"CERES, a coalition of investors, public pension trustees,
foundations, labor unions, and environmental, religious and public
interest groups, believes that globally sustainable economic activity
must be environmentally responsible. CERES' mission is to encourage
companies, in cooperation and collaboration with CERES, to endorse
and practice the CERES Principles. Endorsing the CERES Principles
represents a commitment for business to make continuous environmental
improvement and to become publicly accountable for the environmental
impact of all its activities."
"The CERES Principles
By adopting these Principles, we publicly affirm our belief that
corporations have a responsibility for the environment, and must
conduct all aspects of their business as responsible stewards
of the environment by operating in a manner that protects the
Earth. We believe that corporations must not compromise the ability
of future generations to sustain themselves.
We will update our practices constantly in light of advances in technology and new understandings in health and environmental science. In collaboration with CERES, we will promote a dynamic process to ensure that the Principles are interpreted in a way that accommodates changing technologies and environmental realities. We intend to make consistent, measurable progress in implementing these Principles and to apply them to all aspects of our operations throughout the world.
Protection of the Biosphere...
Sustainable Use of Natural Resources...
Reduction and Disposal of Wastes...
Safe Products and Services...
Informing the Public...
Audits and Reports...
...These Principles establish an environmental ethic with criteria
by which investors and others can assess the environmental performance
of companies. Companies that endorse these Principles pledge to
go voluntarily beyond the requirements of the law... these
Principles obligate endorsers to behave as prudent persons who
are not governed by conflicting interests and who possess a strong
commitment to environmental excellence and to human health and