Client Case Study
Corporate Governance for Sustainability
Research Report for Ceres
Ceres is a leading sustainability nonprofit that works with the most influential investors and companies to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy.
Ceres wanted to understand the corporate governance practices of the world’s largest companies, and the extent to which they integrate sustainability at the board level. The client sought to showcase the best practices that boards should adopt to enhance sustainability performance.
Our team examined corporate governance practices of Forbes 500 companies, to provide a snapshot of current trends. We analysed corporate governance practices based on a set of key indicators such as board oversight, sustainability expertise of directors and whether remuneration is linked to sustainability performance. We found that certain board practices are linked to better sustainability performance, providing the first concrete evidence that sustainability should be a board-level priority.
We published a report “Systems Rule: How Board Governance Practices Can Drive Sustainability Performance. The report is driving impact among key target audiences:
Bloomberg wrote an article based on the findings of our report, entitled “Most Company Boards Lack Clear Environmental, Social Expertise”.
GreenBiz featured an article about our research, entitled “Sustainability Governance is Integrated Governance”.