Bill Clinton stated once that, “The Carbon Disclosure Project is vital, and we’ve got to get everybody to participate in it.”

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is an international nonprofit that holds the largest database of corporate climate change information in the world.

2,500 organizations from 60 countries measure and report their greenhouse gas emissions and climate change strategies through CDP, which can help them set reduction targets and make improvements.

For reporting companies, it could be a lot like going to the gym; people measure their performance and improvement with the encouragement of having others around them doing the same.

The CDP uses the aggregate climate change information to develop international carbon reporting standards and to help influence decision-making in the financial and governmental sectors.  They also make the data publicly available.

Despite its name, however, the Carbon Disclosure Project isn’t only about corporate carbon emissions.  It also has programs for water disclosure, supply chains, and a new pilot for city reporting.

With the help of the CDP, investors, corporations, policymakers, public sector organizations, government bodies, academics and the public can work together to create an economy that doesn’t pollute our air and fresh water.