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Ceres Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Special year-long program commemorates Ceres’ 20th year with launch of new sustainability agenda, Ceres 20•20

Ceres announced today the kickoff of a special year-long program to celebrate its 20th anniversary with the release of Ceres 20•20, a bold plan with four key pillars and ambitious goals designed to move businesses, investors and policymakers towards a sustainable global economy over the next decade. Ceres will host a series of special initiatives to call attention to the Ceres 20•20 agenda (www.ceres.org) throughout the anniversary year. Ceres was launched largely in response to the Exxon Valdez oil spill that occurred 20 years ago on March 24, 1989.
BOSTON Mar 09, 2009

Ceres announced today the kickoff of a special year-long program to celebrate its 20th anniversary with the release of Ceres 20•20, a bold plan with four key pillars and ambitious goals designed to move businesses, investors and policymakers towards a sustainable global economy over the next decade. Ceres will host a series of special initiatives to call attention to the Ceres 20•20 agenda throughout the anniversary year. Ceres was launched largely in response to the Exxon Valdez oil spill that occurred 20 years ago on March 24, 1989.

“Ceres was founded on the idea of bringing environmentalists and capitalists together to forge a new sustainable business model that protects the health of the planet and the long-term prosperity of its people,” said Ceres president Mindy S. Lubber. “In the last two decades, Ceres has introduced numerous tools to weave environmental and social challenges into company decision-making and the capital markets.  We will celebrate our anniversary year by engaging with our many stakeholders on how to accelerate these solutions—and the new Ceres 20•20 agenda—across the global economy.”

Ceres officially kicks off the Ceres 20•20 program with two events, the release of a report on water scarcity and climate change, and a Climate & Energy Policy thought-leader breakfast March 12 in Washington DC. The breakfast will feature EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and top executives from Nike, Starbucks and other leading consumer companies that are part of a Ceres-led business coalition, Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP). The breakfast will be held from 7:30-9:30 AM ET at the Willard Hotel in Washington D.C.

A collaborative effort with the Pacific Institute, Water Scarcity & Climate Change: Growing Risks for Businesses & Investors, outlines climate change impacts on global water scarcity and the growing financial risks it poses for businesses and investors. Breaking new ground, the report details water-related risks for eight water-intensive industries, and specific steps companies and investors should be taking to analyze and respond to water-related risks.

Upcoming Ceres 20•20 Events

  • On April 15-16, Ceres will celebrate its 20th anniversary at a gala dinner at the Ceres Conference 2009 in San Francisco. Ceres will unveil specifics on its Ceres 20•20 agenda and its ambitious goals for putting the global economy on a sustainable path by 2020. Other topics to be addressed at the conference include financial market reform, the future of green investing, a “Green New Deal” and the 21st century low carbon utility.
  • This fall, Ceres will release a report examining the financial risks of investing in Canada’s carbon-intensive oil sands, with a particular focus on risks from emerging state and federal low carbon fuel standards.
  • Ceres will close the anniversary year with its fourth Investor Summit on Climate Risk, to be held at the United Nations in New York City. The summit will bring together institutional investors, Wall Street leaders and CEOs from around the world to accelerate the response to climate change risks and the economic opportunities of a global transition to a clean energy future.

“Ceres 20•20 marks the next step of our journey and sets a new course for investors, businesses and policy leaders to help us achieve our vision of a truly sustainable global economy,” Lubber said.  “While we will celebrate our 20 years of accomplishments, this year marks the beginning of a new chapter and I look forward to working with our coalition partners to make Ceres 20•20 a reality.”

About Ceres

Ceres is the leading U.S. network of investors, environmental groups and other public interest organizations working with companies to address sustainability challenges. Ceres also directs the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a network of 78 institutional investors and financial firms with collective assets totaling nearly $7 trillion in assets focused on the risks and opportunities from climate change.

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