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INCR Working Groups

INCR Working Groups offer investors the opportunity to engage with their peers to share updates on key research, develop strategies, share best practices and advance ESG issues on a variety fronts, from corporate disclosure and performance to sustainable policy and regulations. Working groups meet monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly via phone or web meeting and are supported by INCR staff.

Investor CollaborationINCR Working Groups offer investors the opportunity to engage with their peers to share updates on key research, develop strategies, share best practices and advance ESG issues on a variety fronts, from corporate disclosure and performance to sustainable policy and regulations. Working groups meet monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly via phone or web meeting and are supported by INCR staff.

INCR Policy Working Group

Investors in this working group engage federal and state policy makers on key climate, energy and sustainability issues through a variety of vehicles, including in-person meetings, letters, and op-eds. The Group also facilitates international investor collaboration on global investor statements, research reports and events. Meets monthly.

To join, contact Brandon Smithwood, Senior Associate, at smithwood@ceres.org.

Read more about INCR climate and energy policy advocacy.

SEC/Disclosure Working Group

This working group aims to move the SEC towards improved implementation of its climate change guidance (issued in February 2010), as well as to address other key environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure issues with the goal of improving corporate disclosure on material sustainability risks and opportunities. Meets quarterly.

To join, contact Jim Coburn, Senior Manager, at coburn@ceres.org.

Read more about climate and sustainability disclosure.

INVESTOR INITIATIVE FOR SUSTAINABLE EXCHANGES WORKING GROUP

This working group offers investors engagement opportunities with stock exchanges on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, with the goal of improving exchanges' guidance for listed companies through a listing standard on sustainability reporting.

To join, contact Tracey Rembert, Senior Manager, at rembert@ceres.org.

Read more about the Investor Initiative for Sustainable Exchanges.

Integrated Reporting Working Group

This working group provides a voice for investors in the global effort—coordinated by the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC)—to formulate a strong framework for integrated financial and ESG reporting. Meets quarterly.

To join, contact Tracey Rembert, Senior Manager, at rembert@ceres.org.

Read more about climate and sustainability disclosure.

Investment Consultants Working Group

Aims to engage the investment consulting industry—the so-called investment “gatekeepers”—in a dialogue on better integrating environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) factors, including climate change, into their businesses, services, and advice to clients.

To join, contact Kirsten Spalding, Director, at spalding@ceres.org.

Read more about sustainable investment practices.

Investor Water Working Group

Led by representatives from Ceres, Calvert, ICCR and PRI – this working group informs and coordinates investors on water-related company engagements, provides updates on recent reports, tools and surveys and provides expert/industry lead webinars.

To join, contact Berkley Adrio, Senior Associate, at adrio@ceres.org.

Shareholder Initiative on Climate and Sustainability (SICS)

The network coordinates a coalition of investors engaging companies to foster improved sustainability and climate change-related business practices. The goal is to reduce long-term portfolio-wide risks and enhance returns.

To join, contact Rob Berridge, Senior Manager, at berridge@ceres.org.

Read more about shareholder successes on climate, energy, and sustainability.