More Companies Seek Sustainability Data

An uptick of 24% more companies are asking their suppliers to report environmental data in 2020 through nonprofit CDP Global, with a 34% surge of growth in North America.

Suppliers report data on their impacts, risks, opportunities, and strategies related to climate change, deforestation, and/or water security through CDP’s platform. Companies then use the data to inform procurement decisions and supplier engagement strategies, CDP says.

These new companies join Walmart, Microsoft, and other leaders, bringing the total number of CDP supply chain members to more than 150 (see chart) with a combined procurement spend of approximately $4 trillion. About 15,000 suppliers were asked to report environmental data in 2020.

While most companies have focused their data requests on climate change, six new companies, including U.K. supermarket Sainsbury’s, toymaker Lego Group, and Chinese poultry giant Sunner Group, asked for forest data in 2020, bringing the total to 19.

“With emissions in the supply chain being on average 5.5 times higher than a company’s direct emissions, the buyer-supplier dynamic will make or break whether our economy can reach net zero by 2050, as the science demands,” says Dexter Galvin, global director of corporations and supply chains at CDP.

Organizations that Joined CDP in 2020

  • 17 in North America, including Nike, Prudential, Clorox, Nordstrom, and the NY Metropolitan Transport Authority
  • 10 in the EU, including Airbus, Ørsted, and Bayer
  • 6 in the U.K., including Sainsbury’s, HSBC, CBRE, and GSMA
  • 3 in Latin America, including Vale and Empresas CMPC
  • 1 in Australia: Telstra Corporation
  • 1 in China: Fujian Sunner Group
  • 1 in Japan: Yokohama Rubber Company

Source: CDP

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