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Veena Ramani

Since July 2006, Veena has managed the relationships with a portfolio of Ceres companies, primarily from the electric utility and financial services sectors. She works with these companies on a variety of ESG strategy, performance and disclosure issues including policy and program development, sustainability reporting, stakeholder engagement processes etc. Veena is also responsible for the oversight and management of the Ceres coalition.
Veena Ramani

Senior Director, Corporate Program

Veena Ramani is a Senior Director in Ceres’ Corporate Programs. Since July 2006, she has managed the relationships with a portfolio of Ceres network companies, and currently leads the program’s work with the financial services sector. As a part of this, Veena works with senior company management and boards on opportunities to integrate sustainability into their business structures and decision making, including policy and program development, disclosures and stakeholder engagement processes.

Veena also leads Ceres’ work on governance for sustainability, and authored the report, “View from the top: How corporate boards can engage on sustainability performance."

Prior to Ceres, Veena worked as a Management Consultant with CDM, an environmental consulting firm and focused on providing a variety of sustainability services to clients in the public and private sectors. Prior to that, she spent three years with Integrative Strategies Forum, a Washington DC based NGO, working on developing national and international policy solutions on sustainable development, building consensus and coalitions among civil society groups on these issues and lobbying government representatives. Veena has also practiced law in India.

Veena has an LL.M (Masters in Law) degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a B.A. LL. B (Hons) degree from National Law School from India University, Bangalore.

Recent Blog Posts

National Association of Corporate Directors

Living in a Material World

by Veena RamaniNational Association of Corporate Directors Posted on Oct 13, 2016

Sustainability is a broad term, and not every environmental or social issue belongs on the board agenda. But when an environmental or social issue has the potential to affect corporate revenue and earnings in the short and long term, sustainability absolutely should be on the table.


The Rising Responsibilities of Directors for Tackling Sustainability and Climate Change

by Veena RamaniCeres Posted on Oct 03, 2016

A variety of trends are prompting directors to take on more responsibility for ensuring their companies are addressing sustainability issues like climate change. In particular, our panel pointed to the growing number of investors focusing on these issues through shareholder resolutions, corporate engagement and research.


CalPERS raises bar on corporate directors’ role in tackling climate change

by Veena RamaniCeres Posted on Apr 06, 2016

Last month, the country’s largest pension fund, the California Public Employees Retirement System, updated its Global Governance Principles, which drive its efforts on corporate engagements, proxy voting and investment decision making. The principles now state that board members of companies that CalPERS owns should have “expertise and experience in climate change risk management strategies.” This move is hugely important.