Reminder – 2012 CDP Reporting Deadlines are Approaching Reply

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) reporting deadlines for 2012 are rapidly approaching.  As a reminder, below are the upcoming deadlines. The CDP rankings are widely used to evaluate the performance and transparency of publically traded companies (even Google Finance prominently lists CDP rankings as part of company key stats and ratios).   Guidance on CDP reporting and information on the scoring methodology is available on the CDP website.

The timeline for Carbon Reporting for Investor CDP:

  • Feb 1:  CDP sends out its annual information request to companies worldwide
  • May 31:  Deadline for corporations to submit their responses
  • Sept –  Publically disclosed information is published on the CDP website

 The timeline for Carbon Reporting for Supply Chain CDP:

  • April 1:  CDP sends out its annual information request to companies worldwide
  • July 31:  Deadline for suppliers to submit their responses
  • Jan – Publically disclosed information is published on the CDP website

The timeline for CDP Water Reporting:

  • Feb 1 – CDP Water Disclosure Information Request to targeted companies
  • June 30 – Deadline for companies to respond to the questionnaire
  • Oct-Nov – Public response data is published on CDP website

Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. has assisted our clients with sustainability strategic plans, benchmarking, gap analysis, carbon and water footprinting, program implementation, data management, and reporting to help improve rankings as well as address other important sustainability performance objectives.   We are proud of the fact that our clients consistently appear at the top of both environmental and business performance lists, which is consistent with our mission of “helping industry and the environment prosper.”

For additional information or assistance in completing or reviewing reports, please contact us at information@capaccio.com.

Sustainable management systems Reply

Many of our clients are challenged with identifying and implementing an appropriate system for managing corporate sustainability programs.  Ideally, clients would like to put their efforts toward a system that would be globally recognized by stakeholders (customers, investors, NGOs, etc.).   Some industry organizations and NGOs have established or are in the process of establishing certifications, but these are generally not universally recognized by stakeholders at this time.  Currently, ISO does not have an international standard to which organizations can register that specifically addresses corporate sustainability.   However, ISO has issued social responsibility/sustainability guidelines.

Many clients have already registered to ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 9000, or equivalent internationally-recognized management system standards.  These client organizations are very familiar with the structure of ISO management systems, and have integrated these concepts within their organizations.  As such, expanding existing systems to address corporate sustainability is a natural evolution that allows organizations to incorporate currently existing guidelines to broaden the usefulness of existing management systems.  

We recently assisted a major packaging supplier to the food industry with the development and implementation of a sustainability management system based on the ISO structure and guidelines.  This system allowed our client to successfully integrate various existing independent activities to:

  1. More fully understand and prioritize sustainability aspects and risks
  2. Ensure sustainability programs properly identified, developed, implemented, and maintained
  3. Provide consistent management review and external reporting feedback mechanism
  4. Align metrics and program results with customer and stakeholder expectations
  5. Continually improve sustainability results in a meaningful and measurable way

As a result of this system, our client has made significant progress on its programs as well as the communication of its results to key stakeholders.  Our client’s key customers have been thrilled with the results of this systematic approach to sustainability.   

Our sustainability team at Capaccio is very pleased to be able to contribute to helping our clients and the environment prosper.  Let us know if you are facing similar challenges, and are looking for ideas or have ideas to share on how to address these challenges.

EMS + Sustainability = Synergy 1

The great Mark Twain once said, “Synergy – the bonus that is achieved when things work together harmoniously.”  Why do some companies track sustainability efforts but not utilize an Environmental Management System (EMS), or vice versa?

An EMS helps companies achieve their environmental goals and performance by consistently controlling operations. Each company’s EMS is specific to its business and goals. The EMS supplements quality control systems already in place (such as ISO 9000 or Environment of Care). By utilizing existing systems, organizing the “what” and “where,” and documenting procedures already in place, an EMS does not have to be viewed as another daunting expense or program. 

Similarly, sustainability programs pull together the environmental, economic, and social aspects of an organization. A company’s Environmental Health & Safety and Corporate Social Responsibility approaches fall under the overarching sustainability umbrella. The continuous improvement approach, often associated with an EMS, can also be applied to sustainability measures. Over time, continuous improvement increases regulatory and program compliance, decreases business and legal risks, and boosts the bottom line.

The Environmental Protection Agency lists time and external consulting as the major costs to implementing an EMS. It is clear that this cost can be associated with any new organizing effort. But it is the benefits and improvements that stand out and that are true to both an EMS and a sustainability program:  overall performance, pollution prevention, compliance, resource conservation, new customers, increased efficiency/cost savings, employee morale, lower risk, and a superior image with the public and stakeholders.

Mark Twain may not have been referring to EMS and sustainability at the time, but it is certainly applicable now. While the environment is only one pillar of sustainability, an EMS can only positively influence the overall sustainability approach.

Free Webinar – Corporate Water Footprinting Reply

Please join us for a free webinar:

Corporate Water Footprinting
Its Benefits and Opportunities

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
10:00am – 11:00am EST

Presented by: Chris Walton, PE, BCEE, Senior Environmental Engineer, CAPACCIO Environmental Engineering, Inc.
Moderated by:  Wayne Bates, PhD, PE, Vice President,
CAPACCIO Environmental Engineering, Inc.

Don’t underestimate the value of water to your business and supply chain. Corporate water footprinting can help businesses identify risk and opportunity, develop standard measurements and assessments, provide transparency, raise awareness about water concerns, and encourage action and dialogue.

You will learn about:

  • Corporate water footprinting basics
  • Identifying business-related water risk
  • Water accounting tools

This is a follow-up to our recent corporate water footprinting blog series we have been posting on this website.

Too busy? Register anyway. We record our webinars and will send you the recorded version at the conclusion of the webinar.

To register, visit: http://www.capaccio.com/handouts/eblast/0312_Water_Footprinting_WebEvite.htm