Jump in companies requesting supplier transparency

CDP has revealed a 24 per cent jump in the number of companies working with CDP and asking their suppliers to report environmental data.

Companies including Nike, Airbus, Sainsbury’s and Ørsted, as well as those from the public sector, including the New York Metropolitan Transport Authority, are among the 30 large purchasing organisations from around the world that have started working with CDP for the first time this year to help manage their supply chains more sustainably.

These companies are joining the likes of Walmart, Microsoft, Stanley Black & Decker and Japan’s Environment Ministry, bringing the total number of CDP supply chain members to over 150 organizations with a combined procurement spend of over $4tr, and in total the request for transparency has gone out to over 15,000 suppliers this year.

Jaycee Pribulsky, VP, sustainable manufacturing and sourcing at Nike commented: “Engagement with our extended supply chain and manufacturing partners has been key to Nike’s climate strategy for over a decade. We are pleased to join CDP as a supply chain member this year to further support our suppliers in reducing emissions and strengthening their climate resiliency.”

When joining, companies are asked to specify whether they want their suppliers to respond to CDP’s questionnaires on climate change, deforestation or water security, or a combination. Most have focused on climate change, but this year has seen an uptick in purchasers asking for forests data, with six new companies making the request in 2020, including UK supermarket Sainsbury’s, toymaker Lego Group and Chinese poultry giant Sunner Group. This reflects a growing, but still often overlooked, understanding that halting deforestation and land degradation is essential to tackling climate change and biodiversity loss.

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