CDP wants to see a thriving economy that works for people and planet in the long term. To do this, CDP focuses investors, companies, and cities on taking urgent action to build a truly sustainable economy by measuring and understanding their environmental impact. To achieve this, CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, runs the global disclosure system that enables companies, cities, states, and regions to measure and manage their environmental impacts. CDP has built the most comprehensive collection of self-reported environmental data in the world.
CDP’s network of investors and purchasers, representing over $100 trillion, along with policy makers around the globe, use CDP’s data and insights to make better-informed decisions. Through offices and partners in 50 countries, CDP has driven unprecedented levels of environmental disclosure.
Through the CDP’s water program, CDP targets the largest listed companies in the world, as determined by market capitalization, in sectors for which water is a material issue. CDP currently covers the Global 500, S&P 500 and FTSE 100 indices as well as the largest companies in Australia, Japan and South Africa. The CDP Water Database is a complete open data set for companies that responded to the 2014 water questionnaire.
Water is also incorporated into CDP’s supply chain program. In this initiative, large multinational companies issue CDP’s water questionnaire to a number of their suppliers. This exercise allows companies to investigate the water risk in their supply chain and gather vital information about water use outside their direct operations.
Each year, CDP invites approximately 2,300 companies to respond to CDP’s water questionnaire through its water program. The CDP Water Database excludes private responders.