Senior Manager, Ceres
Jim Coburn is a senior manager, investor programs at Ceres. He directs Ceres’ efforts to improve mandatory
disclosure of environmental risks and opportunities by corporations.
A staff member since 2003, Jim collaborates with members of Ceres’ Investor Network on Climate Risk to
encourage the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to improve disclosure. He helped write a
2007 petition for SEC guidance on climate risk disclosure, which led the Commission to issue such guidance
in February 2010. From 2005-2006, he managed the international collaboration which created the Global
Framework for Climate Risk Disclosure, the first investor standard for comprehensive corporate climate risk
Jim directs Ceres’ involvement in the Climate Disclosure Standards Board, a global collaboration of
accounting firms, NGOs, and corporations developing standards for reporting in financial filings. He
collaborates with attorneys and investors to improve reporting in Canadian securities filings. He has also
worked with investor groups in the UK and Australia/New Zealand to develop industry-specific disclosure
Before joining Ceres, Jim worked for Morgan Stanley, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Co-op
America. He holds a BA in Government from Cornell University, a JD from Boston College Law School,
and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.