Ceres is an advocate for sustainability leadership. Ceres mobilizes a powerful network of investors, companies and public interest groups to accelerate and expand the adoption of sustainable business practices and solutions to build a healthy global economy.
Their mission is to mobilize investor and business leadership to build a thriving, sustainable global economy.
Founded by a small group of investors in 1989 in response to the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Ceres has been working for more than 20 years to weave sustainable strategies and practices into the fabric and decision-making of companies, investors and other key economic players.
Ceres works with more than 130 member organizations that make up the Ceres Coalition to engage with corporations and help advance the goal of building a sustainable global economy. These members include environmental and social nonprofit groups such as NRDC, Union of Concerned Scientists and Oxfam, institutional investors such as the California and New York public pension funds, socially responsible investors (SRIs), labor unions and other key stakeholders. In recent years, Ceres has expanded the coalition’s expertise to include more social issues such as diversity and human rights.
They work with more than 80 companies across a broad range of sectors committed to engaging with diverse stakeholders, improving their performance on social and environmental issues and disclosing strategies and progress publicly. One third of their network companies are Fortune 500 firms from the apparel, auto, electric power, financial services, oil & gas, technology and other sectors.
Ceres works with investors worldwide to improve corporate strategies and public policies on climate change and other environmental and social challenges across the global economy. The investor partners include state treasurers, institutional investors, labor groups and socially responsible investment (SRI) funds. In 2003, Ceres launched the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a network that now includes 100 leading investors collectively managing more than $10 trillion in assets.
WHAT THEY DO
Igniting a Sustainable Global Economy
To accomplish their goals, they work with leading companies, investors, public interest groups, policymakers and other economic players to advance sustainable solutions that will reduce carbon emissions and other pollutants, protect vital natural resources like water supplies, ensure safe and just working conditions for employees and reduce the reliance on fossil fuels while transitioning to a clean energy economy.
Advancing Corporate Sustainability
Ceres is uniquely situated at the nexus of the business, investment and advocacy communities. Drawing on the expertise of the Ceres Coalition, they convene and direct stakeholder engagements with Ceres network companies to find smart strategies and meaningful performance improvements on key environmental and social issues. Their unique engagement model features diverse teams of credible, external stakeholders that provide ongoing input to companies on policies, strategies, disclosure and bottom-line performance.
Mobilizing Investor Action
In addition to working with investors in the Ceres Coalition, Ceres directs the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a network of 100 leading investors collectively managing more than $10 trillion in assets.
Ceres helps INCR members leverage their power as shareholders to secure meaningful commitments on sustainability issues companies are facing. Through shareholder resolutions and face-to-face meetings, investors working with Ceres are asking companies to boost their focus and transparency on sustainability-related risks and set tangible performance goals for mitigating those risks – whether by lowering carbon emissions, reducing water and energy use or developing more sustainable technologies and products.
Ceres is also working with investors, Wall Street analysts, credit rating agencies and other financial firms to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities into day-to-day decision-making.
Research, Education and Thought Leadership
Ceres produces cutting-edge reports on wide-ranging sustainability topics, including global water scarcity risks, challenges from unconventional oil extraction, corporate climate change strategies, and regulatory/policy-related analyses.Theiur reports highlight key sustainability risks in the global economy and define new standards and corporate/investor best practices for responding.See more