June 4, 2014
Climate Protection as a Competitive Advantage: ClimatePartner Re-Appointed as CDP Partner
ClimatePartner is supporting CDP SME Initiative – Sustainable supply chain is a key topic: Carbon management pays off – CDP is the most important climate initiative, featuring more than 4,500 participants worldwide, including some 300 DACH businesses and 29 of the DAX-30 companies
Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Zurich – ClimatePartner has been re-appointed as an official consulting partner for the SME Initiative put forth by the CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project). Some 300 market-listed companies from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (the “DACH” countries) are participating in the CDP, including 29 of the 30 DAX companies – there are also 13 non-listed companies involved in the SME Initiative specifically. CDP and ClimatePartner are looking to leverage their partnership to enhance carbon management for family-run businesses.
Like in 2013, ClimatePartner is supporting the participants of the CDP’s SME Initiative this year again in matters of entrepreneurial climate protection and carbon management. “The main topic among many SMEs consists of sustainable supply chains. As suppliers, they are being subjected to carbon obligations by their buyers with increasing frequency,” explains CEO Tristan A. Foerster who is responsible for CDP matters at ClimatePartner.
“Within the context of the CDP, there are already over 60 international companies and market leaders – including BMW, L’Oréal, Deutsche Telekom, Nestlé, and Unilever – that are screening their supply chains according to climate protection and water criteria, thereby entering into dialogue with suppliers to create more awareness and, ultimately, cost advantages,” explains Susan Dreyer, Director at CDP for the DACH Region.
Success among global players is increasing pressure on SMEs
More than 80 percent of Global500 Index companies, which are the 500 largest market-listed companies in the world, are participating in the CDP. “The successes seen among global players serve as examples and are rubbing off – yet simultaneously increase the pressure being placed on non-listed companies to get active in climate protection, too,” Susan Dreyer emphasizes.
Systematic carbon management pays off not only for large corporations, but for SMEs as well. “There are important advantages when it comes to climate protection. As suppliers, SMEs that disclose carbon footprint information become preferred partners among their buyers, thereby securing listing,” says Tristan A. Foerster. As an official consulting partner, ClimatePartner supports SME businesses with transparent carbon reporting and assists in responding to queries from buyers.
Climate protection among SMEs: Preparing businesses for the future
The CDP SME Initiative makes it possible for non-listed and family-run companies to report and analyze their greenhouse gas emissions in line with leading international standards. “Participants profit from ClimatePartner’s experience and know-how, garnered from more than 1,000 client projects in a wide array of industries,” says Jens Hoffmann, SME Project Manager at CDP. In the DACH region, ClimatePartner has offices in Berlin, Munich, Vienna, and Zurich.
Leveraging this experience, ClimatePartner helps participants to become active in climate protection and makes it part of their own value creation process. “In order to arm one’s own company for the future, SMEs need to be agile in becoming active in climate protection,” says Foerster. “With climate reporting, participants establish an important foundation for identifying new business opportunities through climate protection, for reacting to changes in customer wishes, and for offering new green and climate neutral products.”
With more than 4,500 companies and 760 investors representing an investment volume exceeding 92 billion US dollars, the international non-governmental organization CDP represents the most important reporting initiative when it comes to climate protection. In Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, approximately 300 market-listed companies participate in CDP reporting every year – including 29 of the DAX30 companies. The CDP SME Initiative has already acquired 13 participants ranging from large international corporations (Bosch, Evonik, HSE AG, Munich Airport) to other non-listed and medium-sized enterprises (such as hanseWasser).
CDP is an international, not-for-profit organization providing the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information. CDP works with market forces, including 767 institutional investors with assets of US$92 trillion, to motivate companies to disclose their impacts on the environment and natural resources and take action to reduce them. CDP now holds the largest collection globally of primary climate change, water and forest risk commodities information and puts these insights at the heart of strategic business, investment and policy decisions. Please follow us @CDP to find out more.
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