Friday, 2 May 2008

CDP Supply Chain Research

The CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) which collects climate change data from major corporations, has announced the results of its first Supply Chain Leadership Collaboration.

This is an attempt to extend the CDP's research down the supply chain. The companies that took part were Cadbury Schweppes, Dell, HP, Imperial Tobacco, L’Oréal, Nestlé, PepsiCo UK & Ireland, Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, Tesco and Unilever.

It's not clear how many suppliers were contacted, but 144 responded. Given the size of the corporations that took part, these suppliers will themselves be mainly large companies. In fact the CDP also indicated that two thirds of these suppliers had already reported to the CDP's annual information gathering exercise. The CDP is doing a great job, but this sounds like it had limited success if there were less than 50 new responses.

The CDP says that 58% of responding suppliers report their greenhouse gas emissions. That does sound good. I've been doing some analysis of the annual CDP survey responses by IT services companies, based on the CDP5 survey (completed in 2007 - CDP6 is underway now). There is some interesting information, but I found the quantitative data on greenhouse gas emissions disappointing.

I'm looking at the top 30 SITS (Software and IT Services) players worldwide. Of the companies I have looked at so far almost 90% are categorised as having answered the CDP questionnaire. However, of those that answered only around 40% provided (and allowed to be published) comparable quantitative data, which makes comparisons between companies very limited.

I'm sure it will get better. For example at least two IT services companies that I've spoken to recently that did not respond at all to CDP5 have said they will respond to CDP6. There's really no excuse for not responding in full and providing the data requested. Not doing so could start to be damaging.

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