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Investors in North America have relied on Ceres for more than 20 years to deepen their understanding of global sustainability risks and their implications for investment and financing.

Paper showing investors and graph. Investors in North America have relied on Ceres for more than 20 years to deepen their understanding of global sustainability risks and their implications for investment and financing.

Ceres sits at the intersection of investment, business and advocacy interests, leading constructive engagements and offering education to bridge these important perspectives, which are increasingly intertwined as climate change, water scarcity and other resource pressures take stronger hold around the world.

Elevating financial firms’ attention to these emerging risks – and opportunities they create – is pivotal to Ceres’ mission of building a sustainable global economy that will ensure future prosperity for all.

In 1997, Ceres gave investors an unprecedented disclosure tool by creating the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), now the de-facto international standard for sustainability reporting used by more than 1,800 companies worldwide.

In 2003, Ceres launched the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), growing from 10 institutional investors managing $600 billion, to over 100 members managing more than $11 trillion in collective assets today. INCR has an impressive record of leadership and accomplishments on climate and sustainability

In 2012, Ceres and INCR brought together 450 financial leaders representing tens of trillions in assets at the United Nations for the fifth Investor Summit on Climate Risk & Energy Solutions. Participants issued an Investor Action Plan calling for greater private investment in low-carbon technologies and tougher scrutiny of climate risks across investment portfolios.

Ceres and INCR released a summary report of The 21st Century Investor: Ceres Blueprint for Sustainable Investing, reflecting lessons learned over 10 years working with institutional investors on climate change and other critical ESG issues. The Blueprint is a preview of a more detailed document to be released in late June and presents the business and fiduciary case for integrating sustainability criteria into investment analysis and decision-making to promote sustainable risk-adjusted returns.

Whether they manage state public pensions funds, labor funds, college endowments or other institutional assets, investors look to Ceres and INCR to identify emerging risks and opportunities they should focus on and best practices they should use for managing these issues.

For more information

Learn more about how Ceres works with investors, how your investment institution can join the Ceres Coalition or the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR). See a listing of current Coalition members and current INCR members.