Senior Manager, Investor Program
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Jim Coburn directs Ceres’ efforts to improve mandatory climate and sustainability risk disclosure by corporations. Drawing from his legal background, Jim helps to develop rules and guidance on reporting that strengthen corporate risk management practices and improve investor decisions. He most recently played an integral role in leading the initiative that resulted in the SEC’s issuance of groundbreaking climate disclosure guidance for corporations in 2010.
In addition to leading regular engagements with members of Ceres’ Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR) and the SEC on disclosure issues, Jim also manages Ceres’ involvement in the Climate Disclosure Standards Board. The Board is a global collaboration of accounting firms, NGOs and corporations developing standards for reporting in financial filings.
Jim manages Ceres reports on climate disclosure, most recently co-authoring Cool Response: The SEC & Corporate Climate Change Reporting, which outlines generally weak climate disclosure to date by businesses and steps the SEC can take to improve reporting.
Jim has organized Ceres webinars to educate investors and companies on best practices for disclosure. He often speaks to the media on disclosure-related issues, and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and New York Times. In addition, he has served as a panelist at numerous events, including the ALI-ABA/Environmental Law Institute’s climate change and the law conference, and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) conference.
Before joining Ceres, Jim worked for Morgan Stanley in equity research, the American Civil Liberties Union and Green America. He holds a BA in Government from Cornell University and a JD from Boston College Law School. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and the American Bar Association’s Environmental Disclosure Committee.