1. Sustainability: The Business Imperative

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    In the current context of economic volatility, population growth and increasing demands on natural resources, companies and investors recognize that addressing sustainability is the imperative for long-term success. 21st Century companies will drive sustainability from the board room to the copy room and through their supply chains, meeting expectations laid out in the Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability. This plenary discussion from the Ceres Conference 2012 in Boston, brings together leading business, investor and academic thought leaders who have successfully integrated sustainability into their analysis and business practices to get results. It is time to accelerate the actions of our individual organizations and to collaborate with other businesses, investors and stakeholders. The business case for sustainability is clear. Speakers include: Robert Eccles, Professor, Harvard Business School (moderator) Margaret Foran, Chief Governance Officer, Vice President, Corporate Secretary, Prudential Sarbjit Nahal, Head of ESG, SRI & Sustainability Research, BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research Anne Simpson, Senior Portfolio Manager, Investments, Head of Corporate Governance, California Public Employees’ Retirement System

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