Jim Coburn directs Ceres’ efforts to improve mandatory climate and sustainability risk disclosure by corporations. Drawing from his legal background, Jim helps to develop rules and guidance on reporting that strengthen corporate risk management practices and improve investor decisions. He led the initiative that resulted in the SEC’s issuance of groundbreaking climate disclosure guidance for corporations in 2010.
In addition to leading regular engagements with members of Ceres’ Investor Network on Climate Risk and Sustainability and the SEC on disclosure issues, Jim also manages Ceres’ involvement in the Climate Disclosure Standards Board and work related to the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures.
Jim manages Ceres tools and reports on climate disclosure, including the SEC Sustainability Disclosure search tool. He co-authored Cool Response: The SEC & Corporate Climate Change Reporting, which outlines generally weak climate disclosure to date by businesses and steps the SEC can take to improve reporting.
Jim has organized Ceres webinars to educate investors and companies on best practices for disclosure. He often speaks to the media on disclosure-related issues, and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and New York Times and has served as a panelist at numerous events.
Before joining Ceres, Jim worked for Morgan Stanley, the American Civil Liberties Union and Green America. He holds a BA in Government from Cornell University and a JD from Boston College Law School. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.