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The 2011 Carbon Performance Leadership Index (CPLI)


In 2011, there are 11 leaders from a range of sectors which represent six of the 10 sectors. The average performance score for CPLI companies was 80, while the average performance score for the S&P companies that qualified to receive a score was 39. Both of these scores are down from 2010, when CPLI companies had an average performance score of 85 and S&P companies qualifying to receive a performance score had an average score of 47.


In recent years, there has been a consistent trend that S&P 500 senior executives are increasingly engaged and want to have accurate and relevant information to make informed decisions about their company’s response to


climate change. In response, CDP has raised the bar by enhancing the questionnaire and scoring methodology for both disclosure and performance questions to make the scoring results more relevant to investors.


This year’s data showed clear improvements to prior year disclosure scores for S&P companies. As companies continue to improve disclosure scores, performance improvements are also recognized, but at a lesser rate. When performance was introduced in 2009 as a pilot, the focus was to measure the extent to which a company had a framework in place to address climate change impacts. This year, performance focused on measuring the quality and status of a company’s


short- and long-term actions to mitigate climate change. As a result of this higher and more relevant standard, fewer companies earned a place on the CPLI in 2011 as compared to 2010.


Performance improvements tend to take longer to achieve. They generally follow improvements in information gathering and analysis that first lead to an increase in disclosure scores. As companies measure, they can manage and then begin to perform and optimize results. Given the natural progression of performance lagging behind disclosure, the expectation is that companies will continue to improve over the coming years.


Figure 14: 2011 S&P 500 Carbon Performance Leadership Index12 Sector Company names Consumer Staples Clorox


Molson Coors Brewing


Financials Industrials


Information Technology Materials


Bank of America* Morgan Stanley CSX*


Lockheed Martin Cisco Systems*


Air Products & Chemicals Alcoa


Ecolab Utilities Consolidated Edison* 2011


Performance Band A A


A A A A A


A A


A A


2010


Performance Band C C


A B A B A


B B


B A


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12. Carbon performance scores were first introduced by CDP in 2010 (with a pilot in 2009). An asterisk indicates companies that have been carbon performance leaders for at least two consecutive years.


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