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Disclosure: What gets measured, gets managed.

Get regulation-ready

The transition to a net zero economy is happening before our eyes - and we’re seeing a rapid shift by regulators and legislators to catch up with where the market is heading. Ceres rallies investor support for standardized, mandatory climate and sustainability disclosure and helps companies and investors prepare for these requirements.


The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission now requires public companies to disclose their material climate-related risks and the measures they are taking to manage those risks. Ceres can help you understand the rule and its impact.

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California set the national standard for corporate climate disclosure with two new laws. Learn what data you’ll need and how you can start preparing today.

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Ceres is the convener of the U.S. Consultation Group for the TNFD, an initiative that has released recommendations for companies to assess and disclose their nature-related dependencies, impacts, risks, and opportunities.

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Our impact

Ceres has long advocated for mandating disclosure of climate risks and opportunities at every level of the capital markets—from stock exchanges to financial regulators to corporate boardrooms worldwide.

The Ceres Principles

Our track record of reframing the conversation around sustainability and pushing for systematic risk disclosure dates back to our founding, when a group of socially responsible investors, public pension funds, and major environmental organizations created the Ceres Principles, a ten-point code of environmental conduct for forward-looking companies that commit to continuous environmental improvement.

Launching the Global Reporting Initiative

We launched the Global Reporting Initiative, creator of the first global sustainability reporting standards, now used by tens of thousands of companies worldwide.

The Global Framework for Climate Risk Disclosure

Ceres and a group of fourteen institutional investors from around the world released the first statement on the disclosure that investors expect from companies: the Global Framework for Climate Risk Disclosure.

Founding the Climate Disclosure Standards Board

We co-founded the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB), an international consortium that works to align the mainstream corporate reporting model to equate natural capital with financial capital by creating a framework for reporting environmental information with the same rigor as financial information.

First-Ever Disclosure Guidance from the SEC

We rallied investors to successfully petition the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to issue the first-ever disclosure guidance for financial reporting of material climate-related risks.

The Investor Listing Standards Proposal

We developed the Investor Listing Standards Proposal, providing recommendations for integrating sustainability disclosure requirements into listing rules for companies traded on U.S. and global stock exchanges. The aim was to engage exchanges via the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), which led WFE to launch recommendations for exchanges and issuers on enhancing their work on sustainability.

The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures

Building on the baseline of climate risk reporting created by Ceres, GRI, the CDSB, and other leading organizations, the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) is founded. The TCFD develops global recommendations for climate-related financial risk disclosures for use by companies in providing information to lenders, insurers, investors and other stakeholders.

Climate Disclosure Standards

More than 500 investors representing nearly $40 trillion in assets under management called for governments around the world to strengthen climate disclosure standards, including by requiring mandatory reporting.

Victory in California

We rallied corporate and investor support that led California’s governor to sign landmark legislation, which set standards for climate risk and emissions disclosure for thousands of companies. We also supported the finalization of the climate disclosure standard by the International Financial Reporting Standards’ International Sustainability Standards Board, which nine countries have publicly announced their intention to adopt. These countries include, Singapore, Japan, Canada, Brazil, Egypt, Nigeria, Chile, the United Kingdom and Australia.

National Climate Disclosure Rule

After more than two decades of Ceres and our members calling on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to mandate robust climate reporting, publicly listed companies are now required to disclose their climate impacts and transition plans.

Learn why and how to disclose

Our reports help companies and investors create and share sustainability disclosures and plan for compliance with the latest regulations.

Mar 1, 2022
Evaluating the Use of Carbon Credits
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Oct 18, 2021
Investor Guide to Corporate Greenhouse Gas Commitments
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Jun 17, 2021
Lifting the Veil: Investor Expectations for Paris-aligned Financial Reporting at Oil and Gas Companies
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Search sustainability disclosures

Use our SEC Sustainability Disclosure Search tool to see how companies are tackling material sustainability risks and opportunities in climate change, carbon asset risk, water availability and quality, and hydraulic fracturing. Which companies address these issues in regular communications with shareholders? How much—and what—do they say? Has their disclosure changed over time?

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