INCR Working Groups
INCR Working Groups offer investors the opportunity to engage with their peers to share updates on key research, develop strategies, share best practices and advance ESG issues on a variety fronts, from corporate disclosure and performance to sustainable policy and regulations. Working groups meet monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly via phone or web meeting and are supported by INCR staff.
Carbon Asset Risk Working Group
This working group focuses on developing strategy and tactics for engaging fossil energy companies on risks associated with their development of carbon reserves and related capital expenditures, as well as risk from physical impacts of climate change, coordinating engagements, and advancing analysis of these risks as a mainstream financial and investment issue. For more information, contact Shanna Cleveland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
INCR Policy Working Group
Investors in this working group engage federal and state policy makers on key climate, energy and sustainability issues through a variety of vehicles, including in-person meetings, letters, and op-eds. The group also facilitates international investor collaboration on global investor statements and events. Meets monthly. To join, contact Ryan Martel at email@example.com.
INVESTOR INITIATIVE FOR SUSTAINABLE EXCHANGES WORKING GROUP
This working group offers investors engagement opportunities with U.S. and global stock exchanges on environmental, social and governance issues, with the goal of improving exchanges' guidance for listed companies through a listing standard on sustainability (ESG) reporting. To join, contact Rachel Fricke.
Investor Water Hub
The Investor Water Hub undertakes activities that help drive greater consideration of water in investment decision-making. This group offers peer-to-peer sharing of leading ESG and water integration and engagement practices and a forum to develop more effective research methods to assess water risks and opportunities. The Hub also explores ideas that help drive investing in solutions that support sustainable water resources for generations to come. To join, contact Monkia Freyman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shareholder Initiative on Climate and Sustainability (SICS)
This working group coordinates the efforts of investors seeking to engage investee companies on climate, clean energy and related sustainability risk and opportunity issues through filing shareholder proposals and related corporate engagements on key ESG issues. The goal is to reduce long-term portfolio-wide risks and enhance returns. To join, contact Rob Berridge at email@example.com.
Family Offices and Family Foundations Initiative Working Group
This working group, open specifically to the family office and family foundation members of the INCR, provides events-based programming and peer-to-peer learning opportunities focused on integrating climate risk into investment policies and practices and on investment strategies for positive climate impact. The goal of the group is sharing of both member best practices and thought leadership of Ceres and its partners, to catalyze progress toward climate-wise portfolio management. To join, contact Lindsey White at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green Bonds Working Group
This working group will focus on developing investor expectations for the rapidly growing green bonds market and providing guidance to issuers and underwriters on issues such as types of projects financed, use of applicable standards, disclosures of use of proceeds, reporting on project performance and environmental benefits, and third-party verification. For more information, please contact Peter Ellsworth at email@example.com.
DEFORESTATION WORKING GROUP
This working group will assess investment risks and opportunities associated with deforestation and develop effective strategies for engaging portfolio companies whose commodity sourcing or production practices contribute to global greenhouse gas emissions caused by deforestation. The group will collaborate with global investors on deforestation-related commodity risks and seek to engage with multi-stakeholder initiatives and policymakers to support widespread adoption of sustainable commodity production practices. For more information, please contact Nathalie Wallace at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOW CARBON/CLEAN ENERGY INVESTMENT WORKING GROUP
This working group examines the opportunities for low carbon and clean energy investments in the public and private markets, across asset classes, with a goal of helping to build the market and grow the amount of capital allocated to “climate solutions” investments. Participants will include asset owners and investment managers who will share challenges, solutions, resources and success stories related to identifying, developing, evaluating and committing capital to strategies that incorporate low carbon and/or clean energy objectives. For more information, please contact Kirsten Spalding at email@example.com or Peter Ellsworth at firstname.lastname@example.org.