The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is an independent and non-commercial organisation. The organisation has the largest database on companies’ greenhouse gas emissions and their climate change strategies. The aim of the project is to provide information for investors, companies and governments. The organisation asks companies, cities and countries for data on their respective environmental impact. This data includes, for example, greenhouse gas emissions and the use of resources such as water. Submission of the data is voluntary. In addition to a critical review, suggestions are made on how the company or city can act even more sustainably.
On the one hand, the aim of the project is transparency regarding the environmental impact. On the other hand, investors should also make investment decisions based on the emission data. Furthermore, companies should be motivated to reduce their influence on the climate and to set a good example to other companies in the same sector.