Engagement efforts with CDP

Earlier this year QUAERO CAPITAL became a signatory to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), an organization that campaigns for better disclosure of environmental performance data from companies, cities, states and regions. It aims to make environmental reporting and risk management a business norm, and drive disclosure, insight and action towards a sustainable economy.

This year we took part of CDP’s annual Non-Disclosure Campaign with 87 other investors, targeting 707 companies with US$15.3 trillion market cap across 46 countries. The campaign targets companies with insufficient transparency regarding their environmental impact, encouraging them to disclose more information through the CDP platform. These companies have been selected due to low transparency relative to their estimated high carbon footprint. American companies make up a significant proportion of the list with 139 companies, followed by 121 Australian, 56 Chinese, 35 French, 18 German, and 13 Swiss companies. The list includes Exxon Mobile, BP, Chevron, Amazon, Volvo, Alibaba.

We took the role of lead investor for seven companies held by the Small Cap funds and three companies held by the Infrastructure fund, as well as adding our signature for an additional 11 companies across other QUAERO CAPITAL funds. We think this process of disclosure is essential for investors, as the information we’re encouraging companies to disclose will enable better evaluation and assessment of how these manage their ESG risks and opportunities.

We are increasing our engagement efforts at QUAERO CAPITAL, both directly and through campaigns such as that of the CDP. The results are so far positive; six of the companies we wrote to submitted a response to CDP, and three more are planning to report next year.


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