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The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability

The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap to Sustainability is a vision and practical roadmap for integrating sustainability into the DNA of business—from the boardroom to the copy room. It analyzes the drivers, risks and opportunities involved in making the shift to sustainability, and details strategies and results from companies who are taking on these challenges. This Roadmap is designed to provide a comprehensive platform for sustainable business strategy and for accelerating best practices and performance.

The race is on to establish a low-carbon sustainable global economy and the competition is fierce.

Ceres Roadmap for SustainabilityCeres released the 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap to Sustainability (pdf) as a vision and practical roadmap for integrating sustainability into the DNA of business—from the boardroom to the copy room. It analyzes the drivers, risks and opportunities involved in making the shift to sustainability, and details strategies and results from companies who are taking on these challenges.

The Ceres Roadmap is designed to provide a comprehensive platform for sustainable business strategy and for accelerating best practices and performance.

Corporate Progress on The Ceres Roadmap

In 2012, two years after the release of The Ceres Roadmap framework, Ceres and Sustainalytics launched a new report assessing how U.S. businesses stand on sustainable business performance and specifically across four key areas: governance, stakeholder engagement, disclosure and performance.

Road to 2020 cover imageThe Road to 2020: Corporate Progress on The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability evaluates if and how 600 of the largest U.S. companies are meeting the expectations outlined in The Ceres Roadmap. The report allows companies to assess how they are performing against their peers and to see what businesses are doing across economic sectors.

This web report features analysis of corporate performance across The Ceres Roadmap expectations, interactive charts and graphs, as well as sector-specific analyses. The web platform also features case studies, videos, blogs and resources to provide both companies and investors the tools they need to make the shift to a more sustainable economy.

Our conclusion? Companies are moving, albeit too slowly, given the urgency of the sustainability challenges we face. This transformation will require boldness, innovation and perseverance; and the companies that make this switch will be best positioned to drive solutions to these 21st century challenges.

Learn more at www.ceres.org/roadto2020.

In the video below, Kathrin Winkler of EMC talks about how her company uses The Ceres Roadmap to improve its sustainability performance.

What is in The Ceres Roadmap?

  • The Ceres Roadmap sets out 20 expectations for sustainability that companies should start implementing now to be considered sustainable going forward.  It is raising the bar for leadership.
  • These expectations are laid out in four broad areas that are key for corporate sustainability: governance, stakeholder engagement, disclosure, and performance. All of the expectations presented in The Ceres Roadmap need to be addressed for a company to achieve a comprehensive and coherent sustainable business strategy.
  • The full report has more than 200 company best practice examples across 20 sectors. Many companies have started this journey — from heavy industry to consumer products — and The Ceres Roadmap includes a full range of examples to demonstrate what is possible now and where companies need to go in the future.
  • The report features more than 250 resources and tools from a wide range of global experts, organizations and thought leaders.


The Investor Perspective

There is increasing interest from mainstream investors to understand and evaluate sustainability risks and opportunities in their investment decisions. The best performing companies of the 21st century will be those that recognize the opportunities presented, and invest and act now. These companies will be best positioned to thrive in the coming low-carbon, resource-constrained global economy of the 21st century. The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability offers a realistic and clear path forward to sustainable economic prosperity.

For more information

Download your copy of The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability.