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CDP Reporting: Measure and Manage Environmental Impact

Determining your sustainability strategy, improving your environmental footprint, and disclosing risk are critical in today’s business world. Business as usual is no longer a viable option as we tackle the challenges of climate change. The CDP reporting framework is a practical, comprehensive tool for measuring and improving environmental performance. This course enhances your reporting capability, highlights alignment with other frameworks such as the Global Reporting Index (GRI) and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), and familiarizes participants with the background, methodology, and questionnaire. The course also covers:
  • The fundamentals and requirements of the four CDP reporting questionnaires, with primary focus on climate and supply chain.
  • Strategies to improve disclosure and performance scores when addressing specific questions.
  • The implications of defining organizational boundaries using equity share, financial control, or operational control.
  • Guided principles for companies and suppliers considering or planning to report for the first time.

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Start and finish on your schedule: Courses take 15-17 hours, including video content and exercises.

Module 1: CDP Reporting: Measure and Manage Environmental Impact

  • Describe the context for CDP reporting, including global environmental trends, regulatory drivers, and governmental efforts
  • Activity: Read about CDP Reporting Guidance

Module 2: About CDP

  • Learn about the history of CDP—including growth in reporting, scoring, and an introduction the CDP questionnaires
  • Activity: Reflect on CDP reporting at your company

Module 3: Terminology and Scoring Guidance

  • Define key terminology to understand the report and review the basics of responding to a CDP questionnaire request.
  • Activity: Read examples of CDP questionnaire responses and identify areas for growth and opportunity

Module 4: CDP Questionnaires for Companies

  • Identify the basis, content, and impacts of the four CDP programs: Climate Change, Water Security, Forests, and Supply Chain
  • Activity: Read the CDP questionnaires and updated guidance

Module 5: Verification

  • Learn about data verification for CDP, why data quality matters, and how to ensure your data verification meets CDP standards
  • Activity: Review data verification with a specific focus on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

Module 6: Sectors

  • Learn about CDP’s strategic move toward a more sector-focused approach for questionnaires and review tips for responding to help your company achieve higher scores and save time when responding to the questionnaire/s

Module 7: Completing the Information Request—Strategy Section

  • Deep dive into the specific strategy questions in the information request, including company responses and guidance for completing
  • Activity: Check for comprehension on the Strategy section of the CDP questionnaire and read about scenario analysis

Module 8: Completing the Information Request—Climate Change Metrics

  • Analyze the specific climate change metrics questions in the information request, including company responses and guidance for completing
  • Activity: Check for comprehension on the climate change metrics section of the CDP questionnaire and read about science-based targets and emissions scopes

Module 9: Completing the Information Request—Stakeholders

  • Identify stakeholder engagement-specific questions in the information request, including company examples and guidance for completing
  • Activity: Check for comprehension on the Stakeholder section of the CDP questionnaire and read about biodiversity and carbon pricing

Module 10 (optional): Completing the Information Request—Supply Chain

  • In this optional final module, learn about the supplemental supply chain questions of the information request



This course is intended for corporate citizenship, CSR, and sustainability professionals responsible for quantifying, measuring, or reporting on CO2 emissions proactively or in response to an investor or customer request. This course is also helpful for reporters including suppliers considering reporting for the first time.

Suggested prior knowledge and skills:

Familiarity with your company’s greenhouse gas emissions and/or water and waste usage.




Member: $1,350.00
Non-Member: $1,500.00

Please note that rates for this course are slighter lower than those of a typical course, because it contains fewer modules. Course discounts may be available when you enroll in multiple courses at once, either idependently or as part of a Summit (in-person learning experience) registration. See the chart below. If you are considering take multiple courses, connect with our team to better understand your options.


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