• Organization TypeAdvocacy NGO
  • Staff26-50
  • Development Budget5 Million - 25 Million
  • HeadquartersUnited States
  • Founded1989


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 COALITION 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.  COMPANY NETWORK 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.  INVESTOR NETWORK 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.
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26Current jobs
251Total posted jobs

Job openings over the past year

Examples of past jobs

  • Associate: Climate Action
    United States, United States
  • Senior Manager, Corporate Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    United States
  • Associate, Company Network
    United States
  • Associate: Food and Forests
    United States

Staff at Ceres have experience in


  • development
  • farming / crops
  • monitoring / evaluation
  • events / training
  • local government


  • ec


  • united states
  • bangladesh
  • south africa
  • zimbabwe
  • ghana


  • managerial experience
  • business development
  • experience in recruitment
  • international experience
  • with experience in conflict areas

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Company Offices

  • United States
  • 6960 Professional Parkway E
  • United States (headquarters)
  • Boston
  • 99 Chauncy Street, 6th Floor
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  • Sarasota
  • 6968 Professional Parkway East
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  • Houston
  • 9945 Windfern Road
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  • Minneapolis
  • 3825 85th Ave North
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  • San Francisco
  • 212 Sutter Street, 2nd Floor