WSP scored ‘A-’ for the last three years, and with this progression, we now stand alongside a small number of companies that achieved an ‘A’ in 2022, out of nearly 15,000 companies scored.
“We are pleased to have made the ‘A’ List on climate change this year,” said Alexandre L’Heureux, President and Chief Executive Officer. “This recognition reaffirms our commitment to embedding climate-related considerations into our operations. We strive to lead the world’s green transition through proven scientific approaches, innovation and smart engineering, to future-proof our cities and our environment. Transparency is critical to achieving our goals.”
In 2022, we accelerated our commitment to meaningful climate action and transparency. In March, WSP published our first standalone Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) report, which addresses the potential impacts of climate change on our business. In June, WSP shared a Climate Transition Plan detailing the actions we plan to take to achieve our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets.
“I would like to thank our teams for their contributions towards achieving this CDP ‘A’ score,” said André-Martin Bouchard, Global Corporate Director, ESG. “As we work towards achieving net zero emissions across our value chain by 2040, we aim to be transparent regarding the risks we may face, as well as the opportunities we have, to support the transition to a low-carbon economy globally."
Dexter Galvin, Global Director of Corporations and Supply Chains at CDP, said: “Congratulations to all the companies on this year’s A List; environmental transparency is the first vital step towards a net-zero and nature-positive future. In a year of ever-increasing environmental concerns around the world – from extreme weather to unprecedented losses to nature – the need for transformational, urgent and collaborative change is more critical than ever. We must decarbonize half of global GHG emissions and eliminate deforestation by 2030, alongside achieving water security on the same timescale – there is no route to 1.5°C without nature. As CDP continues to raise the bar on what qualifies as climate, forests and water leadership, we hope to see the ambitions and actions of companies on the A List – and those wanting a place on it – do the same.”
CDP’s annual environmental disclosure and scoring process is widely recognized as the gold standard of corporate environmental transparency. In 2022, over 680 investors with over US$130 trillion in assets and 280 major purchasers with US$6.4 trillion in procurement spend requested companies to disclose data on environmental impacts, risks and opportunities through CDP’s platform. A record-breaking 18,700 companies responded.
A detailed and independent methodology is used by CDP to assess these companies, allocating a score of A to D- based on the comprehensiveness of disclosure, awareness and management of environmental risks and demonstration of best practices associated with environmental leadership, such as setting ambitious and meaningful targets.
The full list of companies that made this year’s CDP A List is available here.
As one of the world's leading professional services firms, WSP exists to future-proof our cities and our environment. It provides strategic advisory, engineering, and design services to clients in the transportation, infrastructure, environment, building, power, energy, water, mining, and resource sectors. Its 65,000 trusted professionals are united by the common purpose of creating positive, long-lasting impacts on the communities we serve through a culture of innovation, integrity, and inclusion. Sustainability and science permeate its work. WSP derived about half of its $10.3B (CAD) 2021 revenues from clean sources. Its shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: WSP). To find out more, please visit www.wsp.com.
CDP is a global non-profit that runs the world’s environmental disclosure system for companies, cities, states and regions. Founded in 2000 and working with more than 680 financial institutions with over $130 trillion in assets, CDP pioneered using capital markets and corporate procurement to motivate companies to disclose their environmental impacts, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. Nearly 20,000 organizations around the world disclosed data through CDP in 2022, including more than 18,700 companies worth half of global market capitalization, and over 1,100 cities, states and regions. Fully TCFD aligned, CDP holds the largest environmental database in the world, and CDP scores are widely used to drive investment and procurement decisions towards a zero carbon, sustainable and resilient economy. CDP is a founding member of the Science Based Targets initiative, We Mean Business Coalition, The Investor Agenda and the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative. Visit cdp.net or follow us @CDP to find out more.
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