Paul Simpson, a former financial analyst, founded the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) seventeen years ago at age 25. The nonprofit “has helped transform corporate and investor attitudes to climate change” and “is trying to persuade businesses to commit to going 100% renewable.”
By Oliver Balch, Ethical Corporation Magazine
Under Simpson’s leadership, CDP teamed up with the Climate Group to found RE100, a business-focused campaign designed to realize precisely such a zero-carbon energy future. So far, 114 corporations have made such a pledge, including Apple, Google, Starbucks, IKEA and, the initiative’s latest recruit, HSBC. Read more here.
Photo: Paul Simpson was featured on numerous panels at this month’s UN Climate talks in Bonn. Credit: The Climate Group
- Recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (June 2017), 74-page PDF. More than 100 chief executives, from Bank of America and Barclays to HSBC and Axa Group, endorsed the taskforce’s conclusions. That’s a group managing assets worth more than $24trn saying, in effect: “Yes, climate change is (a) real, and (b) potentially very costly”.
- CDP Strategic Plan 2017-2020 – The Tipping Point: Mainstreaming Environmental Action,
27-page PDF. “In 10 years every business strategy, every city plan, every government will have a well-below-two-degrees transition plan baked into their long-term planning.”
“We focus investors, companies and cities on taking urgent action to build a truly sustainable economy by measuring and understanding their environmental impact.”