CDP focuses investors, companies and cities on taking urgent action to build a truly sustainable economy, by measuring and understanding their environmental impact through our global disclosure system.

We’ve built the most comprehensive collection of self-reported environmental data in the world. Our network of investors and purchasers, representing over $100 trillion, along with policymakers around the globe, use our data and insights to make better-informed decisions. Through our offices and partners in 50 countries we have driven unprecedented levels of environmental disclosure.

CDP and the Sustainable Development Goals

CDP is committed to advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through our questionnaire, policy work streams and interested stakeholders. As an environmentally orientated organisation, we are focusing our work on: water (Goal 6), energy (7), cities and settlements (11), sustainable production and consumption (12), climate change (13), and forests and land use (15)

By collecting environmental data from over 5800 companies, 533 cities and 100 states and regions in 2016, CDP is already helping non-government actors understand their environmental impacts and opportunities. The essence of the goals is present through all of CDPs projects, the following is a synopsis of our key mechanisms for progressing the goals:

Companies – CDP can aide business to contribute to the SDGs. We provide resources, support and expertise for them to set ambitious targets through our ‘Commit to Action’ campaign and partner organisations ‘Science Based Targets’ and ‘We Mean Business’. Businesses can track their progress to the targets through CDP and report the results to their stakeholders, while CDP will showcase success through their annual ‘A-list’.

Investors –CDPs data platform reduces the information gaps between company ownership and control, providing the possibility of aggregating indicator data from many companies to track contributions made to the SDGs at scale. Investors are searching for high-quality information on metrics related to the goals, and CDP works to provide this.

Cities, states and regions – Subnational governments are well positioned to drive change towards the SDGs, going far beyond SDG 11, given their vital importance in global economies and ecosystems. By managing their impacts and setting targets through CDP, this has a win-win effect on their populations. CDP encourages collaboration between subnational governments and the private sector through its vast networks, facilitating climate finance through its match-making service and sending a powerful message to national governments. CDP also shares these targets on the UNFCCC NAZCA online portal, encouraging further transparency, accountability and knowledge sharing.

Building on all of this work, CDP supports national governments to implement the SDGs, encouraging further partnership with the private sector, and emphasising the vast new market potential from climate action with the SDGs.

To find out more please contact Shirin Reuvers

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