Welcome to the IMS Carbon Management, Reporting and Disclosure Resource Centre


CDP Services 2020

Last year, over 50% of IMS clients achieved Leadership status for their climate disclosures.

TCFD Reporting

Guidance and support for reporting to Taskforce for Climate-related Financial Disclosure
framework and principles

Science Based Targets for emissions reduction

Setting and implementing science-based targets

Global Reporting Initiative

Reporting using GRI standards and frameworks

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Applying the UNSDGs to your business strategy

Future Fit Business Benchmark

Coming soon : Guidance and support for FFBB methodology

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IMS Consulting are sustainability strategy, communication and engagement experts, with offices in the UK and France. We develop and deliver sustainability research, reporting and disclosure services for some of the world’s leading responsible businesses.

Welcome to our Resource Centre


CDP Services

IMS Consulting provides a full range of support for clients looking to submit to CDP’s climate, water or forest disclosures.
We’ve put the experience of our carbon specialists together in the set of resources available here.
This microsite is designed to help you through the process by providing guidance, tips and information. Download our Guides, White Papers and Coffee Break Briefings to help you and your team make the most of your disclosure process.
Whether you’re looking for a one-off ScoreCHECK or full support throughout your CDP process, this Guide explains how IMS can help you to prepare for CDP in 2020, understand changes in the scoring methodology and how to treat sector-specific questions.

CDP ScoreCHECK and GAP Analysis

ScoreCHECK is a scoring prediction tool developed by IMS that allows us to analyse clients’ CDP submissions at question level and to estimate your final score. ScoreCHECK is updated every year based on the most recent official scoring methodology published by CDP. ScoreCHECK is available for all three CDP areas of disclosure – Carbon, Forest and Water – and includes sector-specific questions.
Use ScoreCHECK for GAP analysis on your previous CDP submissions and to check and predict your 2020 performance.
2019 was the first time JCDecaux hired outside consultants to help with our CDP climate disclosure. Our team usually handles everything in-house, but the IMS ScoreCHECK really convinced us to get the help of external experts this year. I really like the way we worked together, first filling the questionnaire ourselves, “scanning” our answers through the ScoreCHECK, then improving the answers together.
Stéphanie Biderre – JCDecaux, Sustainability Manager, performance and change management.

CDP Support Packages

IMS Consulting provides a range of support packages, designed to suit your company’s needs, ambitions and budget. Take a look at our client testimonials and video references to learn how we’ve been helping other companies to succeed.
For detailed information on service plans and costs for CDP email us at info@imsplc.com or call +44(0)7785 921717

Preparing a Better Disclosure

Guide to CDP 2020 – Preparing a better disclosure
This comprehensive White Paper, written by IMS’s carbon consultants, includes the timetable for 2020, numerous tips on how to improve your submission, details on this year’s sector-specific questions and guidance on threshold scoring, including detailed advice on how scores are determined. It is an invaluable aid if you are serious about your climate, water and forest disclosures for 2020.
Our 2020 Guide is supported by informative videos – see the Video Guides section of this Resource Centre. You can also sign up to the IMS Consulting newsletter Carbon Update. Simply register your details at info@imsplc.com

Video Guides and Podcasts

These short videos and podcasts cover a wide range of carbon reporting and disclosure-related subjects. Our library is being added to regularly. If you would like to be kept updated as new videos and White Papers are released, please click here.
HOW TO videos. Short interviews, tips and guidance to help you improve carbon management, reporting and disclosure



TCFD Taskforce for Climate-related Financial Disclosure

Scenario Analysis

IMS Consulting’s handy “Coffee Break Briefing” on Scenario Analysis is written for non-experts who want to learn more about the TCFD reporting requirements, and in particular how to develop and report different climate-related scenarios. This briefing is really useful to share with colleagues who want to understand TCFD in more detail but perhaps aren’t ready for the full context that we provide in our White Paper. This Briefing includes an introduction to TCFD and an overview of the taskforce’s recommendations, advice on how to go about reporting and an introduction to scenario analysis. Not only is this Briefing valuable to any company embarking upon TCFD reporting, the information on scenario planning and analysis is also entirely relevant to leading disclosure standards including CDP.

White Paper

IMS Consulting provides comprehensive reporting and disclosure support packages for companies who are serious about TCFD compliance.
This 34 page whitepaper is your definitive Guide to TCFD Reporting. Researched and written by a sustainability consultant who is also a qualified chartered accountant and chartered tax advisor, this comprehensive, yet easy to understand, guide is complemented by a set of case studies and a shorter “Coffee Break Briefing” written for anyone who wants a quick introduction to Scenario Analysis. Our White Paper takes you through every aspect of TCFD reporting in a useful step-by-step approach. It covers TCFD recommendations and provides a valuable source of references to other publications and resources.

Case Studies in TCFD Reporting

Use this set of Case Studies in conjunction with IMS Consulting’s comprehensive Guide to TCFD Reporting (our whitepaper). We’ve selected six companies who are reporting to TCFD and provided a review of key aspects of each of their reports. It will help you to shape your thinking on how to report most effectively. Companies reviewed in the 28-page publication (researched and written by a sustainability consultant who is also a qualified chartered accountant and chartered tax advisor,) include: Vodafone, British Land, Citigroup, Unilever, Rio Tinto and AXA. For each case study we provide analysis of each company’s approach and suggestions on how you can structure your own report to ensure that stakeholders can get maximum benefit.

SBT Science Based Targets

Developing and Validating your Science-Based Targets
IMS provides support developing targets, applying recognised emissions reduction models and getting your targets approved by the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTI).
Obtaining approval from the SBTI can be a complex and time-consuming process. The validation process is thorough and more often than not involves several rounds of communication with the SBTI and revision of targets, making the timescale for approval anywhere between 6 and 18 months. The support of external experts such as IMS Consulting can be invaluable throughout the process.
What if I don’t want to have my targets validated?
A very good question. Many companies that we work with are pressing ahead with a net zero ambition, implementation of an emissions reduction pathway or setting science-based emissions reduction targets that are not SBTI verified.
Several reasons. Maybe you have a particular plan for reaching net zero, perhaps you don’t want to wait for an approved methodology to be developed, or don’t want to delay implementation of emissions reduction measures while your targets are submitted and approved by SBTI – remember it can take over 12 months.
Our Coffee Break Briefing on Science Based Targets explains, in simple terms, how to set about calculating and implementing science based emissions reduction targets.

GRI Reporting

Coming soon.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Coming soon.

Future Fit Business Benchmark (FFBB)

Coming soon.


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