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Ceres/Acca Launch 2003 Sustainability Reporting Awards

Ceres, also known as the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies, in conjunction with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), is launching the Ceres-ACCA North American Sustainability Reporting Awards 2003 program. The purpose of the awards program is to contribute to reporting on sustainability, environmental and social issues by United States and Canadian corporations and other organizations by rewarding best practice and providing guidance to other entities that are publishing or intend to publish sustainability reports.
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Boston Oct 24, 2003

Ceres, also known as the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies, in conjunction with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), is launching the Ceres-ACCA North American Sustainability Reporting Awards 2003 program. The purpose of the awards program is to contribute to reporting on sustainability, environmental and social issues by United States and Canadian corporations and other organizations by rewarding best practice and providing guidance to other entities that are publishing or intend to publish sustainability reports.

"Hundreds of companies are trying to increase accountability to stakeholders by investing serious time and energy into reports disclosing their social and environmental impacts and performance. We think it is important to recognize innovation and leadership in such corporate reporting," said Mindy S. Lubber, executive director of Ceres. "We are proud to be working with the ACCA, one of the most important and globally-minded accounting organizations in the world, to advance this important trend toward improved disclosure and transparency in North America.

"The ACCA Reporting Awards in the UK, in Ireland, and in Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore and South Africa, reward organizations for excellence in environmental, social and sustainability reporting," said Rachel Jackson, head of Environmental and Social Issues, ACCA. "ACCA was pleased with the results of the US awards program launch with Ceres last year, and the collaboration with ACCA-Canada should serve to further expand the reach and promote the quality of disclosure practices throughout North America."

Any U.S.-based or Canadian company, institution or organization, or the American or Canadian subsidiary of a global company that produces environmental, social or sustainability reports is eligible. The three reporting award categories include Sustainability Reporting, Environmental Reporting and Social Reporting. The same report cannot be entered into more than one category. The awards will be given for reports published in year 2003 for year 2002 performance. Companies may apply on their own behalf or be nominated by others.

The awards are not intended to endorse or reward company performance in any of the three areas, but rather to reward disclosure that places company performance in the broader context of sustainability challenges, risks and opportunities. The judging criteria address completeness, credibility and quality of communication. A jury of eight to 10 members will include selected Ceres coalition members (public interest groups and investors), other US and Canadian leaders and experts representing a broad spectrum of backgrounds (e.g. NGO, policy, religion, investment and academia).

Green@Work magazine is serving as the communications partner for the awards program. Deadline for submissions is November 30, 2003. Award winners will be recognized at the Ceres 2004 annual conference on April 14-15 in Boston. For more information, call 617-247-0700 or visit:

For further information, please contact:
Debra Hall, Director of Accountability Programs
617-247-0700 xt. 22 hall@ceres.org

Nigel Hall ACCA
416-966-2225

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