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.|
Direct operations – those activities over which companies exercise immediate control or influence – offer the greatest opportunities for improving sustainability performance. Doing so also gives credibility to efforts to improve sustainability performance downstream to suppliers or upstream to consumers: a company that is encouraging its suppliers and consumers to be more sustainable needs to lead by example.
Reducing energy consumption at company facilities and across vehicle fleets, limiting its carbon footprint, and implementing recycling, water efficiency and human rights programs are just some of the steps companies can take on their own to become more sustainable. Many of these efforts also benefit the bottom line. Reduce energy consumption and invest in energy efficient buildings, and save on utility bills. Use water efficiently, and reduce wastewater effluent and water treatment costs. Many larger companies are saving tens of millions of dollars annually through such efficiency measures.
The bottom-line value of programs that address social impacts and promote human rights, worker health and safety, and strong, healthy communities is more difficult to quantify, but can be linked to enhanced productivity, retention and reductions in employee turnover rates.
For this section we analyzed company performance on four of the five performance expectations in the Roadmap: