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Ceres Conference 2012

In April 2012 more than 500 business leaders, investors, environmentalists and policy-makers gathered at Ceres' annual conference in Boston, MA to accelerate the transition to a sustainable economy.

Igniting Innovation. Scaling Sustainability.

In April 2012 more than 500 business leaders, investors, environmentalists and policy-makers gathered at Ceres' annual conference in Boston, MA to accelerate the transition to a sustainable economy.

Conference Highlights

During the two day conference, we interviewed sustainability leaders from companies, investment firms and non-profit organizations about the sustainability issues they are facing and how they are responding. View the videos in the playlist below.

Program Highlights

EPA administrator Lisa Jackson and author and thought leader Jeremy Rifkin addressed the crowd with two inspiring keynote addresses, reminding us that, while we have made great progress, there is still much work ahead of us to achieve a sustainable global economy.

Wells Fargo: Announced substantial commitments to accelerate the transition to a ‘green’ economy, including $30 billion in loans and investments by 2020 to support green technologies such as energy efficiency, renewable energy and other environmental innovations.

SAP: Delivering on commitments made at last year’s Ceres conference, SAP announced the positive impact of new and enhanced energy-saving software solutions for its clients around the world. For manufacturers alone, these solutions led to 5.7 million tons of carbon pollution reductions and $500 million in energy savings in 2011.

Evaluating 600 Companies on Sustainability: Ceres and research firm Sustainalytics announced a new report assessing 600 U.S. companies on their progress on sustainability. The report findings – based on an analysis of how companies are responding to environmental and social challenges such as climate change, water scarcity and supply chain conditions – shows individual examples of strong leadership, but significant need for overall improvement.

Levi Strauss & Co: At last year's Ceres conference, Levi Strauss & Co. announced a bold commitment to improve factory and worker conditions in its global supply chain. The company's efforts to date on the project, done in close collaboration with Ceres, are outlined in a new white paper. The company is piloting the project at five factories in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Egypt, Haiti and Pakistan.

Awards

Joan Bavaria Award
Tessa Tennant, president and co-founder of The Ice Organisation, was awarded the fourth-annual Joan Bavaria Award for Building Sustainability into the Capital Markets. The Bavaria Award is presented annually by Ceres and Trillium Asset Management to an inspiring leader working to move capital markets toward a system that balances economic prosperity with social and environmental concerns. The award’s name honors Joan Bavaria, a pioneer of social investing who founded Ceres and Trillium Asset Management. Bavaria passed away in 2008.

Watch Tessa's acceptance video below:

Conference Photos

2012 Conference Sponsors

Convening Sponsor

Convening Sponsor

Lead Sponsors

Lead Sponsors

Leadership Circle

Leadership Circle

Roadmap Supporters

Roadmap Supporters

Carbon Offset Sponsor

Carbon Offset Sponsor

Supporting Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors

Media Partners

Media Partners

2012 Participants

3BL Media
ACCA
Addison
AEE
AEP
AFL-CIO
Alfa Corporativo
Alliance for Climate Education
Allstate Insurance Company
AMD
American Electric Power
American Rivers
American Sustainable Business Council
Antioch University New England
Anvil Knitwear, Inc.
AOPF/CH
Appalachian Carbon Partnership
As You Sow
Aveda Corporation
Avery Dennison
Avon Products, Inc.
Babson College
Bank of America
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Baxter Healthcare Corporation
Best Buy
Bloomberg LP
BNA News
Booz Allen Hamilton
Boston College
Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship
Boston Common Asset Management
Brand Potential
Breckinridge Capital Advisors
Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.
Brown-Forman Corp.
BSR
Business and the Environment
BuzzWord, Inc.
CA Technologies
California Public Employees' Retirement System
California State Teachers' Retirement System
Calvert Investments
Campbell Soup Company
Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants
Capital Dynamics, Inc.
Cater Communications
Cedar Tree Foundation
Choosing Green TV/Comcast
Christian Brothers Investment Services, Inc.
Citi
City of Boston, Office of Environmental and Energy Services
ClearBridge Advisors - ESG Investment
Climate Action Reserve
Climate and Sustainability Strategies
Climate Bonds Initiative
Climate Earth
Climate Nexus
ClimateWire
ClimateWorks Foundation
Columbia University
Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy
Cone Communications
Conservation Law Foundation
Consolidated Edison of New York, Inc.
Corporate Reports Inc.
CRD Analytics
CRedit360
CSRwire
Curran & Connors, Inc.
CVS Caremark
David Gardiner & Associates
Deckers Outdoor
Delhaize America
Dell Inc.
Designing ... Sustainability
Dogwood Alliance
Duke Energy
Duke University
Dunkin' Brands, Inc.
E2.org
Earth Day Network
Earth911, Inc.
Eastern Bank
eBay Inc
EILEEN FISHER
EIRIS
EMC Corporation
Empirical Asset Management
Energy Points
Environmental Protection Agency
ERM
Ernst and Young
Ethical Performance
Exelon
Fair Trade Foundation
Fidelity Investments
First Affirmative Financial Network, LLC
Foley Hoag LLP
Ford Motor Company
Forest Footprint Disclosure Project
Forum for the Future
Foundation on Economic Trends
Framework
Freelance
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.
FTSE
Gap Inc.
GE
General Mills
General Motors
Generation Investment Management
Georgia Power
GISR, Tellus
Global Greengrants Fund
Global Reporting Initiative
GMI Ratings
Goodwin Procter
Goulston & Storrs
Green America
Green Century Capital Management
Green for All
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
Green Seal
GreenBiz Group
Greenpeace
GSA
GW
Haley & Aldrich
Harvard Business School
Harvard Office for Sustainability
HDR, Inc.
Hedstrom Associates
Hormel Foods
Hypertherm, Inc.
IBM Corporation
ICCR
Ideas On Purpose
Impax Asset Management
Initiative for Responsible Investment
Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis
Institute of Sustainable Communities
Intel
Inter-American Development Bank
Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
Interlock Media/sitv
Investec Asset Management
Investor Environmental Health Network
Irbaris
IRRC Institute
iScale
JDK Consulting LLC
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Johnson & Johnson
Jones Lang LaSalle
Julie Sterling Photography
justenvironment
K&L Gates LLP
KBM & Associates
KeyBank
Keyframe Policy Consulting
Kohl's Department Stores
Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co. (KKR)
Laborers International Union of NA
Lapson Advisory
Laurie Burt, LLC
Law Office of Tina L. Sherwood
League of Conservation Voters
Legg Mason
Legg Mason Investment Counsel
Levi Strauss & Co.
Living on Earth
Los Angeles City Employees' Retirement System (LACERS)
M.J. Bradley & Associates, LLC
Marek Ventures, LLC
Marlboro Graduate School
Mars, Incorporated
Martha Smith-Independent Consultant
MDU Resources Group, Inc.
Merck Family Fund
Mercy Investment Services
MetaVu, Inc.
Microsoft
Miller/Howard Investments
Moxy Vote
MSCI
Murninghan Post
NAEM
National Grid
National Wildlife Federation
NativeEnergy
Natural Resources Defense Council
Nature Means Business
Nature of Business
Nephila Advisors
Nestle Waters North America
Net Impact - TBLS Group
Neuberger Berman
New Economics Institute
Nike, Inc.
Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM)
Northeast Utilities
NRG Energy, Inc
NYC Office of the Comptroller
Office of the Connecticut State Treasury
Office of the New York State Comptroller
Ohio State University
OpenEyeWorld
Oxfam America
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Park Foundation
Partnership for Strong Communities
Pax World
Pennsylvania Treasury Department
PepsiCo
Perkins+Will
PG&E
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Principles for Responsible Investment
Prudential Financial, Inc.
Prudential Insurance Co
PSEG
Public Policy Consulting
Pure Strategies
Quantis
Rasky Baerlein
RCM Capital Management
Regent Square Advisors
Renewable Funding
Responsible-investor.com
Rockefeller Financial Asset Management
Rocky Mountain Institute
Sarah Cleveland Consulting
SASB - Sustainability Accounting Standards Board
Saunders Hotel Group & ELS
Schultz & Williams
SEDEX - Supplier Ethical Data Exchange
Sentinel Investments
Service Employees International Union
Seventh Generation
Shell Oil Company
Sierra Club
Skoll Foundation
Smithfield Foods
Sodexo
Spectra Energy
Sprint
SRI World Group/OneReport
Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Staples, Inc
State Street Corporation
State Street Global Advisors
Strategy International
Stratos Inc.
Suncor Energy
SustainAbility
Sustainability Roundtable, Inc
Sustainable Asset Management
Sustainalytics
Swiss Re
TD Bank Group
The Co-operators Group Ltd
The Coca-Cola Company
The Estee Lauder Companies
The Future 500
The Nature Conservancy
The Regulatory Assistance Project
The Sustainability Group of Loring, Wolcott & Coolidge
The Walt Disney Company
The Washington Trust Company
Threadneedle Asset Management
TIAA-CREF
Timberland
Time Warner
TJX Companies
Tonejet Limited
TopTen USA
touchPoint Partners
Towers Watson Investment Services
Trillium Asset Management
Trucost
Tufts University
U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Green Building Council
UBS Investment Bank
UC Davis
Unitarian Universalist Association
United Nations Foundation
United to End Genocide
University of California, Irvine
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
US EPA
US SIF
Utah Clean Energy
Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB)
Vancity Credit Union
Verability
Verite
Victor House News Co.
Video4Good
VOX Global
Walden Asset Management
Wallace Global Fund
Water Asset Management
Watering Can Press
WBC/GHC
Wells Fargo
Western Clean Energy Campaign
Whirlpool Corporation
White House OSTP
Willis Re
Winslow Management, A Brown Advisory Investment Group
World Resources Institute
World Wildlife Fund
Xylem Inc.