The CDP (launched in 2000 as the Carbon Disclosure Project) provides a global disclosure system that collects information from the world’s largest organizations about their climate change risks, opportunities, strategies and performance, and the way in which they consume and affect natural resources including water and forests. By leveraging market forces including shareholders, customers and governments, CDP has incentivized thousands of companies and cities across the world’s largest economies to measure and disclose their greenhouse gas emissions, climate change risk and water strategies. CDP annually requests information on the risks and opportunities of climate change and natural resource use from the world’s largest companies on behalf of over 800 institutional investor signatories with a combined US$100 trillion in assets under management. The information (including climate performance data) disclosed by companies in response are collated in a global database. Individual company and city responses are made available publicly on the CDP website.
Industry sectors covered by the instrument
Organizations covered by the instrument
Private standard initiative
Type of instrument
Mandatory or voluntary
The geographical scope
International/regional (eg. EU)