1. Joan Bavaria, a pioneer of social investing whose vision and humanity helped catalyze change in the capital markets, passed away on November 18 at her home in Marblehead, MA after a prolonged battle with cancer. Bavaria dedicated her life to exploring and developing all means of social investing and to educating and motivating other investors.

    She co-founded the Social Investment Forum in 1981, an organization of research, advisory, banking and community loan fund organizations dedicated to advancing socially responsible investing. A year later, she founded Trillium Asset Management, the first U.S. firm dedicated to developing social research on publicly traded companies. Her pioneering work there laid the groundwork for the tremendous growth and interest in the socially responsible investing industry today. Bavaria co-founded Ceres in 1989, with a mission to move companies, financial markets and policy makers to find solutions to sustainability challenges such as global climate change.

    This video tribute was created by Ceres Board Member Paul Freundlich for the second annual Bavaria Awards ceremony held at the Ceres Conference 2009.

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  2. Bob Massie was honored tonight by Ceres and Trillium Asset Management as this year’s winner of two Joan Bavaria Awards for Building Sustainability into the Capital Markets. Massie received both awards, the Bavaria Award for Innovation and the Bavaria Award for Long-Term Impact. The awards honor the late Joan Bavaria, a pioneer of social investing who founded both Ceres and Trillium Asset Management. Bavaria passed away last November. For more information about the Bavaria Awards, visit http://www.ceres.org/bavaria_awards

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  3. With the worst economic crisis in decades, we now have the opportunity to ask: how can we build a more just and sustainable capitalism? How can we overcome challenges such as short-termism, poor governance and regulation, misaligned compensation and incentive systems, lack of transparency, and inadequate accounting for ecological and social factors? Developing a sustainable capitalism will take many reforms, including doing a better job of valuing environmental and social factors in investor and company decision-making.

    Panelists include:
    Stephen Davis, Senior Fellow, Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance, Yale School of Management (moderator)
    David Blood, Senior Partner, Generation Investment Management
    Leslie Lowe, Director of Energy & Environment Program, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
    David Wyss, Chief Economist and Managing Director, Standard & Poor’s

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  4. As financial markets tighten and social and environmental problems become more pressing, how should companies respond? What are the actions that shareholders, board members, and executives must take to integrate sustainability into the corporate DNA and reposition their companies to be competitive in the 21st century? Watch this discussion about innovative new business models that have the potential to transform business as usual.

    Panelists Include:

    Andrea Moffat, Senior Director, Corporate Programs, Ceres (moderator)

    Hannah Jones, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, Nike

    Lauralee Martin, CFO and COO, Jones Lang LaSalle

    Dan Reicher, Director of Climate and Energy Initiatives, Google.org

    Ken Sylvester, Assistant Comptroller for Pension Policy, New York City Comptroller

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  5. Lester Brown, Author; Founder and President, Earth Policy Institute, delivers the keynote on the second day of the Ceres Conference in San Francisco.

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Ceres Conference 2009—Achieving a Sustainable Global Economy


By factoring social and environmental costs into business accounting, setting new standards for sustainability leadership, accelerating 'green' innovation and adopting smart new policies that reward clean solutions, we can create a future economy that…

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By factoring social and environmental costs into business accounting, setting new standards for sustainability leadership, accelerating 'green' innovation and adopting smart new policies that reward clean solutions, we can create a future economy that is livable, safe and just for everyone.

Ceres, the world's largest network of investors, environmentalists, social activists and companies united for sustainable prosperity, is uniquely positioned to lead on these issues, to challenge conventional thinking and to advance a sustainable global economy.

We convened over 500 business leaders, investors, academics and environmentalists at the Ceres Conference 2009 in San Francisco on April 15-16. These videos are highlights from the conference.

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