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Mobilize investor and business leadership to build a thriving, sustainable global economy.


Ceres has achieved dramatic results our 20-plus year history, most recently including: In August 2012, Ceres helped to achieve a truly historic strengthening in fuel economy standards for cars and light-duty trucks sold in the United States. By 2025, vehicle fleets will need to average 54.5 miles per gallon, nearly double the level of today. This milestone rule is a win-win-win for consumers, the economy, and U.S. job creation. Ceres played a pivotal role in mobilizing business and investor support for the rule and in publishing reports demonstrating the job creation benefits of higher fuel economy standards. In September, Ceres mobilized more than 18 companies, including major consumer brands and several Fortune 500 firms, to write a letter to Congress urging the renewal of the Production Tax Credit for renewable energy. Ceres is unique in its ability to convene such a strong force of Fortune 500 companies to weigh in favor of this important measure. The strong message from these companies, many of which are members of Ceres’ BICEP program (Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy) demonstrates how a broad cross-section of U.S. companies are already relying on inexpensive and abundant American wind energy to power their businesses. Also this fall, Ceres published a groundbreaking report on the vulnerability of the insurance industry to climate change. Ceres has identified the insurance industry as a key potential driver of change, because of the “double jeopardy” it faces. The industry is reeling from record losses ($32 billion in 2011 alone) due to extreme weather events that are increasingly exacerbated by climate change. And with more than $23 million in assets globally, insurers are also exposed to climate risk in their investment portfolios. With our reports and other pressure, Ceres aims to waken the sleeping giant of the insurance industry and spur it to take bold leadership action on climate change—action that will have reverberations throughout the economy. Finally, in 2012, Ceres was named by Philanthropedia, a project of the charity watchdog group Guidestar, as one of the top 10 nonprofit organizations in the country working to combat climate change. Ceres is honored to be recognized for our unique approach to climate change issues: bringing together businesses, investors, and policymakers to build a healthy global economy. Among the comments of the 121 expert reviewers in the climate change field who participated in Philanthropedia’s survey: Ceres was admired for its “clarity of purpose,” “definitive niche,” and “very clear view of what is required to drive change.”


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. To accomplish our goals, we 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 our reliance on fossil fuels while transitioning to a clean energy economy. Ceres is uniquely situated at the nexus of the business, investment and advocacy communities. Drawing on the expertise of the Ceres Coalition, we convene and direct stakeholder engagements with Ceres network companies to find smart strategies and meaningful performance improvements on key environmental and social issues. Our unique engagement model features diverse teams of credible, external stakeholders that provide ongoing input to companies on policies, strategies, disclosure and bottom-line performance. 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. 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. Our reports highlight key sustainability risks in the global economy and define new standards and corporate/investor best practices for responding.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Ceres is driving the agenda on corporate sustainability practices from managing commodity and supply chain risks to mobilizing businesses and investors to take practical steps to address climate change. Ceres has earned investors' and business leaders' trust and attention in a remarkable way and the leadership has shown they are invested in expanding the organization's impact and capacity to drive change.

I consulted with Ceres for several years advising on technology and digital marketing strategy.

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I worked closely with Ceres for several years. They have a uniquely important mission to drive sustainable business practices among businesses, financial organizations and other non-profits to influence global sustainability outcomes and reduce the effects of climate change. They obtain hugely significant outcomes because of their leadership and influence among these different constituents. Just this past week, they brought leading consumer companies including Kellogg's, Nike, Bloomberg and General Mills to the table to sign the White House's American Business Act on Climate Pledge.

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Thanks, Jane! Hope you saw Mindy's latest blog—http://www.ceres.org/press/blog-posts/big-business-steps-up-on-climate-change

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I worked as a volunteer at Ceres for two years. They are an incredibly influential organization with a unique ability to drive systemic change in corporate behavior and the financial markets. Ceres' leadership and expertise has resulted in significant improvements in the sustainability efforts of its corporate members and the many large financial institutions of its Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR). Through its efforts with other non-profits and its BICEP program, it has influenced legislation at all levels. There is no other non-profit with the unique focus and reach of Ceres.

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Ceres understands that to implement change and build a more sustainable world, the best path to do that is through business, one of the most powerful forces on the planet. I appreciate their systemic approach to the problem, working with numerous parties in the economic system - businesses, investors, other NGO's, and policy makers. This gives them a unique lens and a unique ability to move business forward in a way that other, more "activist" NGO's can't do. They have high ideals of a more sustainable world, combined with a practical approach that works.

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We couldn't have said it better. Thank you!

Rating: 4 stars  

In June 2013, Ceres came to Toronto, Canada to run a first ever workshop to bring together the insurance industry and many infrastructure providers to develop a better understanding of how to manage risks associated with climate change. This was a highly effective meeting which resulted in new communication amongst stakeholders and at least one major specific initiative, which is an agreement to develop resilient buidling guidelines. The staff were very professional in their work and as a City of Toronto staff member working on the issue of resilience to extreme weather associated with climate change, I would be quick to collaborate with Ceres again on the climate resilience issue as it affects Toronto.

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I have been fortunate to be involved with Ceres since its inception, watching the organization grow from humble beginnings in shared office space to its position of global influence today. Through that entire period, all the people with whom I've dealt inside Ceres have been deeply committed to the group's mission, sharply focused on the its success, and profoundly supportive of other organizations with related goals. I look forward to continuing my association with Ceres in the coming years.

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