- Conduct scope 1 & 2 inventory
Conduct scope 3 screening and / or inventory
Quantitative and qualitative data collection
CDP Scoring assessment
Supporting CDP disclosures
Leading CDP disclosures
Science-Based Target (SBT) assistance
With decades of collective experience, SCS’ CDP consultants are motivated to make your CDP disclosure process more efficient and stress-free, while effectively communicating your ESG efforts.
Over the past two decades, CDP (formally Carbon Disclosure Project) has created a global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states, and regions to manage their environmental impacts. Using an independent scoring methodology, CDP measures organizational progress on climate change, forests and water security, and transparently discloses impacts by region and sector.
CDP disclosure requests are growing at an alarming rate, and more and more companies are voluntarily reporting. As of 2020, over 790 investors and major buyers requested companies to report to CDP, and more than 9,600 companies submitted CDP reports (14% more than the previous year).
However, reporting to CDP on an annual basis is also challenging. Without deep knowledge of CDP, the process can be time-consuming and frustrating – especially for companies disclosing for the first time. Fortunately, SCS has done a lot of the pre-work for you by systematizing response preparation, analyzing the CDP scoring methodology and guidance documents and streamlining the data collection processes to ensure a more efficient and headache-free disclosure process.
Why Choose SCS Consulting?
With more than three decades of experience in sustainability and an unwavering commitment to scientific rigor, credibility, and transparency, SCS Consulting Services helps companies implement transformative sustainability solutions that drive meaningful change and better business practices.
Each year, SCS Consultants evaluate the CDP questionnaire against the CDP scoring methodology and reporting guidance documents, so you don’t have to. Our streamlined process enables efficiencies in your work and ours, so we can focus on implementing change and advancing your climate, water, and forests efforts, all while improving your reporting and more clearly communicating your progress.
The CDP reporting process is complex and time-consuming. We provide clarity and efficiency.
- Our Services
- Our Process
- Assess gaps from previous reporting and disclosures
Identify areas to maximize your score
Collect quantitative and qualitative data
Craft responses aligned with CDP’s scoring methodology
Submit responses and identify areas for improvement
- Identifying areas of risk and opportunity
Gaining competitive market advantage
Transparently disclosing your impacts to customers and investors
Improving organization reputation
Benchmarking and tracking progress
Position your organization for future/potential regulation
What are CDP Questionnaires?
CDP questionnaires are available for cities, companies, states and regions to voluntarily report on a variety of sustainability related business metrics with a focus on climate change, water security, and forests. Questionnaires are completed on an annual basis and are often requested at the behest of investors and customers. Responses are graded from a “D” (disclosure) to an “A” (leadership) and, in many cases, publicly disclosed. Failure to respond to a CDP request will result in an “F”.
Why should my organization disclose?
In most cases, organizations decide to disclose to CDP because they were requested to do so, whether by CDP themselves, a customer, or an investor. However, genuinely and generally, disclosing to CDP serves is a useful tool and guide to understanding what types of programs, processes, and systems should be established for an effective ESG program – from establishing governance structures to identifying risks and opportunities and setting appropriate baselines and reduction targets.
Who is the CDP and what is their role?
CDP is a non-profit that runs a global disclosure system to manage environmental impacts from investors, cities, companies, states and regions. CDP aims to support a sustainable future for people and planet in the long term by preventing climate and environmental degradation. In addition to managing the CDP reporting platform and grading reports, they also develop and disclose reporting guidance.
What information will my organization have to share?
Companies are under no obligation to share information with CDP since it is a voluntary program; however, more complete responses will result in more favorable CDP scores. Examples of key information requested include details on governance structures, risks and opportunities, and inventorying (including reduction efforts and targets). The type of information requested also depends on which questionnaire(s) an organization chooses to respond to.
Do I need to have a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory completed?
A completed GHG inventory is not required, but strongly encouraged. CDP scores rely heavily on a company’s GHG emissions profile and associated questions.
Are there sector-specific CDP questions?
Yes, for certain industries. The CDP – Activity Classification System (CDP-ACS) will guide you to determining which CDP Industry your business falls under, and which questions will be allocated to your company’s disclosure responses. If your industry falls under the “General”, there will be no sector-specific questions.
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