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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.

21st Century Investor Working Group

This working group offers investors a forum to develop and share best practices, challenges and solutions in identifying, analyzing and integrating into the investment decision-making process key environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues relating to climate change, water scarcity and other material sustainability risks and sustainable investment opportunities.  To join, contact Peter Ellsworth, Senior Manager, Investor Program, at ellsworth@ceres.org.

Carbon Asset Risk Working Group

This working group will focus on developing strategy and tactics for engaging fossil energy companies on risks associated with their development of carbon reserves and related capital expenditures, as well as risk from physical impacts of climate change, coordinating engagements, and advancing analysis of these risks as a mainstream financial and investment issue. For more information, contact Shanna Cleveland, Senior Manager, Carbon Asset Risk Initiative at cleveland@ceres.org.

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 and events. Meets monthly.

To join, contact Alli Gold Roberts, Associate, Policy Team, at goldroberts@ceres.org.

Read more about INCR climate and energy policy advocacy.

SEC/Disclosure Working Group

This working group aims to move the SEC towards stronger implementation of its climate change disclosure guidance (issued in February 2010), as well as to address other climate-related disclosure issues (e.g., carbon asset risk / stranded assets) with the goal of improving corporate disclosure on material business risks and opportunities relating to climate change and other sustainability issues.

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 U.S. and global stock exchanges on environmental, social and governance issues, with the goal of improving exchanges' guidance for listed companies through a listing standard on sustainability (ESG) 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.

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

Read more about climate and sustainability disclosure.

Investment Consultants Working Group

This working group engages the investment consulting industry—the so-called investment “gatekeepers”—in a dialogue with asset owners around how environmental, social and governance factors, including climate change, are integrated into their expertise, advice and services to their clients.

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

Read more about sustainable investment practices.

Investor Water Hub

The Investor Water Hub undertakes activities that help drive greater consideration of water in investment decision-making. This group offers peer-to-peer sharing of leading ESG and water integration and engagement practices and a forum to develop more effective research methods to assess water risks and opportunities. The Hub also explores ideas that help drive investing in solutions that support sustainable water resources for generations to come.

To join, contact Monkia Freyman, Senior Manager, Water Program at freyman@ceres.org.

Shareholder Initiative on Climate and Sustainability (SICS)

This working group coordinates the efforts of investors seeking to engage investee companies on climate, clean energy and related sustainability risk and opportunity issues through filing shareholder proposals and related corporate engagements on key ESG issues. 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.

Family Offices and Family Foundations Initiative Working Group

This working group, open specifically to the family office and family foundation members of the INCR, provides events-based programming and peer-to-peer learning opportunities focused on integrating climate risk into investment policies and practices and on investment strategies for positive climate impact. The goal of the group is sharing of both member best practices and thought leadership of Ceres and its partners, to catalyze progress toward climate-wise portfolio management.

To join, contact Lindsey White, Senior Manager at white@ceres.org.

Green Bonds Working Group

This working group will focus on developing investor expectations for the rapidly growing green bonds market and providing guidance to issuers and underwriters on issues such as types of projects financed, use of applicable standards, disclosures of use of proceeds, reporting on project performance and environmental benefits, and third-party verification. For more information, please contact Peter Ellsworth, Senior Manager, Investor Program, at ellsworth@ceres.org.