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Ceres Conference 2010

Highlights, videos, photos and more from the Ceres Conference 2010 held in Boston, MA.

Roadmap for a Sustainable Future

In May 2010, more than 600 business and investor leaders, along with public interest groups and other stakeholders from our coalition, met in Boston for an engaging two-day program that mapped out some of the strategies and solutions needed to achieve a sustainable future, including the expectations set forth in our recently released The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability.

Keynotes and Plenaries

Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., gave a stirring and inspirational opening keynote calling for "disruptive progress" that will move beyond incrementalism and address the most pressing sustainability challenges on the horizon.

Maude Barlow, National Chairperson for Council of Canadians and Chair of Food and Water Watch, delivered an impassioned challenge to our corporate partners and others to conserve water resources due to the emerging global water scarcity crisis.

Maude joined Dorjee Sun, CEO of Carbon Conservation and 2009 TIME Magazine Hero for the Environment, Bill Green, Senior Managing Director of Macquarie Capital and Abyd Karmali, Managing Director and Global Head of Carbon Markets at Bank of America to discuss long-term threats to sustainability such as shrinking water supplies, deforestation and declining fossil fuel sources – and examine how business and investment leaders should incorporate these risks into their day-to-day and long-term decision making.

View select keynotes and plenaries from the Ceres Conference 2010 on our Vimeo channel.


More than a dozen workshops explored sustainability issues from sustainable corporate governance to energy efficiency to national climate policy.

2010 Conference Workshops included:

  • Copenhagen to Congress: Recent policy developments on energy and climate change
  • The 21st Century Utility: An emerging business model for a low-carbon economy
  • The Ripple Effect: Exploring financial risks along the water value chain
  • Risky Business: Putting human rights on the map of key business risks
  • Climate Change and ESG Disclosure: Views from the SEC and investors


Two awards are presented each year at the Ceres Conference.

The Ceres-ACCA North American Sustainability Reporting Awards recognize best practices in reporting on sustainability, environmental and social performance by corporations and organizations. The winners for the 2009 Ceres-ACCA Sustainability Awards were:

ACCA Winner Timberland 2010
Best Sustainability Report

The Timberland Company

Best Sustainability Report (Runner Up)

Ford Motor Company


Seventh Generation


The Joan Bavaria Awards for Building Sustainability into the Capital Markets recognize investors, corporations, and NGOs that have helped move the capital markets from a system focused on short-term profits toward one that balances financial prosperity with social and environmental health. The winners of the 2010 Bavaria Awards were:

Tim Smith, Bavaria Awards 2010
Impact Award

Tim Smith, Walden Asset Management

Innovation Award

The Center for Political Accountability

Video Interviews

We teamed up with 3BL Media to interview conference speakers and attendees about how they are integrating sustainability into their business models, investments strategies, advocacy work and more. View the videos below.

2010 Conference Sponsors

Thank you to the following sponsors for making the Ceres Conference possible.

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Media Partners

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2010 Participants

Representatives from the following companies, groups and organizations attended the Ceres Conference 2010.

3BL Media
ACS Green Chemistry Institute
AFL-CIO Office of Investment
American Airlines
American Electric Power
American Water
Anvil Knitwear, Inc.
APCO Worldwide
Appalachian Mountain Club
Appliance Standards Awareness Project
Arena Eco-Strategies
Arizona Public Service
Arnerich Massena, Inc.
Ars Agassiz
As You sow
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
Aveda Corporation
Avon Products, Inc.
Ballentine Partners
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Baxter Healthcare Corporation
Best Buy Co., Inc.
Bloomberg LP
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Bonneville Environmental Foundation
Booz Allen Hamilton
Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship
Boston Common Asset Management
Boston University Net Impact Undergrad
Breakthrough Strategies & Solutions
Brighter Planet, Inc.
BrightLeaf Group Inc.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Broadridge Financial Solutions
Brown-Forman Corp.
Bryant Miller Olive
Bryn Mawr College
Bunge Limited
Business and the Environment
Business for Social Responsibility
Calvert Investments
Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants
Carbon Conservation
Carbon Disclosure Project
Carbon Trust Foundation
Cedar Tree Foundation
Center for Political Accountability
Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress
Central Hudson Gas and Electric
Christian Brothers Investment Services
Citizens Market
Citizens Research and Environmental Watch
Clark University
Clean Economy Network
Clean Energy Group
Climate Change Capital / M.J. Bradley & Associates
Climate Earth, Inc.
Coastal Enterprises of Maine
College of the Atlantic
Columbia Business School
Compton Foundation
Conservation Law Foundation
Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.
Cooler, inc. Ltd
Council of Canadians
Covanta Energy
Cozen O'Connor
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
CRD Analytics
CT State Treasurer
CtW Investment Group
David Gardiner & Associates
Dell Inc.
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Delta Consultants
Deutsche Asset Management
Deutsche Bank
Domini Social Investments
Duke Energy
Duke University
Dunkin' Brands, Inc.
Earthwatch Institute
Eaton Corporation
eBay Inc
EcoLogic Development Fund
EcoLogical Solutions
Eileen Fisher
Electric Power Research Institute
EMC Corporatoin
Environmental Defense Fund
Ernst & Young
ESG Analytics, RiskMetrics Group
Estee Lauder Companies
Esty Environmental Partners
Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
Evergreen Consulting & Training
Exelon Corporation
Fierce Fern Consulting
First Affirmative Financial Network
Flagship Ventures
Flybridge Capital Partners
Foley Hoag LLP
Foraker Software
Ford Motor Company
Forest Footprint Disclosure
Forrester Research
Forum for the Future
Free Range Studios
Gap Inc.
General Electric
General Mills, Inc.
Global Currents Investment Nanagement
Global Energy Network Institute
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
Goodwin Procter LLP
Goulston & Storrs
Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment
Green America
Green Century Capital Management
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.
Green Mountain Power
Green Seal, Inc.
Greener World Media
Haley & Aldrich, Inc.
Hannaford Bros. Co.
Harrah's Entertainment
Harvard Business Review
Harvard Business School
Harvard Extension
Harvard Medical School
Hedstrom Associates
Heinz Family Foundation
Hess Corporation
IBM Corporation
Institute for Sustainable Communities
Inter-American Development Bank
Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
Interra Consulting
Investors Against Genocide
ITT Corporation
Johnson & Johnson
Jonathan Rose Companies
Jones Lang LaSalle
Keegan Werlin LLP
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co
Kumon North America, Inc.
Lake Effect
LeBlanc & Associates CPA
Legg Mason
Lens Governance Advisors
Leonardo Academy
Levi Strauss & Co.
Living on Earth
Local Authority Pension Fund Forum
Macquarie Capital
Marlboro College MBA in Sustainability
Martex Fiber/Jimtex Yarn
Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
McDonald's Corp.
Media Shower Productions
Merck & Co., Inc.
Merck Family Fund
Migdal Tefen Local Council
Milberg LLP
Millani - Perspective in Sustainable Investing
Miller/Howard Investments Inc
Mission Markets
MMA Praxis Mutual Funds
Molson Coors Brewing Company
Moody's Investors Service
Moxy Vote LLC
Nathan Cummings Foundation
National Grid
NativeEnergy Inc.
Natural Resources Defense Council
Neenah Paper
Nephila Capital
New Generation Energy
New York University
Nike Inc
Northeast Utilities
Northwest & Ethical Investments
Nypro, Inc
Office of the New York City Comptroller
Office of the New York State Comptroller
Ohio State University Fisher College of Business
Outdoor Industry Association
Oxfam America
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Pax World
Pax World Global Women's Equality Fund
PD Consulting Solutions
People 4 Earth
Phillips Van Heusen Corporation
Portfolio 21 Investments
Portland General Electric
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Presidio Graduate School
Principles for Responsible Investment
R.W. Beck
Recycled Paper Printing
Reilly Green and Associates
Resolution Capital Limited
RiskMetrics Group
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Rockefeller Financial
Rocky Mountain Institute
Root Capital
Russ Communications
S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
Sea Change Media
SEIU Master Trust
Sentinel Investments
Seventh Generation
Sierra Club
Slow Money
Smith Breeden Associates, Inc.
Social Investment Forum
Spartaucs Capital Giving Fund
Spectra Energy
SRI World Group/OneReport
Stakeholder Research Associates
State Street Corporation
State Street Global Advisors
StreamServe, Inc.
Suncor Energy
Sunoco, Inc.
SustainAbility, Inc.
Sustainable Asset Management
Sustainable Business Leader Program
Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston
Sustainable Business Strategies
Sustainable Endowments Institute
Sustainable Investments Institute
Swiss Re
Target Corporation
TD Bank Financial Group
Tellus Institute
TerraVerde Capital Management
The Alliance for Climate Protection
The Changebase
The Co-operators
The Co-operators Group Ltd.
The Corporate Library
The Educational Foundation of America
The Fair Trade Foundation
The Future 500
The McGraw-Hill Companies
The Nature Connection
The Rockefeller Foundation
The Scotts Company
The Sustainability Group
The TBLS Group
The Timberland Company
The World Bank
Thomson Reuters - ASSET4
TopTen USA
Trillium Asset Management Corp.
Trust Company of the West
Tuck School of Business
Tufts University
U.S Department of Commerce
U.S. Dept. of Energy
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
UL Environment
UN Human Rights Council
UN Office for Partnerships
Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
Union of Concerned Scientists
Unitarian Universalist Association
United Methodist Church General Board of Pension
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Pennsylvania
University of Phoenix/Apollo Group
University of Rhode Island
Verde Capital
VF Corporation
Victor House News Co.
Wainwright Bank & Trust Co
Walden Asset Management
Water Asset Management
Wells Fargo
Western Clean Energy Campaign/WRA
William Blackburn Consulting, Ltd.
Winslow Management Company
Women's Coalition for Energy and the Environment
Women's Network for a Sustainable Future
World Resources Institute
World Wildlife Fund
Yale School of Management, Millstein Center