Air France, BMW, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft are among 79 companies leading in climate change performance, according to a new evaluation and benchmarking tool created for CDP supply chain members and suppliers.
The Supplier Climate Performance Leadership Index, which was compiled by environmental consulting and software firm FirstCarbon Solutions on behalf of CDP, debuted today. The index is based on supply chain program data from 2,868 suppliers that are disclosing climate change data at the request of CDP’s 64 supply chain members.
The index was released in conjunction with CDP’s Supply Chain Report for 2013-14, which found suppliers realized savings of $11.5 billion from emissions reduction investments in 2013, down from $13.7 billion in 2012. The report also found that companies are increasingly focused on investments with shorter payback periods, which tend to deliver only incremental benefits.
The 79 companies that made it onto the index represent the top 3 percent of suppliers that have demonstrated strong and transparent climate strategies and emissions reductions programs, says FirstCarbon Solutions.
Fiat, Royal Philips, Volkswagen, Unilever, Barclays, Bank of America, BNP Paribas and Lenovo Group are also in the index.
Theses leading suppliers typically have board-level oversight on climate planning along with monetary incentives for emissions reductions, according to CDP and FirstCarbon Solutions.
These top suppliers also provide detail on how climate change is integrated into risk management and corporate strategy planning, have scope 1 and scope 2 reduction targets and evidence that emissions reduction activities have delivered significant results. These companies are also able to provide independent third-party assurance of scope 1, scope 2 and scope 3 emissions.
In 2012, CDP expanded its partnership with FirstCarbon Solutions, under which the consulting firm processes the greenhouse gas emissions and carbon management data of global corporations responding to the CDP Supply Chain program.