What We Do
Igniting a 21st Century Sustainable Global Economy
At Ceres, we work for a world where the capital markets advance the health of the planet and its people. Our mission is to improve the functioning of capital markets to create a global economy that values environmental, social and financial risks to ensure long-term prosperity for companies, investors and communities alike.
To accomplish this, we work with corporate leaders, investors, public interest groups, policymakers and other economic players to advance sustainable solutions that will reduce carbon emissions and other pollutants, protect vital natural resources like water supplies, ensure safe and just working conditions for employees and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels while transitioning to a clean energy economy.
Learn more about our history and impact in the About Us section.
Advancing Corporate Sustainability
Ceres sits at the nexus of the business, investment, and advocacy communities. Drawing on the expertise of the Ceres Coalition, we convene and direct stakeholder engagements with members of our Company Network to advance corporate sustainability company by company and sector by sector. The Ceres stakeholder engagement model features diverse teams of credible, external stakeholders that provide ongoing input to a company on policy, strategy, disclosure, and performance.
Learn more about our how we work with companies in our Corporate Network section.
Mobilizing Investor Action
In addition to working with investors in the Ceres Coalition, Ceres directs the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a network of more than 90 institutional investors collectively holding $9 trillion in assets under management. Ceres helps INCR members leverage their power as shareholders to secure meaningful commitments on sustainability challenges from companies they invest in. Through shareholder resolutions and face-to-face meetings, investors working with Ceres are asking companies to improve their transparency on sustainability-related risks and set tangible performance goals for reducing their carbon footprint, protecting water supplies and reducing other environmental and social impacts.
Ceres is also working with investors, analysts, rating agencies and financial firms to incorporate environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities into their research and valuation of their investment portfolios.
Learn more about our work with investors in our Investor Network section.
Research, Education and Thought Leadership
Ceres produces cutting-edge reports on wide-ranging sustainability risks, including climate change strategies, water scarcity management and regulatory and policy developments. Our reports set new standards and provide best practices for corporations, investors, policymakers and industry groups looking to improve sustainability disclosure and performance.
Browse and download our reports in the Resources section.
Our Vision for a Sustainable Global Economy
In 2009, as part of our 20th anniversary, Ceres released Ceres 20•20, our vision for achieving a sustainable global economy by 2020. The plan has four pillars, each with specific ambitious goals:
To learn more about our history and our impact, visit the About Us section.