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Performance: Supply Chain

Companies will require their suppliers to meet the same environmental and social standards as the company has established for itself. Companies will establish sustainable procurement criteria, catalyze improved supplier performance, and facilitate disclosure of suppliers’ sustainability information.

CERES ROADMAP VISION

Companies will require their suppliers to meet the same environmental and social standards as the company has established for itself. Companies will establish sustainable procurement criteria, catalyze improved supplier performance, and facilitate disclosure of suppliers’ sustainability information.

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A New Tool for Strengthening Supplier Engagement

To improve supply chain transparency and catalyze improved practices, Ceres launched a new tool for companies, the Supplier Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ): Building the Foundation for Sustainable Supply Chains.  Read more...

Check out Roadmap in Action for more examples of how companies are implementing the Ceres Roadmap.
From raw materials to manufacturing and packaging, a company’s supply chain can have significant environmental and social impacts; and with varying levels of influence on suppliers, managing these impacts can be challenging. However, the extension of social and environmental standards, goals and programs across global supply chains can also help improve the bottom line. Addressing environmental and social concerns within supplier factories can improve worker morale, retention and productivity, which in turn can contribute to improvements in supply chain efficiency, reliability and resiliency.

HOW ARE COMPANIES PERFORMING?


In the 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 using data compiled and analyzed by Sustainalytics.

Tier description - 3In this section, company performance was evaluated for strength of supply chain policies and codes, alignment of sourcing practices to sustainability standards, supplier engagement and the measurement and disclosure of supplier performance.

While the Supply Chain expectations were broadly evaluated for each of the 600 companies, four sectors with particularly complex supply chains—Food & Beverage, Footwear & Apparel, Retail, and Technology Hardware—received deeper scrutiny. 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.