The Road to 2020: Corporate Progress on the Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability

Source: CERES organization

A joint report by Ceres and Sustainalytics

The Road to 2020: Corporate Progress on The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability assesses how U.S. businesses are progressing on sustainability and uses as a framework, The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability, a guide for integrating sustainability across a company’s entire enterprise. Specifically, it evaluates where 600 large publicly traded companies1 stand on sustainability issues in terms of governance, stakeholder engagement, disclosure and performance.


This report evaluates if and how 600 large U.S. companies are meeting many of the expectations outlined in the Roadmap. It is intended to allow companies to assess how they are performing against their peers and to see what businesses are doing across economic sectors. It is not an absolute measure of performance but a relative one. Simply because a company is performing better than its peers with regard to a specific Roadmap expectation does not mean it has fully met that expectation.

Sustainalytics’ environmental, social and governance (ESG) research and analysis platform was leveraged as the basis for The Road to 2020 assessment process. Indicators from the ESG platform were selected as proxies to measure the expectations from the Roadmap, and Sustainalytics also customized the database to include additional indicators that would strengthen the assessment. Industry-specific weightings were assigned to address unique areas of impact and exposure.

Read more about the report and methodology here.


The findings of this report represent a collaborative effort by Ceres and Sustainalytics to assess the progress of companies and to identify noteworthy trends and business practices. Our conclusion? Companies are moving, albeit too slowly, given the urgency of the sustainability challenges we face. Some companies have made great strides; others are standing still; and most are somewhere in between. This means that for most companies the opportunities to transform themselves are vast.

Read more key findings here.


For this report, nine sectors were examined in greater detail across The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability expectations. The sector-specific analyses include a summary of each sector’s progress within the four chapters of The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability—Governance, Stakeholder Engagement, Disclosure and Performance.  Within the Performance section—which covers operations, supply chain, transportation and logistics, products and services and employees—those issues that are of greatest relevance to the sector have been highlighted.

Read the nine sector analyses here.


This web platform allows users to view and customize data. Interact with more than 100 charts and graphs to learn more about corporate progress on The Ceres Roadmap expectations. The data is presented according to the four chapters of The Roadmap and the expectations within each. In each section, click on a tier to delve deeper into sector performance and view.

Interact with the data here.

1. The vast majority of companies included within this report are based in the U.S.; only ten companies are headquartered elsewhere.