NGO Activist Award

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CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) for making greenhouse gas (GHG) and climate change disclosure an increasingly standard element of reporting by publicly held companies worldwide. From 2013 to 2014 alone, the number of companies disclosing their climate change data through CDP grew from 4,500 to more than 5,000. Seventy percent of the S&P 500 reported through CDP in 2014. CDP does more than just collect and report data; it scores company’s efforts and pressures reporting companies to do more to mitigate their GHGs. In CDP’s fourth annual Carbon Action report (published in December 2014) on 224 companies in heavy emitting industries, CDP applauded the growth in the number of these companies that had established GHG-reduction targets (79%), but said too many companies were taking a “business as usual” approach—and that more than 90% of reporting companies had only cut emissions 1% from 2012 through 2013. CDP’s core constituency is institutional investors—767 of them, representing assets worth more than $92 trillion. The investors look to CDP for objective analysis and insight into companies’ greenhouse gas emissions, water usage and strategies for managing climate change, water and deforestation risks.