Ceres 2021: Trends and Direct Actions
May 24, 2021 at 07:50 AM EDT
Every year hundreds of delegates flock to an annual conference hosted by Ceres, the influential non-profit organization, to strengthen the business case for sustainability.
The institutional investors, corporate executives, policy-makers and regulators arrive en masse to embark on a week of workshops, panels and seminars to help build a sustainable future for people and the planet.
The conference was held virtually for the second year running and Jordan Locke, a Consultant within our Responsible Investment and ESG practice, was on hand to gather valuable insights, trends and direct actions that policy-makers, corporations and institutional investors are undertaking during such a crucial year.
The non-profit community is a vital part of Ceres network and there was no shortage of big announcements from them this year.
Climate Action 100+’s first net-zero company benchmark for the world’s largest corporate emitters was announced during the conference, giving great insight into the progress large corporations are making, or not making, towards their commitments to net-zero.
This year’s conference saw some careful but positive messages from some of the world’s largest corporations across manufacturing, electronics, textiles and energy producers.
Policy-makers and Regulators
Nearly every session touched on the imperatives for US companies to take sustainability and net-zero commitments seriously now that the United States has re-joined the Paris Climate Accord. Encouragingly, the Biden Administration has made climate change a top priority and we saw a veritable parade of representatives at the federal and state level talk about upcoming initiatives and policies to meet those priorities. The main point was this: the goals of the Paris Agreement are great, but they are not in enough order to stop the global average temperature from rising above 1.5C.
Banking and Investment Community
The main theme we found was that the banking and investment community has woken up to the importance of Responsible Investment and the momentum is now on our side, but this is only a start.
At Ceres 2021, the broader climate, water and human rights challenges that we face globally could not be made clearer and it was inspiring and energizing to see that the movement that Ceres has spearheaded has reached a critical inflection point. A lot of the key players needed to address these monumental challenges were front and center during the conference, showing how they are working together to address these challenges head on. We look forward to seeing the progress made at next year’s Ceres conference.
If you attended the conference and wanted to discuss or were keen to speak further on the business case for sustainability, please get in touch with Jordan Locke at email@example.com or call directly at 917-728-1352.
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