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Disclose What Matters

What gets measured gets managed. What gets disclosed gets done.

Mandatory disclosure provides a critical foundation and framework for internal business discussions and decision making on sustainability. It also provides shareholders, investors and stakeholders with critical information to engage in the market and make short- and long-term investment decisions in a dynamic and evolving global economy.  Today’s two degree world demands that we continue to improve the quantity and quality of corporate disclosures globally.

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One of the first to call for increased transparency and disclosure and a broader definition of material risks to include sustainability, Ceres is a leading advocate for mandatory corporate disclosure of sustainability and climate risks at every level of the capital markets.  From corporate boardrooms and stock exchanges to securities exchanges and global standards-setting organizations we are committed.

Stronger corporate disclosure of sustainability risks has long been the bedrock of our work at Ceres. Our track record of reframing the conversation around disclosure and pushing for mandatory reporting includes launching the Global Reporting Initiative in 1989 and working with a diverse network of investor partners to persuade the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to issue the first-ever disclosure guidance for corporate reporting on climate change risks in 2010. And we’re still just getting started.

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Our ongoing vision and principles for Disclose What Matters is that companies provide robust disclosure of material sustainability issues and impacts in financial filings. These disclosures will be:

  • Consistent across all disclosure vehicles, including sustainability reports, financial filings and other forums;
  • Credible and comparable, and include both quantitative and qualitative information;
  • Informed by a long-term multi-stakeholder perspective;
  • Useful to stakeholders, including investors to inform investment decision-making and voting decisions.


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