CERES

  • Ceres' policy coalition, Businesses for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy
(BICEP) and the Council on Environmental Quality co-hosts a White House event convening leaders in the IT
industry to discuss sustainability.
    Ceres' policy coalition, Businesses for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) and the Council on Environmental Quality co-hosts a White House event convening leaders in the IT industry to discuss sustainability.
  • Anne Kelly, Co-Director of Ceres' policy program, monitors a panel with Justin Zeulner of the
Portland Trail Blazers and Sarah Severn of Nike at BICEP's green sports event at the White House.
    Anne Kelly, Co-Director of Ceres' policy program, monitors a panel with Justin Zeulner of the Portland Trail Blazers and Sarah Severn of Nike at BICEP's green sports event at the White House.
  • Grant:
    Engaging Insurers, Consumer-Facing Brands, and Other Major Companies on Climate and Clean Energy
    Program:
    Climate & Energy
    Location:
    International

Ceres is poised to accelerate efforts to shape a political environment that will foster bold climate and energy policy action.

Ceres primarily accomplishes this in three ways.  

First, they harness the power of the insurance industry to reinforce the reality and economic significance of climate change. Climate change poses a profound threat to the insurance industry – which is already experiencing massive losses due to extreme weather – making insurers natural allies in pressing for climate action.  Insurance is the world’s largest industry, with $23 trillion in invested assets globally. 

Secondly, they steward, strengthen and grow Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP), Ceres’ policy coalition of 24 major consumer-facing brands which publicly support climate and clean energy policies across the U.S.  Ceres mobilizes and deploys BICEP members (such as Nike, Levi Strauss & Co, KB Home and Limited brands) and BICEP prospects in advocating for climate and clean energy policies -- bringing the critical business voice to the policy debate, building the business case for bold policies and directly countering the opposition's economic arguments against climate and clean energy action. 

Finally, they spur and enable major companies to take bold action and public leadership on climate and clean energy. Ceres engages with 70 companies, including 30 Fortune 500 companies, through high-level meetings and multi-stakeholder engagements -- pushing companies to set climate and clean energy goals, to disclose their goals publicly and to build on this leadership to become policy advocates.