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.
"Integrating sustainability is not just a good opportunity for business. It is essential for success in a world of constrained resources. Right now every business has a choice to make. We choose to move fast, using sustainability as a force for innovation. We choose to embrace transparency, collaboration and advocacy as tools to unlock opportunity and enable us to thrive in a clean and green economy.”
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.
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To learn more about corporate sustainability performance, download The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability, which lays out key sustainability performance indicators for operations, supply chains, transportation, products & services and employees.