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Companies and investors make climate change a business issue

Ottawa, ON -- Four in five Canadian companies (84%) responding to the 2008 Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) question...


Ottawa, ON — Four in five Canadian companies (84%) responding to the 2008 Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) questionnaire said they are integrating climate change into their risk management strategies. These findings show how rapidly climate change is becoming a major strategic and operational issue for companies and institutional investors.

 

“Companies feel the effects of climate change in many ways. Business operations may be directly impacted, and supply chains and product delivery may be vulnerable. Climate change can also present a range of regulatory, reputational, competitive, and litigation risks for companies,” said Len Coad, director, environment, energy and technology at The Conference Board of Canada, which is the Canadian partner for administering the CDP survey.

 

“When assessing companies for their portfolios, investors are shifting their focus to public company disclosure of climate change related risks, opportunities, and strategies.”

 

The CDP represents an efficient process whereby a large number of institutional investors, with a combined asset base of US$57 trillion, collectively sign a single global request for disclosure of information on climate risk.

 

The Carbon Disclosure Project represents the largest registry of qualitative and quantitative climate change information from corporations in the world. In 2008, the CDP sent a voluntary request to 3,000 of the largest publicly traded companies in the world by market capitalization (including the 200 largest companies traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange) on behalf of 385 global investors (including 40 Canadian investors). More than half — 55% — of the 200 Canadian companies surveyed responded, compared with 45% the previous year.

 

The Executive Action briefing, Carbon Disclosure Project-Canada 200: Summary for Investors, is publicly available at www.e-library.ca. This briefing was supported by the British High Commission.