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S4: C-Level Engagement

CERES ROADMAP EXPECTATION
Senior executives will participate in stakeholder engagement processes to inform strategy, risk management and enterprise-wide decision-making.
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EMC's Chief Sustainability Officer, Kathrin Winkler, describes the how the company strategically engages with stakeholders and uses the Ceres Roadmap to guide priority and goal setting. Watch the video here...

Check out Roadmap in Action for more examples of how companies are implementing the Ceres Roadmap.

To demonstrate the company’s commitment to sustainability, senior executives – including members of the C-suite – should participate in stakeholder engagement. This is an important opportunity for corporate leaders to hear directly from external stakeholders, including NGOs, investors, customers, suppliers, and members of the community. This process provides executives with a first-hand understanding of stakeholder concerns and how they align with the company’s business and sustainability priorities. Board members will also gain value by participating in these discussions.

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.

For this first report it was not possible to capture all of the data required to fully assess all of The Ceres Roadmap expectations.  For some Ceres Roadmap expectations, companies are not yet disclosing the information needed to assess their progress and in other cases, we did not have access to the type of data needed to adequately assess corporate progress.

We will be looking at additional indicators in the future to capture the meaning of the expectations more completely and will develop new indicators to capture data as it is more readily disclosed by companies.