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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 business practices.

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 performance.

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."

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