Jim Coburn

Current Activities:

Encouraging financial regulators to improve reporting on sustainability issues, with a focus on climate risks, especially carbon asset risks to oil and gas, coal and electric power companies.  Engaging with analysts and rating agencies to encourage them to incorporate carbon asset risks into their work.


I work at Ceres to reduce the financial risks of ESG issues to businesses through collaboration with institutional investors, research and engagement with policymakers.  I have extensive experience working with domestic and international NGOs, Congressional staff and federal regulators.

I collaborate with public pension funds, state treasurers, socially responsible investors, labor funds, religious investors and asset management firms to improve corporate responses to the risks and opportunities posed by climate change.  My focus is improving mandatory climate and sustainability risk disclosure by corporations.  I led an initiative that resulted in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s issuance of climate disclosure guidance in 2010 and continue working to make the guidance more effective.


  • Climate risk disclosure in financial filings
  • Voluntary and mandatory carbon asset risk disclosure
  • Analyst research on sustainability issues

Email: coburn[at]ceres.org

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/jim-coburn/3/301/415

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JimCoburn7