these extraordinary times difficult. Through our own work, we are seeing positive signs that businesses and investors have not lost sight of the importance of mitigating and managing their own impact to avoid the potentially disastrous economic and human losses linked to the climate crisis.
How do companies benefit from setting science-based targets?
Already adopted by nearly a thousand companies across the globe, science-based targets are a tried and tested method for businesses to prepare for the transition to a zero-carbon economy.
Adapting early is likely to lead to reduced regulatory uncertainty, improved profitability and competitiveness, thereby boosting investor confidence.
To find out more, visit the Science Based Targets initiative website.
How will CDP support companies in setting science-based targets?
Companies contacted as part of this campaign will be provided with useful links to resources, and directed to contact their local CDP office to receive further support in getting started or in taking the final steps to set their SBTs.