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Stakeholder Engagement

Drawing upon the breadth and depth of our 130-member Ceres Coalition—which includes such groups as the Union of Concerned Scientists, California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), Oxfam America, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, Natural Resources Defense Council and AFL-CIO—the Ceres stakeholder engagement model features diverse teams of credible, external stakeholders that provide ongoing input to companies on strategy, disclosure and bottom-line performance.

Stakeholders sitting around a table.Stakeholder engagement is a critical process that helps companies understand their key environmental and social impacts and identify sustainability risks and opportunities. For more than 25 years, Ceres has been a pioneer in stakeholder engagement—bringing companies together with investors, environmental and social issue experts, public interest organizations and other stakeholders in face-to-face dialogues to find smart business solutions to today’s biggest sustainability challenges.

Drawing upon the breadth and depth of our 130-member Ceres Coalition—which includes such groups as the Union of Concerned Scientists, California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), Oxfam America, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, Natural Resources Defense Council and AFL-CIO—the Ceres stakeholder engagement model features diverse teams of credible, external stakeholders that provide ongoing input to companies on strategy, disclosure and bottom-line performance.

Indra Nooyi Pepsi"To address the tough environmental and social issues facing global corporations today, we need to hear from a diverse group of stakeholders who challenge us to innovate and operate in a sustainable manner.  No one has access to such a vast network of valuable, independent input as Ceres."

- Indra Nooyi, Chairman & CEO, PepsiCo

Ceres dialogues are a venue for stakeholders to provide candid and constructive feedback about a company’s performance related to:

  • Key sustainability impacts, risks and opportunities
  • Strategies and targets for addressing sustainability challenges
  • Disclosure of its environmental, social, economic and governance performance, as communicated in its sustainability report
  • New sustainability initiatives, projects, and policies


Ceres’ stakeholder engagements are confidential, collaborative and solution-oriented. Ceres is an active participant in these dialogues, and along with other stakeholders, offers honest and constructive feedback.

The Ceres model is premised on the two-way accountability loop—where companies not only receive input from stakeholders, but are also able to provide a response to stakeholders as to how they will act on it. The unique, customized, and long-term nature of the Ceres’ dialogues helps stakeholders and companies to develop the mutual trust necessary to work together to advance continuous performance improvements.

Ceres Network Companies in Action


Ford: The evolution of engagement

Ford HybridFord Motor Company has worked closely with Ceres since 2000 to not only disclose and improve its sustainability performance, but to embed sustainability expectations across its business model. Read more...

Pepsico: Engaging investors

Investor engagementOne of Ceres' unique roles is bringing together investors and companies around sustainability matters.  Since 2010, PepsiCo has been actively engaging investors on climate change, water scarcity and public health through its annual financial filings, identifying these issues as its core sustainability challenges. CEO, Indra Nooyi, has spoken out at key events such as the World Economic Forum about the importance of running the business for the long-term duration of the company; and at its most recent annual shareholder meeting the company presented its Performance with Purpose sustainability strategy and goals.

Citigroup & walt disney: leveraging stakeholder feedback

Stakeholder engagement/reportCeres works with companies to organize on-going dialogues to help companies tackle some of the most challenging environmental and social impacts facing their business.  Read about how companies like Citigroup and The Walt Disney Company are integrating this input into their business decisions. Read more...

the ceres roadmap for sustainability

Four Arrows

Visit The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability, which lays out four key expectations for stakeholder engagement, highlights leading practices and provides data on corporate performance.

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