Ep 110: Mindy Lubber, CEO and President of Ceres


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In today’s episode, we cover:

  • What is Ceres and its mission
  • How it works with capital markets and companies to integrate climate risks into their planning
  • The role of Ceres as an advocacy organization and relationship with companies
  • The genesis of Ceres and how it came into being
  • Ceres’ 30-year history since the Exxon Valdez oil spill
  • Mindy’s multi-disciplinary legacy working in climate change advocacy
  • The necessity to re-align major corporations toward the goals of the Paris Accord
  • How change and impact requires a multi-faceted strategy and effort
  • How the problem of climate change has evolved since Mindy first started her career
  • Why changing the public policy framework around setting climate rules is critical
  • Important political levers for enacting change
  • What motivates companies to address climate change and sustainability
  • How Ceres selects companies to engage with
  • The types of changes and policies Ceres strives to implement with its corporate partners
  • The distinction between “sustainability” and “climate”
  • The role of a sustainable leader within a corporation
  • What are the biggest barriers to change for companies to date
  • How companies report and measure their sustainability initiatives
  • Mindy’s perspective on the long-term implications of COVID-19 on climate change
  • The need for more attention on climate change as it relates to the developing world
  • Opportunities for individuals who want to take action on climate change

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