The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability contains 20 specific expectations for corporate performance broadly divided into four areas of activity— governance, stakeholder engagement, disclosure and performance (including the areas of operations, supply chain, transportation and logistics, products and services, and employees).
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.
Performance is broken down into the following areas:
See how the largest companies in the U.S. are performing against these expectations in our recent report, Gaining Ground: Corporate Progress on the Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability.
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