Comprehensive disclosure of sustainability performance and impacts is a key part of a company’s sustainability journey. What gets measured gets managed, and what gets disclosed is more apt to get done. Disclosure is not just a way for companies to tell their story, but it can help them to build relationships with key stakeholders.
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
Disclosure is at the core of Ceres’ history and expertise. In 1997, Ceres helped create the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). GRI reporting guidelines are now the de-facto international standard for corporate sustainability reporting—used by more than 1,800 companies worldwide. Members of the Ceres Company Network commit to regular sustainability reporting and Ceres works with each of our member companies to improve the quality of their disclosure.
|"Bloomberg is committed to sustainability, not only as a matter of principle, but as good business too. Operating sustainably can enhance business efficiency. And our product teams are developing new tools for the financial community to manage risk and leverage opportunities around this issue."
—Peter Grauer, Bloomberg
There has been a tremendous evolution in sustainability reporting and Ceres works with each of our member companies to improve sustainability disclosure and meet growing expectations of investors and other stakeholders.
Ceres is a leader in driving forward stronger policies and best practices on disclosure – including the Securities & Exchange Commission's recent climate change disclosure guidance for publicly held companies and encouraging all material sustainability information to be disclosed in financial filings.
We are also part of the emerging dialogue on integrated reporting, aimed at getting companies to provide all financial, as well as environmental, social and governance (ESG) data in one centralized place where investors are more likely to use it We not only contribute to the conversation, but also work to ensure that Ceres network members are kept abreast of these emerging issue areas.
Sustainability Reporting Awards
Ceres is also dedicated to recognizing excellence in sustainability reporting. For more than a decade, the annual Ceres-ACCA North American Sustainability Reporting Awards have recognized exemplary disclosure by companies and other organizations. The Report of the Judges highlights trends and best practices in sustainability reporting year after year.