Floods. Droughts. Melting glaciers.
Climate change is already impacting farming, shipping and countless other business sectors. Like an earthquake, the reverberations reach companies in all corners of the world, shaking their supply chains, disrupting commodity prices and exposing them to both political risk and costly regulatory changes.
Severe weather events and changing weather patterns, current or impending regulations imposing a cost on carbon and an altered competitive environment will have an inescapable impact on numerous business sectors, supply chains, customers and products and the global economy as a whole.
But climate change also presents business and investors with opportunity. Innovative products and new technologies are emerging to help mitigate pollution, reduce reliance on fossil fuels and limit our overall impact on the environment – all the while creating new markets, job opportunities and growth potential. Those companies and investors that seize these opportunities are best positioned to thrive in a resource-constrained economy.
Ceres works at the intersection of business, investment and advocacy communities to address sustainability risks such as climate change in order to build a more sustainable global economy.
Companies and Climate Change
Ceres works with nearly 70 companies on a range of sustainability issues, including climate change. The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability's expectations for managing climate-related impacts include setting goals in line with the recommendations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Working with our coalition of investors and advocacy groups, Ceres engages with companies to:
- Reduce the absolute greenhouse gas emissions from business operations, supply chain, products and services and employees;
- Disclose the financial and material implications of climate change as well as their plans and goals for mitigating that risk;
- Put in place strong governance structures to manage risks at the board and CEO levels of the company;
- Develop products and practices that decrease greenhouse gas emissions and generate revenue for the company.
Investors and Climate Change
Ceres leads the Investor Network on Climate Risk, a group of more than 100 investors representing more than $10 trillion in assets under management. Under Ceres' direction, this vast network is combating climate risk in their portfolios by:
- Engaging with corporations on their business strategies to reduce risk due to climate change through stakeholder engagements and shareholder resolutions
- Calling on the U.S. and other governments to pass strong climate and energy policies that will spur low-carbon investments, new jobs and transition us to a clean energy economy
- Integrating the financial and material risks of climate change into investment decisions.
For more information, download the PDF Investors are Acting on Climate Change.
Ceres has organized businesses and investors nationwide and globally to call for strong climate and energy policies that will reduce carbon emissions, promote energy efficiency and renewable energy and increase investment in a clean energy economy. Our accomplishments include:
- Organizing 450 institutional investors representing $13 trillion in capital to call on the U.S. and other governments to quickly pass strong climate change policies that will spur low-carbon investments and new jobs.
- Leveraging the Ceres-led Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP), a network of more than 20 leading consumer companies that meets regularly with Congressional leaders on the urgency of passing comprehensive climate and energy legislation that would limit carbon emissions while supporting energy efficiency, renewable energy and green jobs.
- Supporting the nation’s largest investors in filing shareholder resolutions asking U.S. companies to detail their business strategies for dealing with climate change.
For more information
Read articles, download reports and listen to podcasts about climate change and sustainability listed on the right-hand side of this page.