Governance, stakeholder engagement, and disclosure are essential building blocks for embedding sustainability across company decision-making. But the ultimate measure of a company is how it performs on environmental and social issues that are closely linked to its business.
Sustainability is important for society and the planet, but it also presents companies with substantial opportunities to support business growth. Tackling sustainability helps companies reduce costs in a carbon-constrained world—turning waste into assets, eliminating costly inefficiencies on energy, water and other resources, and avoiding conflicts in global supply chains. And yet something bigger is afoot: sustainability is providing the spark to innovation.
"Ford has reevaluated its business model to develop a bolder plan for the future. Our history and engagement with Ceres helped us recognize that sustainability needed to be at the core of our business model."
-- JOHN VIERA, Global Director, Sustainability & Vehicle Environmental Matters, Ford Motor Company
Operating a successful business in the 21st century requires a company to develop a strategic approach to new risks and opportunities. Ceres works with member companies—from more than 20 different industries—to improve sustainability performance and devise strategies to enhance competitive advantage. We engage with member companies across the spectrum of environmental and social performance issues, including: climate and energy, water, waste, human rights and labor, supply chains, sustainable products and services, and employee engagement—among many others.
Ceres Companies in Action
EBAY: SOURCING RENEWABLE ENERGY FOR DATA CENTERS
When Ceres Network Company, eBay, the world’s largest online marketplace, built its first-ever data center in Utah, it wanted to not only design and build the site to LEED Gold standards, but also use clean energy to power much of the sprawling facility. However, to do so, eBay needed to change Utah law. Read more...
Levi Strauss: Improving Worker’s Well-Being
Levi Strauss & Co., a pioneer in supplier labor rights partnered with Ceres to help it convene a global multi-stakeholder initiative to support the development of its new worker well-being program. Following a Ceres-led dialogue with labor and human rights groups, NGOs, suppliers and other companies, Levi Strauss released a new blueprint for supply chain engagement that promises deeper efforts to improve the lives and well-being of its supply chain workers, and challenges other companies to do the same. Ceres and Levi Strauss authored a white paper outlining this bold new approach. Read more…
Coca-Cola: Advancing Water Stewardship
Comprehensive water stewardship is a top business priority for The Coca-Cola Company, which since 2004 has improved the efficiency of its water use by 20 percent. However, as water risks intensify globally and investor and stakeholder expectations continue to grow, Coca-Cola identified the need for a rigorous third-party evaluation of its water management approach. Read more...
the ceres roadmap for sustainability
Visit The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability, which lays out key sustainability performance indicators for operations, supply chains, transportation, products & services and employees. The website also provides interactive data on corporate performance against these indicators and numerous examples of best practice.