Recent posts on disclosure

For this installment of Answered, we asked Chris Fowle, VP Investor Initiatives CDP North America, about the role of carbon disclosure in investor research and decision-making in the era of the historic COP21 climate agreement.

Fowle’s answers illustrate a growing interest among investors in understanding and valuing portfolio exposure to emissions-related risk. He indicates more companies are also stepping up to set science-based emission reduction targets.

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Framework: Who are the investors represented by the CDP and who use its data? What should companies understand about them?

Chris Fowle: More than 800 investors, representing over $100 trillion in combined assets are signatories to CDP’s annual information request on climate change. This is the largest collaboration of investors in history on any single issue, and provides the authority behind CDP’s questionnaires. This authority has enabled CDP to build… More >

CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, is a non-profit that collects voluntarily disclosed data related to a corporation’s environmental impacts. CDP’s four programs – climate change, water, forests, and supply chain – allow companies to disclose emissions, resource use, and strategy within a defined global framework to address requests from shareholders, stakeholders, and customers. The organization represents more than 800 institutional investors managing $100 trillion in assets.

In our latest infographic (also available as a .pdf), find out who asks for and uses this environmental data, and what a company should consider when completing a CDP questionnaire.

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If you’re interested in finding out more about the CDP reporting process, contact KT, Framework’s Director of Analytics.

In this article, KT Michaelson, Director of Analytics, discusses how companies can lead on climate disclosure in 10-Ks with information already reported in a CDP response, and additional overlap with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) reports. This article first appeared in Compliance Week.

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Climate change is reaching a new altitude in the public’s consciousness. Extreme weather such as last year’s Hurricane Patricia, the strongest hurricane ever measured in the Western Hemisphere, the ongoing California drought, or the recent Winter Storm Jonas, while not individually attributable to climatic shifts, has demonstrated the potential consequences of a changing climate. To put numbers to such effects, a project co-chaired by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg found that, within the next 25 years, temperature changes will increase energy costs up to $12 billion per year, hurricanes and storms will… More >