Ceres

Rating: 4.9 stars   69 reviews

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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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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Ceres is phenomenal source of information and an advocate for some of the most important issues today facing business and our planet.

 
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Thank you!

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I've long been impressed by the dedication and vision of the Ceres team -- but seeing it in action at its annual conference moved my admiration and enthusiasm to another level altogether.
The provocative and well-researched presentations and panels, along with the creativity and positive energy buzzing in the room, the depth of practical knowledge, and the vision and hard work to create coalitions across challenging divides--inspiring mix of vision and know-how!

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

So glad to hear that you were able to make the Conference—and of course, that it was impressive! We will continue to strategize about how to make it the best possible experience for all attendees. Thanks for taking the time to do this review.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

What could be more important than businesses and investors looking at the long term and making choices that conserve the resources? Every child knows you don’t kill the goose that lays the golden egg. Ceres is doing an outstanding job of helping financial leaders incorporate sustainability into their plans.

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you for this strong review.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Among non-profits Ceres has become the indispensable player in pushing environmental awareness among investors and businesses. No group has done more to move the issues of climate change and sustainability to the center of corporate consciousness.

 
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We are grateful for your positive review, thank you.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I read the news. Results speak. Investment groups with trillions of $, coordinated by Ceres, seek carbon-friendly investments. Sometimes, CERES coordinates statements by dozens to hundreds of businesses, calling for action to slow climate change. Businesses such as large banks are changing their thinking about investing in fossil fuels, partly was a result of CERES.

 
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I love the line "results speak." It takes years of behind-the-scenes work to get the point where Ceres' successes are news stories. This public recognition is important; thank you for helping to share it far and wide.

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

it's ok but it could be a lot more better and a whole lot easier. I mean it could be a whole lot easier if this website had a toolbar so we can search what we're looking for easily and quickly and it would be easier for us to just type something into the search tool bar and go right to where we're going

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

add a toolbar to it

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2015

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Hi Joseph - Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. I'd like to learn more about what you mean by it could be better and easier so that we can improve. Is there a specific part of our programmatic work that you are referencing? Do you have thoughts on what could be changed? Please feel free to reach out to me directly - Barbara Seymour at seymout@ceres.og.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Ceres has a series of Declarations, the original one signed by many of our nation's leading corporations stating the need to deal with climate change. About 1500 corporations have now signed, demonstrating that many in the business world endorse dealing with climate change issues. Very helpful!

 
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We're glad to hear that the Ceres Climate Declaration is making a difference. Thank you.

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Rating: 5 stars  

All companies and governments around the globe need to understand that adopting environmentally sustainable business practices is critical to their bottom line. Ceres is the leader in advocating for these ideals.

 
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Thank you for taking the time to post this review.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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