Paul founded CDP in 2000 with an ambition of creating a global economic system that operates within sustainable environmental boundaries and prevents dangerous climate change. Voted number one climate research provider by investors and working with institutional investors with assets of over US$100 trillion, CDP leverage investor power to motivate companies to disclose and manage their environmental impacts. In addition, CDP represents the purchasing power of over 100 corporations with aggregate purchasing spend of over $4 trillion. In response to this enormous authority, over 9,500 large companies representing over 50% of global market capitalization disclosed data regarding climate change as well as other environmental data through CDP in 2020. This is in addition to the over 800 major cities, states and regions disclosed through, making CDP’s platform one of the richest sources of information globally on how companies and governments are driving environmental change. Paul previously co-founded Rufus Leonard Corporate Design and EyeNetwork, which was the largest videoconference booking service in Europe.
He has served as a member of the Environmental Research Group of the UK Faculty and Institute of Actuaries. Paul has authored various publications including the book Beautiful Corporations published in 2000 by Financial Times Prentice Hall. The book introduced the concept of sustainability product marketing which is growing in significance as a force in contemporary commerce.
Paul is Chair of the Trustees of the NGO ShareAction as well as a Trustee of the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland. He is an advisor to the NGO Influence Map and is a trustee of the grant making Friends Provident Foundation. He is a co-presenter of the leading podcast in the world on climate change: ‘Outrage and Optimism’ with Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac, with over 1.3 million downloads.