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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment

Mission: Ceres is transforming the economy to build a sustainable future for people and the planet.

Results: Ceres’ unique theory of change is to move investors, companies, policymakers and other capital market influencers to take action on four global sustainability challenges: climate change, water scarcity and pollution, inequitable workplaces and outdated capital market systems. Ceres was founded in 1989 in response to the Exxon Valdez oil spill by a group of forward-looking investors and environmentalists who had a vision for a better way of doing business. Led by Joan Bavaria, these investors began to re-evaluate the role and responsibility of companies as stewards of the environment and agents of economic and social change. Over the years, Ceres has built influential networks of investors, companies and nonprofit organizations that have grown exponentially in size, scope of work and depth of engagement. Equipping these leaders with science-based research and innovative tools on sustainability risks and opportunities and deploying them, Ceres has created a powerful formula for transforming the global economy. Today, with more than 30 years of leadership and proven results, Ceres is more confident than ever in the business case for sustainability. Investors and companies that integrate sustainability into decision-making outperform their peers, because sustainability is the bottom line.

Programs: Through powerful networks, Ceres works with influential investors and companies to integrate sustainability practices into core business strategies and seize the opportunities embedded in the clean energy economy. The Ceres Investor Network includes more than 170 institutional investors, managing more than $26 trillion in assets, advancing leading investment practices, corporate engagement strategies, and key policy and regulatory solutions. The Ceres Company Network comprises 50+ companies, nearly 75 percent of them Fortune 500 firms, setting the highest bar for sustainability leadership. Through direct stakeholder engagement, standard-setting, regular benchmarking, and strong collaborations, Ceres moves companies to raise their ambition on robust sustainability goals and improve resiliency in their operations and supply chains. The Ceres Policy Network comprises 50+ companies, including dozens of leading consumer brands and Fortune 500s, advocating for strong climate, clean energy and water policies at the state and federal levels. In the wake of President Trump’s announcement of his intent to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement, we helped launch and grow the “We Are Still In” movement into a coalition of more than 3500 investors, companies, mayors, governors, college president and other leaders committed to U.S. action on climate change. Ceres' Nonprofit Network includes 90+ environmental, labor, religious and investor nonprofit organizations that elevate the role of the advocacy community in driving business leadership on sustainability risks and opportunities.

Community Stories

169 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ceres is one of the most important and most successful climate NGOs in the country. Their work organizing investors and companies to measure and prepare for climate risk, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and advocate for climate transparency in financial transactions has helped align private markets with the carbon-free future we need if we are going to survive as a human species.I staff the Boston Green Ribbon Commission, a CEO network supporting the implementation of the City of Boston's climate action plan. Mindy Lubber, the Ceres CEO, serves on the Commission. Our work in Boston makes clear the scope and scale of change that is required to successfully meeting climate adaptation and mitigation challenges. The work Ceres is doing is critical to our success.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ceres has been very effective in advocating for low-carbon solutions to climate change by helping the financial industry see the economic value of low-C energy, green-building and efficiency. They shined a light on the failings of our financial decisions that focus on a narrow bottom line that does not put value on "externalities" like a safe climate, low pollution and health. The Ceres "scorecards" on the fossil fuel industry and others created a transparent way to evaluate which companies were moving towards sustainability and which were not. Ceres has led the way in NextGen economics on sustainability to help decisionmakers find win-win solutions that benefit Social, Environmental and Economic factors. Financial decisions drive change - and Ceres is creating a new way to make those into better and more holistic decisions.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I have been following Ceres for some time now and recognize the importance of non-profit organizations like Ceres are essential if we are to see systemic change in America.

Naomi S.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ceres does an excellent job of bringing science-backed information to both practice and academia. They are a tremendous resource.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I leverage Ceres in many ways. First, CEO Mindy Lubber is a true visionary leader and compelling inspiration. Whenever the challenge becomes daunting, I habitually lean into Mindy's writing or one of her many presentations. Next, Ceres is on the cutting edge of science and economics. Without Ceres, our corporate objective will become more difficult to achieve.

Paula D.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Love what Ceres has done, what it is doing, and their vision for the future.

Thank you Ceres!

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Donor

Rating: 5

CERES tops my list for annual donations because they are working with big corporations to deal with climate change. Without changes in corporate awareness and behavior, economic issues usually prevail over human issues. During this pandemic, CERES has been offering many informative virtual programs to spread the word, including addressing our national racism issue. It comforts me to know CERES is out there doing such good work.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our organizations have worked together to spread the word about the important work Ceres is doing to get business and investors to focus on climate change and social justice. The work Ceres does in working to influence legislators and the business community is critically important when we have such a short amount of time to reverse the dangerous trends associated with climate change.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For three decades plus, investors, NGOs, civil society leadership, corporate leadership, and other players working to make progress in key areas of public policy management, have relied on Ceres for empirical research, leadership on critical issues (such as addressing inequality, protection of the planet & people & resources), shared perspectives on shareholder activism, and more. Ceres is a critical catalyst for making progress on these and other issues that help to determine society's way forward. Ceres is an important meeting ground for engagement on societal issues for investors, companies, NGOs and other players. Ceres is "a given" - these players and others know the importance of the organization to their own mission, strategies and programs.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

They can use some work on their recruiting: they never acknowledge interest, applicants or the time people take to apply. Yet - they have plenty of time to send fundraising materials and similar correspondence.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I count on CERES to be a trusted source for news regarding sustainable business practices. Their newsletters are invaluable.

Advisor

Rating: 4

Nothing at the moment. We are in the future to do.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ceres has helped me with a lot of Sustainability related information, which has been very valuable in the development of my professional career.

Client Served

Rating: 5

CERES is one of the most significant voices in the climate policy space. Whether it is spearheading efforts at the federal government level with their LEAD on Climate days, or strategically building state level relationships to impact significant policy change, CERES is always our go to organization for partnership. The are one of the most sought after organizations for insights on climate policy for companies, other NGO's and trade associations. Our membership with CERES is invaluable to our climate advocacy.

Donor

Rating: 5

An international leader in innovative support for sustainability. Literally "the best in the business"...

James T.5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ceres takes the passion and best intentions of environmental non-profits and marries it with the practical approach and power of investors to drive real change. The scale of their impact is FAR greater than you would expect for an organization of their size because they work with investors who are a key lever of change. Proud to be a supporter and as a sustainability and climate change consultant I use impactful tools from Ceres like the "Climate and Sustainability Shareholder Resolutions Database" frequently in my professional career as well. A really top-notch nonprofit.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ceres hosts regular webinars which are sometimes free on a variety of sustainability topics for investors, companies, policymakers and anyone interested in building a more sustainable global economy. I have been invited to a number of webinars that I think is very engaging and inclusive. I have also had the privilege of engaging with their staff who are very friendly and supportive.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

While a respected, science & business driven NGO with an international following, CERES is amore influential advocate in Boston, working with major local corporations ad partner NGOs on state and regional climate issues. Congratulations to them.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

"Prize C.I.T.A. of YPF and Rural Society" for the work of environment.International and Silicon Valley jurors.It is to use recovered resources

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ceres is an excellent organization doing important work with companies and investors to tackle the biggest sustainability challenges. I continue to be impressed with Ceres' vision and impact.

John J.8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In Europe, whenever there is a TV newsfeed un the USA, it's predominantly on politics, bullying, etc. About how polluted the US environment is.

Hardly ever about initiatives like Ceres. I find it inspiring, useful tools, and hope that we citizens of the world can find common ground to work & live together. Irrespective of background or nationality,

Client Served

Rating: 5

CERES provide high quality information, promote (and drive) accountability and advocacy across the investment and business sectors. They are unique in bringing investors, business and civil society together while remaining independent enough to highlight bad/misaligned behavior through their excellent research and databases. While US based and focused their work is globally significant and highly influential (I write this from Australia!).

Arunkumar J.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Ceres is a prudential organization that drives various solutions throughout the economy contributing to society. Being a CEO of a similar NGO "Sustainable Solutionz"
http://www.sustainablesolutionz.org/
it's a privilege to recommend them to be a "Top-Rated NonProfit” organization.
All the Best Ceres!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been impressed at the outward facing strategy Ceres is helping to create through its leadership in this space, through their research and campaigns. Their website is v useful and their communications are informative. More and more people are referencing Ceres's work across a number of fields, demonstrating their growing influence

Donor

Rating: 5

I like the fact that the organization is science-based and also believable to the average person.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CERES has pioneered areas of work that would not otherwise exist. They play a pivotal role in moving companies and investors to take action towards a more sustainable future.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i receive regular news stories and research from Ceres that keeps me informed of sustainability, natural resource and other issues important to me. i scan news, research and other sites, taking in the full spectrum of information to keep myself up to speed, but there is no other feed that combines science and policy like Ceres. Without this nonprofit, i would feel less informed and less able to contribute in policy and public forums that grapple with these issues.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent sustainability research and support with engaging companies that are exposed to deforestation. Very high level of technical expertise throughout.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hi, i am Abdullah from Brunei. I received news every now and then from Ceres, n i pray hard for all of u . Thank u to make so much effort to contribute n fight for climate change policy. Keep it up, we need u-Ceres

Donor

Rating: 5

Ceres is the #1 leader in driving the global capital markets to support the Paris Agreement (limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius) through its Investor Network which includes over 170 institutional investors managing more than $26 trillion in assets.

Relatedly, Ceres has been very effective at the state level such as successful lobbying in support of the ground-breaking SB-100 legislation in California. As a results of its efforts (and others), full carbon neutrality by 2045 is now the goal for the world’s fifth largest economy (California).

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

If you're looking to improve climate outcomes, Ceres is simply the best team to bet on.

nstuck

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Ceres through my organization, as well as contributed to them personally. They are doing incredible work around sustainability and working hard to create positive change through advocacy. They keep us up-to-date on what's happening in areas that we care about and everyone we've interacted with is wonderful!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

You never get tired
Your passion does not fade
You try to keep a global perspective

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ceres is a thought leader and highly influencial voice in advocating for business transformation to address climate change and support regulatory policies that protect the environment. Ceres has galvanized investors to demand sustainability and transparency and has led ground-breaking campaigns like We Mean Business and We're All In to inspire private and public sector action in the face of federal government abdication of responsibility. Under Mindy Lubber's stellar leadership Ceres continues to make a big difference.

Holly T.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ceres provides us with tremendous research, organizational tools and networking opportunities that are essential to our work as an investment manager advocating for climate action. We consider it to be one of our most valuable memberships, and our work would be more difficult and less effective without their dedicated work and deep expertise on the many interrelated issues impacting climate change.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ceres plays a unique role in accelerating capital market solutions to address the most urgent issues facing us as a global society, including climate change and resource scarcity. As an investor, we rely on Ceres for its thought leadership, expertise, and convening power. Whether supporting investor engagement, policy change, or using its own access and influence to advance sustainable business integration at major corporations, Ceres continues to punch above its weight.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ceres has been a major moving force behind climate change making a transition from being a "non-financial" issue to most company boards to being something they must understand and manage. Getting any new issue into a boardroom is a difficult and time-consuming thing, but Ceres was equal to it, launching the Climate Action 100+, encouraging other shareholder engagement on climate change, publishing The 21st Century Corporation and its ancillary reports, and publishing several reports on integrating climate (and other sustainability issues ) into fiduciary duty and boardroom management. If we do succeed in keeping emissions below the catastrophic path they're on now, Ceres will be long remembered as one of the enablers of that.

Donor

Rating: 5

The work Ceres is doing is truly moving the needle on our most pressing climate issues. It’s hard to point to many other Organizations that have been as successful in engaging and motivating the Private Sector in a such a meaningful and results driven way.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ceres has grown into and remains an essential part - consciousness, awareness and realizing of responsibilities - of our collective movement forward towards achieving long-term intended financial AND non-financial outcomes from our investments and actions.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We wanted to increase our donations to environmental nonprofits and asked some professionals in the environmental area to suggest the most effective environmental nonprofits. Ceres was highly recommended. Also, my husband had worked with Ceres to improve the environmental commitment at Wells Fargo and had been very impressed with the group. Thus, we added Ceres to our donation list, attended a fantastic Ceres conference in San Francisco and, last weekend, hosted an event for Ceres to share their work on sustainability with our community.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Ceres does important work to mobilize capital and change how we measure financial performance so that we may solve our planet's most pressing issues

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ceres is absolutely crucial to support our engagement work investors seeking to change corporate environmental and social practices .

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Since its inception, Ceres staff have provided skilled and knowledgeable expertise and advice to enhance engagement of corporations by socially responsible investors. With their help, faith-based investors such as the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) secured agreements from numerous companies to provide comprehensive and transparent reporting on their environmental performance, increase their use of renewable and efficient energy to reduce their carbon footprint, and exert leadership in their sectors to drive other companies to match their achievements. Beyond this technical help, Ceres has been a thought leader in galvanizing analysis of critical issues such as water use, land and forest stewardship, global climate change and ESG performance into investment decisions.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ceres has always stayed on top of the relevant and pressing environment and community issues and have articulated the issues in ways the greater masses can relate to it and make the right decisions in voting for better options in the public and private arena. I am impressed with quality and commitment of the people who work for Ceres and the values the organization promotes.

Randy S.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Their BICEP work in getting corporations to be advocates for climate action has been groundbreaking.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ceres is a great partner in advancing education and action around sustainable business and investing.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hi,

I'd like to nominate Ceres for consideration as a "Top Rated Non-profit Organization."
In addition to having my complete support for their global investment approach to curbing CO2 emissions and promoting sustainable development, they are equally impressive on the personal level

My son is a mechanical engineering major with a sustainability minor at Villanova University. He is currently seeking an internship with a focus on sustainability for the summer of 2019.
I sent an e-mail request to Alba Muñoz Saiz, who manages the Ceres Company Network asking for a list of companies in the network. Her response was fast, friendly and thorough! My son is now pursuing an internship with a number of companies on the list. And, he has shared the list with many of his classmates as well as friends in schools around the country.

The people at Ceres are making a tremendous impact globally and they take the time to make a difference locally! Ceres is a top-Rated Non-Profit in my book!

Bruce Norfleet, Ceres Member
Hillsborough, NJ

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ceres pushes the envelope when it comes to climate change for investors. They have gathered one of the most powerful coalition of investors and are helping define the future of investments in a world of changing climate.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was a long-term business partner and now am an individual supporter of Ceres. Long before most institutions saw the important role of business in establishing a low carbon economy, Ceres recognized that companies were essential to this effort and worked to build a coalition of businesses, NGO’s and policy makers. That ability to envision the future and bring together all the key players continues to be a core strength for Ceres today. Another important role that Ceres plays is to keep all of the members honest about what they are doing and their potential to do more. Accountability and integrity are guiding principles of the organization and we all benefit from their outstanding work.

Ross M.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Ceres has been a great partner in outreach to businesses and investors relating to climate, clean energy, and sustainability issues. In my work with a regional non-profit, ClimateSolutions, we identified Ceres as our ideal partner to build a strong network of business leaders who care about action on climate change. This partnership was incredibly successful, resulting in hundreds of business leaders signing up for a pledge, and ongoing networks promoting strong policy in both Oregon and Washington state. Ceres staff were always helpful, prompt, and a pleasure to work with. We are now exploring options to deepen our partnership in our region.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ceres provides great content and subject matter expertise. I've used many of Ceres' tools, including the Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability to help clients implement and integrate sustainable business practices.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ceres partnered with Horizon18 and helped the founding partners World Climate Limited, NECEC and MassCEC to promote the two day clean economy conference. Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderfully helpful organization that's very well plugged into its communities. The leaders are highly regarded as subject matter experts and speak often at various events.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ceres is a one of a kind non profit bringing together environmental science and business sectors. They serve a critical role in areas of economics and investments.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ceres, specifically Anne Kelly, has been wonderful to work with in the new energy space. From credible insights to meaningful market perspectives, the Ceres team has aided in our efforts to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We are not even members yet, but Ceres has been there for us every step of the way, simply because the shared vision and beliefs take precedence. It’s an organization that doesn’t stray from its core values, not every company that pays can be a member of their business council. The vision to reduce or carbon footprint and drive sustainable future for corporations and people alike is something the organization never loses sight of. The group’s ability to push forward and innovate to bring such a future never ceases to amaze me.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I read "Accelerating Investment in Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure" report by CERES, which had lots of very useful insights on EV Charging topic and helped in our analysis of its perspective.

I really appreciate all the work on the clean energy topics they do.

Donor

Rating: 5

Ceres is leading the way in transforming business for a sustainable future. They effectively guide companies to build sustainability into their longterm plans, showing America's high worth companies that climate-conscious decisions make the best sense financially.

Working with the folks at Ceres has been an absolute pleasure!

Eric_Zimmerman

Donor

Rating: 5

Ceres deploys our (modest) financial support to influence the behavior of some of the world's largest investors. These investors, in turn, encourage sustainable and socially responsible business practices on the part of large companies and their entire supply chains. If ever there were an opportunity to gain leverage from a non-profit contribution, Ceres is it.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The team at Ceres does a remarkable job of leveraging the modest financial support our company provides by influencing large investors. These investors, in turn, influence large companies and capital markets to drive the change we seek. I feel like every dollar we invest in Ceres gets us a 1,000-fold return.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I reached out to Ceres for a project I'm developing on sustainble finance in Africa; to see if they know interesting financials. They reacted very positive and are helping me to set up a new platform in 2019.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ceres continues to play a vital role in convening and supporting major investors and corporations to accelerate their action on climate change and other sustainability priorities. As a major investment company this is highly valued and appreciated!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am happy to share a touchstone of the many wonderful experiences that I have had with Ceres.

As shareholder advocates, we have benefited from their expertise in all aspects of climate change, water, fracking and other environmental issues. Ceres provides the deep knowledge needed to be able to address the corporate systems that are lax or slow to move beyond compliance.
Ceres is truly a leader on all aspects of the environment.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CERES fills a critical role, addressed by very few other non-profits, in educating individuals and corporations about strategies to address climate change resilience. CERES convenes what otherwise might be strange bedfellows, in forums to gather corporations, the mission driven investment sector, and lay people to discuss issues and solutions.

Brittany P.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Ceres is a fantastic company that truly cares about what they are fighting for. When I donated to them, they were so personable that they even gave me a personal phone call and sent me a thank you letter! I truly believe in their mission and know they will go on to do even bigger things.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a graduate of Vermont Law School's Environmental Law & Policy program, I have had the opportunity to dig deep into some of the world's leading climate issues. I can truly say that Ceres is an organization that goes above and beyond at finding climate solutions!