CDP provides the leading scoring system for businesses taking action on the environment, with the leaders being celebrated on the annual A List.

Each year, CDP scores thousands of companies which disclose to us on their environmental action across three themes: climate change, forests and water security. CDP analyzes a diverse range of metrics against our robust methodology to produce a letter score of A to D- for each company across each theme (with non-disclosers getting an F). This harnesses the competitive spirit of business to raise ambition and spur action on corporate sustainability.    

The best performing companies get placed on our prestigious annual A List, to celebrate their work on climate change, deforestation and water security. They are leading the way, acting as examples of best practice to others, and helping drive the transition to a sustainable economy.

How does CDP’s scoring methodology work?

The scoring of CDPs questionnaires is conducted by accredited scoring partners trained by CDP. CDP’s internal scoring team develop the methodology, coordinate and collate all scores, and run data quality checks and quality assurance processes.

The scoring methodology assesses the level of detail and comprehensiveness in a response, as well as the company's awareness of environmental issues, its management methods, and progress towards environmental stewardship. Responding companies are assessed across four consecutive levels which represent the steps a company moves through as it progresses towards environmental stewardship: disclosure, awareness, management and finally, leadership. Companies must reach a certain threshold on each level before moving to the next.

Who are some of the leading A Listers?

The 140+ companies on CDP’s latest A List, including AppleMitsubishi Electric and Unilever, are blazing a trail on environmental action and transparency. 

Firmenich, the world’s largest privately-owned fragrance & flavor company, and French cosmetics giant L'Oréal, both scored A’s across the board for their actions on climate change, deforestation and water security. 

120+ companies made the A grade for their action on climate change, including China Mobile, Danone, Infosys Limited, Klabin and Microsoft.

Gap, Ford and KOA Corporation are among the 25+ companies on the A List for their water security action.

Seven companies are on the Forests A List this year, including TETRA PAK, UPM-Kymmene Corporation and FUJI OIL HOLDINGS.

Click here for the list.

About the Author