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  • Awarded: 2006
  • Issue Areas: Arresting Deforestation · Clean Energy · Environmental Sustainability · Living Conditions · Responsible Supply Chains · Sustainable Markets · Water Management
  • Countries Served: United States
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    About the Organization

    Ceres is a non-profit organization advocating for sustainability leadership. They mobilize a powerful network of investors, companies, and public interest groups to accelerate and expand the adoption of sustainable business practices and solutions to build a healthy global economy.

    Ceres was founded by a small group of investors in 1989 in response to the Exxon Valdez oil spill. The organization has been working for more than 20 years to weave sustainable strategies and practices into the fabric and decision-making of companies, investors, and other key economic players.

    Ceres is uniquely positioned at the nexus of the business, investment, and advocacy communities. To advance their mission and vision, they leverage the power of partners – leading investors, Fortune 500 companies, thought leaders, and policymakers – to positively influence change. Ceres relies on the power and expertise of the companies they engage with, the investors they bring together, and the public interest groups they work with.

    In modern corporate culture, sustainability is often an afterthought. Global climate is irreparably harmed by carbon pollution, with disastrous consequences.

    Ceres engages institutional investors to focus on climate risk and supports companies adopting sustainability strategies.

    Mindy Lubber promotes the integration of sustainability solutions into capital markets and was recently named one of Vogue's 13 Formidable Women on the Front Line of Climate Change.

    Ceres worked with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on the world’s first mandatory standard requiring climate risk disclosure by all public companies.

    Ambition for Change

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    Capital market practices incorporate long-term environmental and social risks instead of merely relying on short-term returns as a measure of economic health.

    Path to Scale

    Innovation, Thought Leadership, Building Influential Networks

    By engaging with large institutional investors and working with Fortune 500 companies and industry leaders, Ceres amplifies its message and influence

    Mindy S. Lubber is the CEO, President, and a founding board member of Ceres. She directs Ceres’ Investor Network on Climate Risk and Sustainability, a group of 140+ institutional investors managing over $17 trillion in assets focused on the business risks and opportunities of climate change. Mindy also oversees engagements with 100-plus companies, many of them Fortune 500 firms, working towards improving their commitments to sustainable business practices and the urgency for strong climate and clean energy policies.

    In 2016, Mindy received the Climate Visionary Award from the Earth Day Network, and the William K. Reilly Award for Environmental Leadership from the Center for Environmental Policy at American University. Vogue Magazine online featured Mindy as one of their “Climate Warriors”. In 2010, Mindy was honored by the United Nations and the Foundation for Social Change as one of the “World’s Top Leaders of Change” for her work in mobilizing leading companies to integrate environmental challenges into core business strategies. 

    Prior to Ceres, Mindy held various leadership positions in government, financial services, and the not-for-profit sector. Mindy joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1995 as a Deputy Regional Administrator and was named Regional Administrator under President Bill Clinton in 2000. Mindy was the founder, President, and CEO of Green Century Capital Management, a family of environmentally responsible mutual funds. She also served as Director of the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group.

    Mindy holds a master’s in Business Administration from SUNY Buffalo and earned her law degree from Suffolk University. She resides in Brookline, Massachusetts, with her husband.

    Impact & Accomplishments

    • Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), now includes 110 institutional investors with collective assets totaling $13 trillion
    • Organized an investor petition with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, which led to the adoption of the world’s first mandatory climate disclosure standard in 2010, requiring climate risk disclosure by all U.S. public companies
    • GRI used for sustainability disclosure by 6,000 companies worldwide
    • Mobilized investor and business networks to support mileage targets averaging 54.5 mpg for cars and trucks sold in the U.S. by 2025. The standards, adopted in 2012, are the largest carbon-pollution-reduction measure the U.S. has taken to date.


    Mindy LubberPresident, Ceres

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