February 13, 2013
Ceres Ranks Among World's Top NGOs
by Robert Kropp
The annual Global Journal ranking of the world's most effective nongovernmental organizations
places the environmental investor network sixth among 450 NGOs from 27 countries.
Since 1989, when it was formed by investors to respond to the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, Ceres has been a leader in encouraging sustainable
The Ceres Coalition consists of over 130 sustainable
investment organizations that engage with corporations and policymakers to focus increased
attention on environmental and other sustainability issues. The Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), launched by Ceres in
2003, is a coalition of 100 institutional investors managing more than $11 trillion in collective
assets under management. The 80 companies in the Ceres Company Network commit to improved
environmental and social performance as well as public reporting on sustainability strategies and
Given its track record of organizing on behalf of addressing sustainability
through the capital markets, it's no surprise that Ceres has its share of commendations for its
activities. At the World Future Energy Summit last month, Ceres received the $1.5 million Zayed
Future Energy Prize for nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Mindy Lubber, President of Ceres,
said that the organization will use the prize money to expand its international investor leadership
and increase its work with companies.
The organization received another significant
plaudit this week, when The Global Journal ranked its sixth
among the world's NGOs. According to the Swiss publication, the three most important criteria in
its rankings are impact, innovation, and sustainability.
"Ceres has managed to lead a
parallel normative shift in the corporate world when it comes to climate change, clean energy,
water scarcity and supply chain sustainability," The Global Journal stated. "Through an innovative
and effective approach based on leveraging the undeniable power of business and capital markets,
the organization has succeeded in influencing corporate governance practices to value the
competitive advantage promised by sustainable strategies."
"Ceres stands alone in the
non-profit world as an environmental NGO able to work collaboratively in partnership with the
private sector to spur significant and lasting reforms."