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Brooke Barton

Brooke leads Ceres’ water program, directing the organization’s research and corporate and investor engagement on the risks and opportunities related to growing water scarcity.
Brooke Barton

Director, Water Program

Brooke leads Ceres’ water program, directing the organization’s research and corporate and investor engagement on the risks and opportunities related to growing water scarcity. She is the co-author of The Ceres Aqua Gauge: A Framework for 21st Century Water Risk Management and author of the 2010 Ceres study with Bloomberg and UBS looking at corporate water disclosure, Murky Waters: Corporate Reporting on Water Risk. Brooke also works with Ceres company members in the food and beverage sector, advising them on sustainability strategy and reporting, and coordinating dialogues between companies and their investor, NGO and labor union stakeholders.

Prior to Ceres, Brooke was a researcher for the Harvard Business School's Social Enterprise Initiative, where she wrote case studies and articles on the CSR strategies of multinational corporations in developing countries. While at Harvard, she co-edited Business Solutions for the Global Poor: Creating Economic and Social Value, a book examining over 20 business models for serving low-income consumers. Brooke's other professional experience includes communications and advocacy work with ACCION International, a microfinance NGO, and project evaluation with Catholic Relief Services in Bolivia. She holds a master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a B.A. in economics from Duke University. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

Recent Blog Posts

The Guardian UK

Why is Europe failing to take the energy-water connection seriously?

by Brooke BartonThe Guardian UK Posted on Nov 04, 2013

Concerns are intensifying in the US about the troubling interdependence of the economy's water and energy needs.

National Geographic

Campbell’s Challenge: Growing Lots of Tomatoes in Water-Scarce California

by Peyton Fleming and Brooke BartonNational Geographic Posted on Oct 22, 2013

Last month, Ceres’ water team got some insights into how Campbell Soup is preparing for a likely drier future during a half-day visit to the 38-year-old processing plant and two nearby farms.

GreenBiz.com

Ford prepares for a water-scarce future

by Brooke BartonGreenBiz.com Posted on Jun 17, 2013

Helen Keller said, "The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision." Her words were on my mind during a workshop at Ford Motor Company’s headquarters where Ford brought together some of its executives with outside stakeholders, kicking off a year-long effort to deepen its water strategy.

GreenBiz.com

Why water consciousness is a business imperative in China

by Brooke BartonGreenBiz.com Posted on Apr 16, 2013

Toxic industrial runoff, overdrawn ground water and even bloated pigs and dead ducks in major waterways. The list of China's water woes is long and appears to be growing.

GreenBiz.com

Can top corporations develop needed water solutions?

by Brooke BartonGreenBiz.com Posted on Feb 26, 2013

What’s one thing the Sisters of Mercy and the titans of Wall Street have in common? A deepening realization of water’s fundamental value.

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