What We Do
Igniting a Sustainable Global Economy
At Ceres, our mission is to mobilize investor and business leadership to build a thriving, sustainable global economy.
Changing capital market practices to incorporate long-term environmental and social risks instead of merely relying on short-term returns as a measure of economic health is a key component of our work.
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.
Advancing Corporate Sustainability
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.
Learn more about our how we work with companies in our Corporate Network section.
Mobilizing Investor Action
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.
Learn more about our work with investors in our Investor Network section.
Research, Education and Thought Leadership
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.
Browse and download our reports in the Resources section.
Our Vision for a Sustainable Global Economy
In 2009, as part of our 20th anniversary, Ceres released Ceres 20•20, our vision for achieving a sustainable global economy by 2020. The plan has four key pillars, each with specific ambitious goals:
- We need honest accounting that abolishes the folly of free pollution, such as largely unchecked carbon pollution.
- We need higher standards of business and investor leadership.
- We need bold scalable solutions that accelerate green innovation globally.
- We need smart new policies that discourage high-polluting technologies while rewarding cleaner, more sustainable ones.