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.
Ever since Rachel Carson's Silent Spring sparked my awareness of the harm humans do to our environment and as a result harm to all of us I have done as much as possible to help bring about positive changes to reduce and hopefully end all manner of harm we as a people are doing to our planet and ourselves.
I have found in Ceres a valuable partner who helping myself and many others make positive changes happen that so important, especially in these times where the Doomsday Clock has moved perilously so close to the midnight mark.
It is noteworthy that Ceres is one that backs up it talk by walking the walk in their monthly donations to other worthy organizations that is fueling important positive changes.
Ceres has been a leader providing analysis and networking on issues of climate change and environmental protection and clean energy for a very long time. They deserve acknowledgement for being an effective non-profit leader.
They publish incorrect information in the guise of sounding sustainable and making companies look bad to raise money. They do not interact with stake holders and then publish false information. I would not trust any document this NGO published.
By business is built on sustainability. Without Ceres and the fact that they offer a place for me to connect with other like-minded people and entities to facilitate change, I would have to research this entire industry myself; very frustrating, time-consuming and non-profitable. Ceres allows me to cut to the chase and immediately work on facilitating changes that affect us all. We are all about change and I am proud to be a part of the network of change makers Ceres has created.
I Follow them closely and their goodwill and success during their work with the Istanbul Stock Exchange was amazing
I have been involved with Ceres for several years, and am a big believer in their approach to addressing climate change. They have a unique and effective view, working with businesses, investors, nonprofits, and policy makers. No other organization approaches this critical issue through this lens, and as a result they are extremely effective.
For years I've been struck by the energy of Ceres campaigns to link investors with leaders in environmental research and advocacy. Add to that the one-of-a-kind Ceres collaborations with the United Nations: Investor Summits on Climate Risk creating a new global network of leaders in and out of government.
Ceres has been an instrumental voice and advocate for the Paris Climate Agreement. They built support from the business and investor community to effectively change the debate about how taking action on climate will affect the global economy and brought the business voice to the forefront of the debate. In addition, Ceres is mobilizing business support for the U.S. Clean Power Plan and state-wide renewable energy standards that will help the U.S. meet it's obligations under the Paris Agreement. Ceres is the only nonprofit I'm aware of that is effectively building business and investor support to take global action on climate change -- and it's imperative that we have business on our side if we want to solve this global crisis. Cheers to Ceres!
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.
I learned about Ceres when I was active in the campaign to divest the NYC pension funds. I read up and learned how much Ceres information we were using. I read a great deal of the Ceres information and called the office of our NYC Comptroller. Their lead person called me back and as he answered my many questions, i realized he was confirming my suspicion that we had more to gain by remaining invested. I put together a panel discussion and the Comptroller's office helped me get a Ceres person to come down from Boston to participate. Needless to say I got thrown out of 350.NYC. I now donate annually to Ceres. I like adult solutions.
Ceres is awesome in every imaginable way and has done incredible work for many, many years! They have inspired me to further commit myself to climate action and found organizations modeled after theirs. I cannot say enough good things about them!
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 !
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.
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.
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
Ceres is phenomenal source of information and an advocate for some of the most important issues today facing business and our planet.
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!
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.
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.
Thank you for providing this positive endorsement. We are grateful for your support.
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.
Thank you for this strong review.
I serve on a number of national boards and support a wide variety of non profits. Ceres is the organization that I think is having the biggest impact bar none. They are changing the way major businesses and investors work and that changes the way our economy functions. I am very proud to actively participate on their tremendous board and assist their incredibly talented and strategic team in accomplishing these hug and crucial goals of a sustainable economy.
Our Board is a huge part of our impact. Thank you for your service!
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.
We are grateful for your positive review, thank you.
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.
We couldn't have said it better. Thank you!
Getting major businesses on board to address climate change is a very powerfull strategy that helps fill the gap left by out impotent federal legislators
This success is only possible with the support of donors like you—thank you!
CERES provides leadership to companies and investors in changing our trajectory on climate change. They are activists with a strong pro-climate point of view, but have earned the respect of institutions that direct much of our nation's capital. They are a lean organization and stretch every dollar. In the "ring of public opinion" they punch far above their weight.
. . . and it's our donors that make this possible. Thank you for your support.
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.
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.
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 !
Thank you for the strong endorsement and encouragement!
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
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 email@example.com.
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!
We're glad to hear that the Ceres Climate Declaration is making a difference. Thank you.
Ceres is a powerful agent for change; tackling one of the most pressing issues facing our world. A great ROI for philanthropy.
Thank you for the awesome review—and your support!
Ceres is playing an invaluable role in mobilizing business, investors, and the public to act on environmental issues and shift capital towards a sustainable economy.
Thank you for your partnership.
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.
Thank you for this positive feedback.
I had the privilege of working for Ceres for more than 6 years. Ceres is truly one of a kind--working with companies and investors to fundamentally shift the capital markets.
Thank you. Our stellar staff is, of course, the driver of our success.
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.
Thank you for taking the time to post this review.
Ceres punches above its weight.. Its proven ability to change multi national companies and large investors/investment firms to integrate sustainability into all that they do, is quite impressive.
Thank you. Our stellar Board is a big part of our success.
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!
and we are grateful to have you on staff
I was very fortunate to work at Ceres for 2+ years on the Foundation team. In that role I worked with the highly talented staff across multiple program areas. I have never met a more dedicated, passionate, curious group of people who are completely committed to the cause of creating a sustainable global economy. Ceres leverages its strong relationships with investors and companies to advance meaningful water, climate and human rights goals. And every time they achieve a success, they set their sites on the next, more challenging goal. There are many environmental organizations doing excellent work across the country and around the globe, but when I left Ceres for another opportunity I made a commitment to continue helping Ceres carry out its work by becoming a monthly donor. Please join me!
And to join this Ceres Sustainer monthly donor, visit www.ceres.org/donate. Thank you for your support!
I worked for Ceres for just over three years, and very sincerely,felt that I spent each day working on today's most important issues with one of the most passionate, ambitious, capable, savvy teams out there... which also just so happens to leverage one of the most effective strategies for tackling the giant challenge that is climate change and sustainability more broadly.
It was a privilege to work for Ceres, I eagerly follow their ongoing work, and I happily donate to them. Keep it up!
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.
Sustainability is no longer a pastime for armchair intellectuals. It is slowly but surely assuming a major role in the healthy continuance of life on earth.
As the science of the art of prevailing on the adversity of collaborating opposites, sustainability aims at creating a mutually participatory Cause ⇄ Effect platform of creative destruction, of out-of-equilibrium, “middle-out” homeostatic adaptive trade-off between allocation and growth, supervised by a source-moderated utilization of Nature. Being a inter- and intra-disciplinary issue with deep and interactive roots in thermodynamics, chaos, complexity and nonlinearity, understanding and appreciation of sustainability calls for much more than neighbourhood get-togethers. It is in this spirit that organizations like Ceres assume defining significance in the propagation, patronage, well-being, and growth of a less-than-intuitive paradigm that sustainability represents.
Sustainability is an out-of-equilibrium phase of Nature, supported by "life" and land-marked by "birth" and "death", much more indeed beyond Brundtland. Newtonian reductionism that we acquire --- and pass onto future generations --- fail to address these issues except for the obviously trivial. In situations such as these begging paradigmatic shift in our attitude to and relationship with the mainstream, dedicated support of organizations like Ceres with the capacity, potency and fortitude to address complex issues are inevitably needed.
Sustainability is much more than rallies, demonstrations, politicians, corporates, climate change, and green economy, important as these might well be. They cannot be substitutes for the analysis-debate-synthesis dialectic of the academia, of a nascent science of the 21st century awaiting a much-needed take-off. Without an academic foundation, it is unlikely to graduate from the present polemical state to the class-room where it rightly belongs.
Ceres, I believe, is uniquely positioned with its rich and varied background of a quarter century, to play the proverbial role of a facilitator and negotiator between academic and corporate social responsibility worlds (and the state) to foster a beneficial homeostasis that either on its own cannot hope to achieve.
CERES SENSITIZES US TO THE ISSUES THAT MATTER FOR THE PLANET AND HAS DONE A GOOD JOB WITH WATER AND MANY OTHER ISSUES. I BELIEVE ALL NON PROFITS IN THE SUSTAINABILITY SPACE CAN LEARN FROM CERES ON HOW TO DEEPEN KNOWLEDGE ON KEY SUBJECTS.
I discovered Ceres over a year ago and I have been telling my friends about it ever since. Ceres offers big companies an opportunity to work profitably toward sustainability. And, reading about its endeavors Ceres has spurred me to begin converting my investments to sustainable ones. As a member of Citizens Climate Lobby, Ceres gives me an important viewpoint as I work toward influencing members of our government to put an increasing tax on carbon based fuel at their source and return all dividends to the citizens through the IRS (revenue neutral). Anne Bachner
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".
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
The Ceres Roadmap to Sustainability offers a demanding, but practical and achievable set of expectations for a diverse set of stakeholders who can make sustainability mainstream. The Ceres team knows how to persevere and engage different communities, investors, business, citizens in order to accomplish their mission of advancing a low-carbon, clean energy future.
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.
I have partnered with Ceres as a professional in the realm of CSR on multiple projects, working with various other nonprofits, foundations and businesses. In particular I have worked with Anne Kelly and Brooke Barton who are both amazingly smart and professional employees of Ceres. Every time I have interacted with the Ceres team, they have followed through on their commitments, added value to the work I am doing, and been incredibly helpful and collaborative. I give them big kudos for the work they are accomplishing on both climate change and water.
Mindy and Ceres have always been an inspiration in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility and particularly with the intersection of Government.
As AN INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS BEEN INTERESTED AND CONCERNED,AND ACTIVE WORKING TOWARD A BETTER AWARENESS OF HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO PROTECT OUR WORLD FROM UNSUSTAINABLE HUMAN ACTIVITIES, I`M GLAD THERE IS SUCH AN ORGANISATION AS CERES PROMOTING THE SUSTAINABLE AGENDA.
We at Viridian Energy take sustainability and green energy very seriously, and we are pleased with the leadership and practical know-how Ceres offers to us and other companies and nonprofits that are working in this field. They are a trusted resource and a catalyst for change in energy policy, especially with their work in green investing. We look forward to more excellent conferences, white papers, and other resources from this group in the future.
Not only does Ceres provide a critical service, defining and driving the business agenda on sustainability, but they do it remarkably well. By creating tools enables changemakers within businesses to drive transformation from within, while Ceres' pressure work (lobbying and shareholder proxies) is truly impactful when it comes to guiding the business community towards a singular goal of profitability with responsibility.
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.
First and foremost, when and if we are able to mitigate climate change, Ceres will be one of the five institutions globally to have made this occur. Ceres' leadership in climate change in simply unparalleled. They are diligent, deliberate, and collaborative working with corporations globally supporting the global migration to the new green economy.
Ceres is one of the best non-profits in the world working with corporations to mitigate climate change.
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!
Through the work of Ceres investors who are seeking to promote sustainable business practices in corporations and supply chains can achieve substantial impact. Ceres' public policy works in parallel to ensure the voice of Ceres members is heard. This voice is far reaching and comes through in a compelling, clear and decisive manner.
Ceres is one of the most influential actors working to shape the rules of the game of capitalism. Far from shaping those rules to favor its narrow interests, it is working to create a more just and sustainable global economy that will benefit us all--for generations to come. To achieve this grand vision it works collaboratively with a diverse group of companies, investors and civil society organizations to develop solutions to our toughest challenges. In so doing it often turns preconceived notions on their head. For example, through its Climate Declaration, Ceres enabled businesses like Microsoft, General Motors and Starbucks to state unequivocally that addressing climate change is imperative AND it is a great economic opportunity.
Ceres is pretty unique, though others with more money are diving into this space. It will be interesting to see how they carve out their niche in the coming year.
Ceres has a game changing approach to the big ideas that will make our world more sustainable. I know that every dollar I give to Ceres has an impact that reverberates throughout the world. Their strategy is just plain smart - they work with the most powerful levers of the political and economic system.
Having worked in both the privat and nonprofit sectors, I can understand and appreciate Ceres' unique fusion of the two approaches to advocy. By harnessing the power of the world's most prominent and influential businesses and investors, the organization truly makes the business case for sustainability with a range of well-credentialed messengers. This is an organization that truly "punches above its weight" with large businesses like Coca-Cola, the Walt Disney Company, and the largest banks in America. Ceres' "Climate Declaration" campaign is a phenomenal example of the organizations ability to influence top-level decisionmakers, in this case the President, to spur action on climate change.
Ceres has managed to act as a catalyst for significant social and environmental change. They have successfully organized business, investors, activists and NGOs in collaborative and productive ways that no one else has before on some of the leading issues of our time. They have led on all manner of sustainability initiatives including sustainability reporting, SEC climate disclosure, integrated reporting, climate change and others and have drilled down into specific industries by inviting key stakeholders to create business-smart reforms.
They serve an important role in advancing energy and water issues and have developed a successful advocacy role with BICEP and other initiatives.
Finally, they have managed to develop a super-smart, hard-working, dedicated group of Staff and Advisors that serve their stakeholders in advancing sustainability issues across multiple sectors and issues.
One of the best organizations I have ever worked with.
I can't believe the naivety of so many people across the world. We are ruining the planet we depend on. Did we not learn our lesson when we over plowed the Great Plains? We are harming ourselves. Do we think spikes in cancer are pure coincidence?
We need BIG actions and big players to combat these massive issues. That's why I support Ceres, because they leverage those big players and get them to take big action.
The problems we face on sustainability, water shortages, natural resource depletion and climate change are not going to be solved by small, incremental steps. And too often, these big environmental issues are perceived as a choice between protecting the environment or growing the economy. It is not an either/or situation. It is both. Ultimately, the future of our economy depends on protecting the environment - this is Ceres' sweet spot. Ceres makes the business case for fighting climate change and reaches a wide range of companies, investors and policymakers. There's no one quite like them.