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Performance: Operations

Companies will invest the necessary resources to achieve environmental neutrality and to demonstrate respect for human rights in their operations. Companies will measure and improve performance related to GHG emissions, energy efficiency, facilities and buildings, water, waste, and human rights. View data.

CERES ROADMAP VISION

Companies will invest the necessary resources to achieve environmental neutrality and to demonstrate respect for human rights in their operations.  Companies will measure and improve performance related to GHG emissions, energy efficiency, facilities and buildings, water, waste, and human rights.
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Check out the Roadmap in Action section for examples of how companies are implementing the Performance: Operations expectations of the Ceres Roadmap.
Direct business operations often represent the first opportunity for companies to address and improve sustainability performance. Over the past decade, leading companies have developed innovative strategies to enhance sustainability performance through GHG emission and water use reductions, green building initiatives and human rights programs. These initiatives aren’t simply good for employees and the environment, they are also good for the bottom line.

Although somewhat harder to quantify, programs that address the social impacts of business operations are gaining momentum, especially in sectors with complex global supply chains. Companies are beginning to implement stronger policies, programs and targets related to human rights, working conditions, safety and employee training. They’re also doing more to support local communities. That said, social performance impacts have not received the same level of attention and resources from companies as environmental initiatives and a lack of consistent disclosure on social issues makes it challenging to evaluate performance within and across sectors.


HOW ARE COMPANIES PERFORMING?

In The Road to 2020: Corporate Progress on The Ceres Roadmap For Sustainability, we evaluated 600 of the largest U.S. companies on their progress towards meeting the expectations laid forth in The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability.

Tier description - 3In this section, using data compiled and analyzed by Sustainalytics, company performance was evaluated for operations in the areas of GHG emission and energy efficiency, facilities and buildings, water management and human rights. Some expectations may be more relevant to certain sectors than others, and in some cases, data availability may have limited the sectors we were able to evaluate. If an expectation is focused on a sub-set of the sectors, this is stated.

To read more about how companies are doing in each of these key areas and access our interactive data, click on a link to the left.



SECTOR PERFORMANCE

For a deeper analysis of how certain sectors are performing against the Ceres Roadmap, please visit the Sector Performance section. There you will find a customized look at the performance of the following sectors:  Autos & Transportation, Electric Utilities, Financial Services, Food & Beverage, Footwear & Apparel, Oil & Gas Producers, Retail, Technology Hardware, Technology Software & Services.

The Ceres Roadmap focuses on areas where Ceres sees enormous opportunities for impact; however, it does not cover every aspect of sustainability. The Ceres Roadmap is about going beyond compliance to leadership; issues such as health and safety, regulatory compliance, diversity, and community philanthropy, are important for sustainability, but are not covered in this report.