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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on four global sustainability challenges: climate change, water scarcity and pollution, inequitable workplaces and outdated capital market systems.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

152 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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Seems to be well managed and cost conscious but more importantly CERES moves corporate practices towards more sustainable approaches to building their businesses. For a relatively small not for profit, CERES has stayed true to their mission and approach and not gone for the fad of the month. there is no one else who has engaged major corporations in understanding the various. Ways in which responsible appraoches to sustainability make both good business sense and them more attractive employers.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ceres has been an incredible partner and friend to eBay since we joined the network in 2008. Their support, advocacy, and guidance have been instrumental as we've navigated the many twists and turns on our sustainability journey.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CERES is a top flight non-profit with a laser focus on advancing a sustainable economy. Based on my experience working with them on various projects, I have found their staff to be professional, highly competent and collaborative. And their members with whom I've had the opportunity to interact have proven to be articulate spokespersons for sustainable business practices and solutions.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate to be involved with Ceres since its inception, watching the organization grow from humble beginnings in shared office space to its position of global influence today. Through that entire period, all the people with whom I've dealt inside Ceres have been deeply committed to the group's mission, sharply focused on the its success, and profoundly supportive of other organizations with related goals. I look forward to continuing my association with Ceres in the coming years.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am actively involved in many top national environmental organizations, but feel Ceres is moving the needle like no other when it comes to changing the game around economic messages and sustainability. They work with and push the most powerful forces (major corporations, huge SRI investment companies, the insurance industry and other mainstream business thought leaders to recognize the risks and rewards of climate disruption and other key ESG issues. Ceres is the proverbial "Do Tank", that not only thinks up powerful, strategic ideas that can make crucial change happen, but they then finds ways to partner with the key players and make those great ideas come to fruition. They are a world class convener and a trusted leader. I support them at my highest level of giving and I feel extremely good about the significant dollars I "invest"in them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Ceres is a high-impact, "networked nonprofit" that drives large-scale change by mobilizing the power of investors & businesses to support climate & sustainability solutions. One example of impact - Ceres work to challenge the insurance industry to do more to support policy solutions to climate change. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the work of Ceres is more important than ever before. And Ceres President Mindy Lubber is top-notch!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been working with Ceres since 2008 when my company joined. Ceres has been a key partner, motivator, coach and reality check for the sustainability work of my company. Pushing us to extend beyond our comfort zone, innovate and lead. Their stakeholder engagement support has been key to developing sustainability strategy, policy and new projects within the company. I can't imagine our work without them.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Ceres has always been a leader in linking the decisions of businesses to the most critical environmental issues. Especially given this year's extreme weather including drought and Hurricane Sandy, their innovative work to make the insurance industry accountable on climate change issues is more urgent than ever.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ceres' innovative and collaborative approach has helped demonstrate that sustainability is both the right thing to do and profitable. Their expert staff are critical advocates for the sustainability movement.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ceres is the most effective organization I've seen in translating environmental, social and governance issues into a financial paradigm that gets companies and investors to pay attention to poorly recognized risks and opportunities brought on by climate change, water scarcity, labor and human rights. They put clear and well articulated research into action through stakeholder engagement and policy advocacy, and point to the need for even deeper changes in our current operating models of capitalism if we want to achieve lasting sustainability.

2 Peter Z.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

There are few NGOs as effective as Ceres. They are tackling critical sustainability issues such as climate change, clean energy, water and natural resource scarcity and others in a wholly unique way: by changing the way corporations and markets go about their business. For example, Ford Motor Co. credits Ceres with helping them put sustainability at the core of their business strategy. They played an important role in crafting new mileage and greenhouse gas emissions for cars and light trucks together with the Obama Administration and the car companies. They've gotten large institutional investors to think about the climate and other sustainability related risks in their portfolios and persuaded the SEC to require climate risk disclosure by public companies. They are seen as an honest broker by environmental groups, public interest groups, corporations and institutional investors. They know how to get things done!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've followed the work of Ceres for many years. They put together extraordinarily timely and engaging products on sustainability -- water risk, clean energy, climate change, etc. I rely on them for reports and interviews on a variety of subjects. They are ahead of the curve in mobilizing investors to think about the environmental challenges that will drive business in the 21st century.

2 Jenn V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We work closely with the Ceres staff that runs BICEP and rely on them to let us know what going on in Washington and at the state level where we can get involved to effect positive change in climate and energy policy.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CERES is an incredibly valuable resource for companies focused on building a more sustainable world through the power of business. From their Roadmap for Sustainability to their incredibly important work organizing consumer facing brands in support of national climate legislation, CERES work is unique, innovative, and effective.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

No other non-profit in the sustainability sector has done more to bring awareness to both the investor and corporate community than Ceres. This non-profit think-tank developed the global framework for corporate social responsibility reporting, organizes a full spectrum of institutional investor action on climate change, and consistently produces game-changing reports such as their recent "21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability." They are the most influential organization that the general public has never heard of, and are clearly deserving of this award.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Ceres provides quality research and actionable insight into the world of climate change risk assessment and management and the green economy in general. They produce this information through a variety of outlets such as blogs, pdfs and podcasts which are always worth the time to digest. I recommend Ceres to many of my colleagues and think they are one of the best web sites and organizations in eco-sphere!