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S2: Substantive Stakeholder Dialogue

For more than 20 years Ceres has been bringing the investor, business and NGO communities together in constructive dialogue to advance improved corporate sustainability performance. Drawing primarily upon the depth and expertise of the Ceres coalition, the Ceres stakeholder engagement model features diverse teams of credible, external stakeholders that provide ongoing input to a company on policy, strategy, performance and disclosure.

 

The Ceres Stakeholder Engagement Model

Stakeholders sitting around a table.For more than 20 years Ceres has been bringing the investor, business and NGO communities together in constructive dialogue to advance improved corporate sustainability performance. Drawing primarily upon the depth and expertise of the Ceres coalition, the Ceres stakeholder engagement model features diverse teams of credible, external stakeholders that provide ongoing input to a company on policy, strategy, performance and disclosure. In 1995, Ceres brought companies together with stakeholders in 20 unique dialogues. In 2012, we convened over 100 engagements.

We believe it is critical for companies to be at the table with stakeholders who will challenge them with differing opinions and insights. A diversity of expertise and perspectives results in the identification of emerging issues, enabling companies to take a proactive approach to sustainability.

Ceres stakeholder engagements are confidential, collaborative and solutions oriented. Ceres is an active participant in these dialogues, and along with other stakeholders, offers honest and constructive feedback. A key part of the Ceres model is creating an accountability loop where companies not only receive feedback from stakeholders, but also respond on how they will act on the feedback received. The long-term nature of the Ceres dialogues also helps stakeholders and companies to develop the mutual trust necessary to work together to identify smart business solutions for sustainability challenges.

For more on Ceres membership and the stakeholder engagement process, see How We Work With Companies.