About the Ceres Roadmap
In 2010, Ceres released The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability (“Roadmap”), a veritable owner’s manual for the sustainable corporation. The Roadmap contains 20 specific expectations for corporate performance broadly divided into four areas of activity— governance, stakeholder engagement, disclosure and performance.
Governance: Companies will embed sustainability into core building blocks—management and board structures, goal-setting and strategic decision-making.
Stakeholder engagement: Companies will proactively engage in robust dialogue with stakeholders across the whole value chain, and will integrate stakeholder feedback into strategic planning and operational decision-making.
Disclosure: Companies will regularly report on sustainability strategies and performance. Disclosure will include credible, standardized, independently verified metrics encompassing all material stakeholder concerns, and detailed goals and plans for future action.
Performance: Companies will routinely and systematically improve environmental and social metrics across their operations, supply chains and products, including reduced water and energy use, lower footprints for carbon emissions and waste and respect for human rights.
The Ceres Roadmap focuses on areas where Ceres sees enormous opportunities for impact; however, it does not cover every aspect of sustainability. It is designed to be of practical help to all, whether a business aims to establish a leadership platform, to fill gaps in its existing approach to sustainability or is still considering where to begin.
- Assessing the company’s baseline environmental and social performance
- Analyzing corporate management and accountability structures and systems
- Conducting a materiality analysis of risks and opportunities
In 2012, two years after the release of The Ceres Roadmap, Ceres and Sustainalytics released a report called The Road to 2020 assessing if and how 600 of the largest U.S. companies are meeting the expectations outlined in The Ceres Roadmap.
The analysis shows there are pockets of leadership and innovation, and identifies many specific examples where lessons can be learned and applied by other businesses. But it also reveals that two years into the 2020 timeframe we still have a long way to go.
To read more about The Road to 2020 and view the results, visit the Company Performance section.