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Get US There: The Ceres Strategic Plan


In The Ceres Strategic Plan, we explain who we are, whom we work with and how we create change. We share plans to address four global challenges: climate change, water scarcity and pollution, inequitable workplaces and outdated capital market systems. And we also lay out our plans for growing and strengthening Ceres in order to fulfill our […]

Investor Primer on Non-Compliance Protocols: Ending Deforestation at the Source


Supplier non-compliance protocols are an essential part of a risk management plan for companies with exposure to commodities. Yet a lack of consensus on how to engage non-compliant suppliers has stalled many companies’ implementation of no-deforestation commitments. An absence of clear protocols to deal with non-compliance will continue to allow product produced on deforested land […]

The Role of Investors in Supporting Better Corporate ESG Performance


Investors and their membership organizations have played an active role in shaping corporate behavior on ESG issues, but there is still a lack of comprehensive information about what outcomes can be expected from various investor influence strategies such as dialogues with company management, shareholder proposals and proxy voting, divestment and public policy engagement. Ceres and […]

Proxy Voting Guidebook 2019


The Proxy Voting Guidebook showcases memos supporting shareholder proposals filed by institutional investors concerned about the risks and opportunities of climate change to companies in their portfolios. Each memo presents the business case for a shareholder proposal that will go to vote during the 2019 proxy season. The resolutions discussed are a sampling of more […]

Corporate Reporting Dialogue announces market consultation on building better alignment


Participants of the Corporate Reporting Dialogue – an initiative bringing together the major standard setters and framework providers globally – are launching a six-week global consultation process on Wednesday 20 March 2019, to gather views from stakeholders on how to drive better alignment of sustainability reporting frameworks, as well as with frameworks that promote integration between […]

FROM RISK TO REWARD: Accelerating corporate action in the palm oil sector


In 2018, 7,018 of the world’s largest companies reported information about their efforts to manage their climate, water and forestsrelated risks and impacts through CDP’s global disclosure platform. This includes 455 companies that disclosed information on their deforestation risks and impacts. This data is used by over 525 institutional investors, representing US$ 96 trillion, to […]

ESG in Private Equity: How To Write a Responsible Investment Policy


Over the past 10 years, the private equity sector has seen responsible investment approaches move from exception to expectation. Formalized integration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations is becoming the norm. A diverse group of stakeholders—from investors to portfolio companies to employees—increasingly expect that General Partners (GPs) at private equity firms to demonstrate that […]

Scaling U.S. Insurers’ Clean Energy Infrastructure Investments


To take advantage of clean energy investment opportunities, insurers should reassess their strategic assets, build/acquire the right skills and capacity, engage with relevant service providers to ensure they are better attuned to the clean energy investment landscape, and take a fresh look at a broad range of clean energy investment vehicles. Download report here >



Under France’s presidency there is the opportunity and urgent need for G7 countries to take action to strengthen climate-related financial disclosures. This will bring to life commitments to climate action, agreed in Charlevoix in June 2018, and support implementation of the recommendations of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), agreed […]

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