Whistl recognised as global leader for engaging its suppliers on climate change

February 2020

Whistl has been identified as a global leader for engaging with its suppliers on climate change, being awarded a position on the Supplier Engagement Leaderboard by global environmental impact non-profit CDP.


Whistl has been recognized for its actions and strategies to reduce emissions and manage climate risks in its supply chain in the past reporting year. Over 4,800 companies in total were assessed by CDP and given a Supplier Engagement Rating, based on answers to selected questions about governance, targets, scope 3 emissions, and value chain engagement of their response to the CDP 2019 climate change questionnaire and their overall CDP climate change score. Whistl is among the top 3% of organizations assessed by CDP, one of almost 160 companies on the Leaderboard this year. 


Nigel Polglass, Chief Operating Officer, Whistl said: “We are delighted that we have improved our performance year on year and that we continue to lead the sector in making a positive contribution to reducing C02 emissions.  Whistl’s partnership approach to issues like this is reflected in the A rating for supplier engagement and I am grateful for all the hard work of the procurement and transport team, who took the lead on this work within the company.”

The main causes of C02 emissions in the company arise from heat and light within premises and fuel for the fleet.  In the past year the company has invested heavily in its van and bulk fleet to boost fuel efficiencies and cut emissions. Other activities include installation of telematics like IsoTrak across the entire fleet to embed more efficient driving techniques into the teams’ operations.


Dexter Galvin, Director of Corporates and Supply Chains at CDP said: “Congratulations to all the companies on the CDP Supplier Engagement Leaderboard for this year. They are showing leadership on engaging their suppliers to manage climate risk and cut emissions. Given that supply chain emissions are on average 5.5 times as high as a company’s operational emissions, this couldn’t be more crucial. If we are to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and decarbonize the economy, then other companies learning from these leaders and engaging their suppliers is going to be vital”.  

The Supplier Engagement Leaderboard is available on CDP’s website. It follows on from CDP’s most recent supply chain report, Changing the Chain, which showed the vast potential for driving climate action at scale in the supply chain. The report found that major companies working with CDP have potential to cut a gigaton of emissions by driving their suppliers to increase their average proportion of renewable power by 20 percentage points.


CDP is a global non-profit that runs the world’s leading environmental disclosure platform. In 2019, over 8,400 companies disclosed environmental data through CDP at the request of 125 major purchasing organizations with US$3.6 trillion in purchasing spend, and 525 investors with US$96 trillion in assets, making it the gold standard in corporate environmental reporting.  

The full list of 159 companies to achieve a place on the CDP Supplier Engagement Leaderboard is available at: https://www.cdp.net/en/research/global-reports/changing-the-chain?#supplier-engagement
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