Ceres

Rating: 4.87 stars   45 reviews

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Location: 99 Chauncy Street 6th Floor Boston MA 02111 USA

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.
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Rating: 5 stars  

As founder and chair of the small non profit company Budgets of Care Limited I have both used the example of, and information from, CERES to grow our influence and understanding within our own community.

I am particularly delighted with CERES influence on many large investor organisations and how they encourage the use of capital for the betterment of businesses throughout the world.

They are certainly one of the most important forces that is help bringing about what Tellus calls the "Great Transition".

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I am an unpaid lobbyist for nuclear energy, and watched Ceres, Mindy Lubber, hosting the UN Climate Investor Summit 2015. The conference was well organised with experts in climate science, insurance risk and fiduciary duty - to name a few. Discussing divestment from fossil fuel as a means to mitigate climate change from rising carbon emissions. Moreover, the conference was but one of a series of many more to come, so that governments of the world will not only recognise carbon emissions must be reduced, but commit to investment in 'clean' technologies such as nuclear energy, hydro, solar, and battery storage. Moreover, the conference addressed the need for global inequality and the need for poor countries to be funded for their economies and standard of living to improve. The link to watch this event - part 1 & 2. http://www.ceres.org/investor-network/investor-summit --- A vote of support for Ceres is essentially, a vote to save the planet, a vote for clean air, a vote for your children's, children. There are many worthy non-profits out there that need support. If there were one specifically for Ebola, that would be a global priority as well. But now, we need most of the worlds cooperation and it is Ceres who has managed to pull together most of the worlds attention. Time is not on our side, and if Ceres didn't already exist, the world is be serious trouble. Make our home, Earth, your first priority. People all over the world need their help - and that's what they are more than capable of giving. Sincerely, d'O'yle

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Rating: 5 stars  

This year was my first Ceres conference (Boston) and I was very impressed with the quality and relevance of the programming, the speakers, the calibre of the attendees, indeed, the number of attendees, and the amenities. (Food choices were exceptional.) I learned a great deal, including really important information about what's happening in my own state (Texas), that is generally unknown round these parts! The Ceres approach to addressing climate change leverages one of the greatest influencers known to humankind: economics. That, combined with an underlying philosophy of commitment to environmentalism and sustainability, will be a winning ticket to get the all important corporate buy-in and participation.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I met Mindy Lubber, President of Ceres 10 years ago at an Investor's Circle Conference and was thrilled to know that a non-profit was focusing on not only educating but engaging the investment community on the financial risks of climate change as well as how to create a more sustainable economy that
works for everyone.

Up to that time I had never heard of any organization, be it non-profit or for profit that was working on this issue.

I believe Ceres is one of the most important and vital NGO's in today's world, we should all support Ceres!

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CERES is without a doubt one of the most progressive and effective organizations out there with global sustainability as its focus. With innovative approaches towards affecting positive change to complex problems, such as mobilizing the insurance industry in an effort to address climate change, CERES serves as a model for others to follow. Their dedication, talent, and experience starts at the top, but without a doubt ties throughout the entire organization.

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Life-changing

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2012

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Ceres is absolutely one of the most effective, business-oriented non-profits doing work today. Their savvy solutions orientation and their skillfulness in engaging in various strategic contexts makes them a standout group.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would encourage them to apply their focus on public policy with the same degree to effort to consumer engagement.

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Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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