“A sustainable economy needs a sustainable planet” contends global non-profit organisation Ceres, which works to build and promote sustainability-driven leadership among some of the world’s most influential companies and investors “to drive solutions throughout the economy ... and take stronger action on the world’s biggest sustainability challenges, including climate change, water scarcity and pollution, and human rights abuses”.
Part of Ceres’ efforts to promote a sustainability-driven global economy is its annual conference. Building on the “huge success” of 2017’s event in San Francisco, the 2018 Ceres Conference (24-27 April) in Boston, Massachusetts will bring together more than 600 of the world’s most influential investors, company executives and capital market leaders for two days of knowledge exchange on sustainable investment across all sectors of the global economy.
At Ceres Conference in Boston, you’ll hear the business case for sustainability and learn from a wide-range of forward thinking investors, C-Suite company executives and capital market leaders how to build leadership and drive positive change within your firm or organisation.
The 2018 Ceres Conference will take place at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts, between Tuesday 24 and Friday 27 April. It begins with a half-day of members-only sessions, followed by two days of back-to-back plenary sessions, speaker-led discussions, networking breaks and social events, with a half-day’s field trip on the Friday morning.
The 2018 Conference program will focus on the latest sustainability trends, challenges and innovative breakthroughs on issues related to:
- corporate board governance;
- clean energy investing;
- the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals;
- electric vehicle charging infrastructure;
- ESG disclosure;
- sustainable agriculture and food production; and more.
According to Ceres, delegates can look forward to “compelling, content-rich sessions, engaging keynotes and valuable networking opportunities”.
Featured speakers at the 2018 Ceres Conference will include:
- David Blood, Co-founder and Senior Partner, Generation Investment Management;
- Caroline Choi, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs at Southern California Edison;
- Michelle Edkins, Managing Director and Global Head of BlackRock Investment Stewardship;
- James Forese, President, Citigroup and CEO, Institutional Clients Group;
- Mindy S. Lubber, Ceres CEO and President;
- Dawn M. Martin, Ceres Chief Operating Officer;
- Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation; and
- Bruno Sarda, Head Of Sustainability at NRG.
Presented by Ceres and Trillium Asset Management at Ceres’ annual conference, the Joan Bavaria Award for Building Sustainability into Capital Markets recognises investors, businesses and NGO leaders who’ve helped move capital markets from systems focused on short-term profits toward those that balance financial prosperity with social and environmental health.
Accolades for the 2017 Ceres Conference
According to Vice President of Sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co. Michael Kobori, the 2017 Ceres Conference was “one of the best sustainability conferences I have ever attended in my 20 years in the business. Top-quality speakers who know their stuff, expert facilitation, and the courage to tackle challenging issues are the hallmarks of a great conference and Ceres Conference 2017 delivered on all of these.”
Check out the ‘Appetites for Change: Where Food Meets Finance’ panel discussion from the 2017 Ceres Conference below.
Conference registration and further information
To register for the 2018 Ceres Conference, visit the official online registration page.
For information on rates and closing dates, click here. Note that earlybird registrations close on 23 February 2018.