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Set New Standards and Expectations

Ceres has a long history of setting new expectations for leadership by investors and businesses on sustainability disclosure, performance and corporate governance. We will continue to define best practices on sustainability and governance in the 21st century and ensure there is widespread adoption and accountability.

Set New StandardsIn order to meet the new challenges of the 21st century, companies and investors must ask new questions and set new standards for success. Ceres has a long history of setting new standards and expectations for leadership by investors and businesses on sustainability disclosure, performance and corporate governance. We will continue to define best practices on sustainability and governance in the 21st century and ensure there is widespread adoption and accountability.

How We Will Get There:

  1. Ensure boards of directors at all companies have explicit oversight over climate change and other sustainability risks and integrate sustainability into performance evaluations and incentive packages of CEOs and senior executives.
  2. Ensure all companies are issuing GRI-based reports with specific performance goals and targets for operations, products and services, supply chains and employee programs.
  3. Benchmark and rank the world's 500 largest companies in carbon-intensive sectors, financial services, consumer goods and technology on climate change and other sustainability practices.
  4. Lead a collaborative effort to define what a 21st century sustainable corporation should look like, including the 21st century "utility of the future."


Resources

2008 Ceres-ACCA Reporting Awards Judges Report
Apr 08, 2009
April 2009 - Ninety-seven sustainability reports from companies and organizations representing a range of sectors were submitted for review this year. Of these, 19 reports were short-listed and an expert panel of judges met in January 2009 to select the award winners.
Resilient Coasts: A Blueprint for Action
Apr 08, 2009
April 2009 - The Heinz Center and Ceres undertook the challenging task of forging consensus on principles and actions to increase coastal resilience for three fundamental reasons: our coasts are threatened, there are reasonable steps to counter those threats, and we as a nation are not yet taking them.
Addressing Climate Risk: Financial Institutions and Emerging Markets
Sep 08, 2009
September 2009 - The results of the survey show that emerging market banks recognize the challenges from climate change and are beginning to position themselves for its wide-ranging risks and opportunities, whether from carbon-reducing regulations, international carbon trading schemes or far-reaching physical impacts.
CAFE and the U.S. Auto Industry Revisited: A Growing Auto Investor Issue (2011 - 2016)
Oct 08, 2009
October 2009 - This report evaluates the impact that changes to the U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program may have on the industry in 2016. We have issued this report as a follow-up to Citi’s October 22, 2007 report “CAFE and the U.S. Auto Industry – A Growing Auto Investor Issue, 2012-2020” in which we examined the impact of proposed fuel economy regulation on the U.S. auto industry.
Fast Forward: Ceres Annual Report 2008-2009
Dec 08, 2009
December 2009 - This report highlights Ceres' 20 year history of building sustainability into capital markets and lays out our vision for reaching a truly sustainable economy by 2020. Told through the lens of our four key pillars for success - Ensuring Honest Accounting, Setting New Standards and Expectations, Accelerating Green Innovation and Changing the Rules of the Game - this report explores Ceres current work and asks the crucial questions we need to answer if we are going to accelerate systemic change to address climate change and other sustainability threats.