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The Financial Times describes CDP as “one of the most successful investor engagement programs of recent years”. CDP – a global not for profit organization dedicated to driving sustainable economies – is used by over 767 investors, representing more than a third of the world’s invested capital to request disclosures from thousands of companies annually. This process has resulted in the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of primary corporate climate change, water and forest-risk information. The data collected raises awareness of the environmental risks within investors’ portfolios and better equips them to engage with companies on these risks to protect shareholder value. There is no charge to become a signatory to CDP.

CDP data is used by investors in many ways, including to identify leaders among potential investments, identify the laggards for engagement dialogue and possible future divestment, construct internal ratings for portfolio managers and integrate environmental risk into portfolio and fund analysis. Since 2011 CDP has been strengthening the request for corporate action on carbon management through a shareholder engagement initiative called Carbon Action. In 2013, CDP targeted 300 heavy-emitting companies on behalf of a group of 190 investors. The group requested that these companies invest in emissions-reduction projects that deliver a positive return on investment. Companies responded by allocating more capital to more projects, generating rates of return of 33% and a net present value of US$15.1 billion.

The Global ESG Regulatory AcademyTM

The Global ESG Regulatory Academy™ is the leading provider of independent executive education and training for corporate management, boards, analysts, and asset owners and managers, on ESG regulatory reporting, ESG voluntary reporting, and ESG capital market issues. Enactment of new mandatory ESG disclosure requirements (and associated noncompliance liabilities) by securities, accounting, stock exchange, and environmental regulators worldwide, as well as rising investor demand for better corporate ESG reporting, are now powerful market drivers, creating the clear strategic imperative for companies to upgrade their knowledge, systems, processes, metrics, capacities, and culture so as to understand, properly manage, and properly report on their material ESG risks. Our unique education and training is easily accessible through multiple channels, including via online Webinars (live and on-demand), master classes, workshops, customized on-site education and training, and “white-label” content platforms. The parent company, CSR Insight™ LLC, founded in 2007 by Linda Lowson, J.D., LL.M., an internationally acclaimed expert in global ESG regulation and reporting, is the leading provider of customized ESG regulatory and reporting advisory and bespoke research services. We completed a 5-year, US$5.5 million Research Program to develop the comprehensive Knowledge Base intelligence for this essential professional education and advisory.

Management CV

Management CV provides fiduciary investors with due diligence reports and data on the CEOs and other senior managers in public companies. The firm provides a relative-to-peers Management Quality & Skill Ranking for all CEOs and senior team members in the Russell 3,000 and Stoxx 600 constituents that is statistically significant in forecasting excess ROA, ROIC, and Total Return performance through time. Management CV ranks and reports are available on the Bloomberg and Factset platforms.

Center for Responsible Business

Building upon a decade of real-world research, teaching and industry engagement, the Center for Responsible Business (CRB) is an “action-tank” that brings together students, company leaders and faculty to redefine business and create a sustainable future.

CSR360 Global Partner Network

CSR360 Global Partner Network is a global network of not-for-profit organizations working with businesses to improve their positive impact on society. The network offers an infrastructure of local expertise and support through which companies and partners can implement successful campaigns and programs. The main focus is to promote Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Community Investment and the wider framework of Corporate Social Responsibility. The network complements global organizations such as the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and initiatives such as the UN Global Compact (UNGC) and the UN Millennium Development Goals which address global issues but need a network of intermediaries to make an impact at local level.

Earth Institute

The Earth Institute brings together the people and tools needed to address some of the world's most difficult problems, from climate change and environmental degradation, to poverty, disease and the sustainable use of resources. By blending scientific research, education and practical solutions, The Earth Institute, Columbia University, is working to help guide the world onto a path toward sustainability. The Institute, under the direction of Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, comprises more than 30 research centers and some 850 scientists, postdoctoral fellows, staff and students. Working across many disciplines, we study and create solutions for problems in public health, poverty, energy, ecosystems, climate, natural hazards and urbanization.

Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability

The Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability (EICES), formerly known as the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC), has been actively involved in protecting biodiversity and ecosystems. The Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability is dedicated to the development of a rich, robust and vibrant world within which we can secure a sustainable future. Through a diverse array of strategic partners in science, education and outreach, the center builds unique programs that promote human well-being through the preservation, restoration and management of biodiversity and the services our ecosystems provide.

Emerging Markets ESG

Emerging Markets ESG is a consultancy dedicated to the analysis, benchmarking, development and promotion of reporting on environmental, social and governance (ESG) indicators in emerging markets. The Emerging Markets ESG website serves as an archive for innovative research, a depository for information about projects undertaken, a calendar of upcoming events and a network to brainstorm about ideas as well as exchange information. The mission of Emerging Markets ESG is to promote ESG reporting in emerging markets as an effective tool for boosting competitiveness and promoting sustainable growth.

Emerging Markets ESG

Emerging Markets ESG is a consultancy dedicated to the analysis, benchmarking, development and promotion of reporting on environmental, social and governance (ESG) indicators in emerging markets. The Emerging Markets ESG website serves as an archive for innovative research, a depository for information about projects undertaken, a calendar of upcoming events and a network to brainstorm about ideas as well as exchange information. The mission of Emerging Markets ESG is to promote ESG reporting in emerging markets as an effective tool for boosting competitiveness and promoting sustainable growth.

Environmental Finance

Even after more than 12 years, Environmental Finance is still the only independent global magazine offering comprehensive coverage of the financial impact of environmental issues on the business community. Leading industry specialists and an award-winning team of experienced journalists provide timely and incisive news and analysis on a broad range of environmental issues including renewable energy finance, emissions markets, "green" investments and weather risk management.

US Environmental Protection Agency

The mission of EPA is to protect human health and the environment. EPA's purpose is to ensure that: all Americans are protected from significant risks to human health and the environment where they live, learn and work; national efforts to reduce environmental risk are based on the best available scientific information; federal laws protecting human health and the environment are enforced fairly and effectively; environmental protection is an integral consideration in U.S. policies concerning natural resources, human health, economic growth, energy, transportation, agriculture, industry, and international trade, and these factors are similarly considered in establishing environmental policy; all parts of society -- communities, individuals, businesses, and state, local and tribal governments -- have access to accurate information sufficient to effectively participate in managing human health and environmental risks; environmental protection contributes to making our communities and ecosystems diverse, sustainable and economically productive; and the United States plays a leadership role in working with other nations to protect the global environment.

Sustainable Development Network

Much of the World Bank’s work in sustainable development is piloted via an internal grouping of departments, the Sustainable Development Network. It focuses on supporting our clients, directly or via the Bank’s Regional units, on the complex agenda of sustainable development. Our work covers a wide range of economic sectors: agriculture, environmental services, climate policy and finance, urban development, disaster risk management, transport, water, infrastructure, information and communication technologies, social development, sustainable energy, and oil, gas and mining. We aim to make sustainability our comparative advantage, enhancing the quality of growth to help developing countries move to, and remain on, a development path that reduces poverty and meets the needs of people today without reducing the ability of future generations to meet their own goals. This means incorporating the concept of sustainability into all of the work carried out under the auspices of the Network. This agenda embraces the “triple bottom line” of sustainability – economic, environmental and social – as well as anticipates and addresses major trends such as climate change, natural resource depletion, food scarcity, and urban expansion.

World Resources Institute

WRI focuses on the intersection of the environment and socio-economic development. We go beyond research to put ideas into action, working globally with governments, business, and civil society to build transformative solutions that protect the earth and improve people’s lives. WRI’s transformative ideas protect the earth, promote development, and advance social equity because sustainability is essential to meeting human needs today, and fulfilling human aspirations tomorrow. WRI spurs progress by providing practical strategies for change and effective tools to implement them. We measure our success in the form of new policies, products, and practices that shift the ways governments work, businesses operate, and people act.

Principles for Responsible Investment

The United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Initiative is an international network of investors working together to put the six Principles for Responsible Investment into practice. Its goal is to understand the implications of sustainability for investors and support signatories to incorporate these issues into their investment decision making and ownership practices. In implementing the Principles, signatories contribute to the development of a more sustainable global financial system.

IRRC Institute

The IRRC Institute is a not-for-profit organization established in 2006 and headquartered in New York City. We serve as a funder of environmental, social and corporate governance research, as well as the capital market context that impacts how investors and companies make decisions. The mission of the IRRC Institute is to provide thought leadership at the intersection of corporate responsibility and the informational needs of investors.


CSRwire is a digital media platform and the leading global source of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability news. Founded in 1999 to advance the movement towards a more economically just and environmentally sustainable society and away from single bottom line capitalism, CSRwire has paved the way for new standards of corporate citizenship, earning the international respect of thought leaders, business leaders, academics, philanthropists, activists and the media community. Through innovative techniques and strategic partnerships, CSRwire continues to expand its content, communication technology and distribution channels exponentially.


CSRHub provides access to corporate social responsibility and sustainability ratings and information on 7,000+ companies from 135 industries in 91 countries. By aggregating and normalizing the information from 200 data sources, CSRHub has created a broad, consistent rating system and a searchable database that links millions of rating elements back to their source. Managers, researchers and activists use CSRHub to benchmark company performance, learn how stakeholders evaluate company CSR practices and seek ways to change the world.

The Globalist

The Globalist covers the biggest story of our lifetime — globalization. Our business has non-profit and for-profit components: As a public service, we publish a free website on the global economy, politics and culture. And we offer content licensing and syndication services to newspapers and magazines, colleges and universities, high schools, global companies and international organizations, as well as foundations and non-profit organizations around the world.


The Governance & Accountability Institute is the "Sustainability Headquarters™" providing advisory and strategic information resources to clients in the corporate, investment, public and social sectors. The G&A portfolio of resources and services includes global issue monitoring and research; third party identification, prioritizing, monitoring, backgrounding, and engagement; customized ESG, CR and Sustainability-focused research; comprehensive issues management services; advice on corporate responsibility strategies and programs; and assistance in corporate responsibility and sustainability communication disclosure and reporting.