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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment

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

Results: 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.”

Programs: 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.

Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of Ceres for seven years, or in other words, since I have had kids and begun to grow increasingly concerned about the future of our planet--for their sakes, if not my own. Ceres has given me a hopeful and inspiring outlet for addressing my concerns by investing in their success. I have been so impressed by Ceres' mission and vision, as well as the organization's professional and on point communications. Their goal of building coalitions is inspiring, and their advocacy for climate sustainability as an economic and equity issue, along with an environmental issue, is totally compelling.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The causes the organisation takes on are so pertinent and so timely. It is refreshing to see an organisation who is right where the action need to take place and is doing it. They have chosen the path of constructive and collaborative advocacy versus confrontational advocacy. I think it is a lot more effective !

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The most valuable organization for investors focusing on sustainability issues.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ceres is the leading force to advocate, define and promote environmentally sensitive and sustainable business practices. They do so not as outside critics but as shareholder-representatives who collectively have an affirmative basis to benefit from the outcome. And they work without the fanfare that is often associated with social change. Ceres sets the standard for allowing both institutional and retail investors the luxury of sleeping at night, knowing their invested dollars are working to promote sustainable business solutions, fight climate change, and control pollution, and that this is being done around the clock, on evenings, weekends, and the Forth of July. Thank you Ceres for your leadership.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Ceres for years has been a leading voice and force in (1) contributing to raising the level and bar on serious discussion and debate on the causes and consequences of climate change and their relationship to institutional -commercial/industrial, residential, government, etc.- practices, particularly with regard to the production and use of energy and resources in general; and (2) mobilizing interested parties in business, finance/investment to speak out collectively and act in the local, national and international arenas

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ceres is taking on the world's great issues of sustainability, climate change, water shortage, even balanced living. It's hard to imagine more bang for our donative buck. Bringing together far-sighted investors (with trillions of dollars under management) and well-meaning corporate executives (in a broad range of global industries), Ceres represents the beginning of a new model of mindful business.

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seymour 10/26/2015

Thank you for providing this positive endorsement. We are grateful for your support.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ceres has worked hard to bring game changing vision to thought leaders in finance and industry who can make a difference in the right management of environmental, economic, and social issues. By bringing together diverse contributors to an improved global environment, Ceres is helping to accelerate positive change. Keep up the great work !

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seymour 10/26/2015

Thank you for the strong endorsement and encouragement!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The reports on Ceres website and their news alerts are very up to date and very much on the relevant topics to make our world more sustainable.

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seymour 10/26/2015

We're glad to hear that this content is helpful. Thank you.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ceres has done more to move capital towards climate solutions than any organization anywhere. They also know how to make companies partners in the cause.

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seymour 10/26/2015

Thank you for this positive feedback.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been developing a career at the cross section of sustainability and business for a few years. Throughout my engagement in the field, Ceres has continually been touted as one of the most effective organizations driving change toward a more sustainable global economy. Because of their reputation, I recently pursued an opportunity to join the Ceres team. After only a short time with the organization I can say that it is composed of an energetic and inspiring group. I am proud to be a part of the Ceres' team!

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seymour 10/26/2015

and we are grateful to have you on staff

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ceres work with Corporations, especially investors, is playing a unique role in the Climate transition to Clean Energy. Bringing the risks of continued investment in long-term fossil infrastructure and resources is one of the most important approaches to creating this change … change that requires doing things in a very different way.

Ceres work is unique and incredibly important.