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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 Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR) works at the intersection of investment, business and advocacy interests. We lead constructive engagements and offering education, thought leadership and pragmatic strategies to bridge these important perspectives, which are increasingly intertwined as climate change, water scarcity and other resource pressures create economic risks and opportunities 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 2003, Ceres launched the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), growing from 10 institutional investors managing $600 billion, to more than 120 members managing more than $15 trillion in collective assets today. INCR has an impressive record of leadership and accomplishments on climate and sustainability.

In 2013, Ceres, with input from an advisory group of INCR leaders, released The 21st Century Investor: Ceres Blueprint for Sustainable Investing,synthesizing lessons learned over more than a decade of working with institutional investors on climate change and other critical ESG issues. The Blueprint presents the business and fiduciary case for integrating sustainability criteria into investment analysis and decision-making to promote sustainable risk-adjusted returns, and outlines 10 key steps to assist asset owners and asset managers in implementing sustainable investing at their funds and firms. We updated the Blueprint in 2016 to incorporate recent studies, examples and experience.

In 2016, the Investor Summit on Climate Risk was the first major event on climate change for investors and financial institutions to discuss the far-reaching implications of the Paris Agreement. Ceres, the United Nations Foundation, and the United Nations Office for Partnerships co-hosted the seventh biennial Summit at the United Nations. The Summit explored the significant investment opportunities provided by the global climate deal involving 196 countries, with a focus on the types of capital flows necessary—involving many trillions of dollars—to achieve its ambitious global carbon-reducing goals; growing opportunities to expand clean energy investment in developed and developing countries; and solutions to mitigate carbon asset risks, including portfolio de-carbonization and engagement with companies on carbon asset risk and energy transition strategies.

Whether they manage state public pensions funds, labor funds, college endowments or other institutional assets, investors look to Ceres and INCR to identify and develop practical strategies address emerging ESG risks and opportunities, best practices for managing these issues, and opportunities for engagement and advocacy to advance sustainability with companies, regulators, policymakers and other key capital markets players.

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.