Record numbers of the largest and most influential companies in the U.S. have been found in new research to be committing themselves to ambitious sustainability policies.

The optimistic report, tagged Turning Point, has been released by the Boston-based non-profit sustainability consultancy Ceres, which seeks responsible solutions with prominent investors and companies.

The findings, following up on an original 2014 assessment, Gaining Ground: Corporate Progress on the Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability, show that nearly two thirds of the more than 600 companies covered intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In addition, more than half of the companies are said now to have formal water management policies, and nearly half are committed to workers’ rights.

Ceres says sustainability is now supervised by senior executives in more companies. Today top-level people are responsible for sustainability performance in 65 per cent of the companies, up from 42 per cent in 2014, and high-level officers handle greenhouse gas emissions reductions in 98 per cent of the companies and water management in 97 per cent.

Read the full article about the corporate commitment to sustainability by Brian Collett at TriplePundit.