Ceres Conference 2010
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:
Best Sustainability Report
The Timberland Company
Best Sustainability Report (Runner Up)
Ford Motor Company
BEST SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISE (SME) REPORT
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, Walden Asset Management
The Center for Political Accountability
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.