It has been 25 years since Ceres, the Sustainability Leadership Advocacy organization, was formed by a small group of investors to further the adoption of sustainable business practices that could protect the planet while ensuring long-term prosperity for its people. What better way to celebrate a quarter century of progress than to attend the Ceres Annual Conference, held April 30th in Boston.  Attendees included a great blend of Asset Owners, Asset Managers and Corporates furthering the debate on establishing better business practices and standards. Among the key issues addressed during the two-day event: climate change, corporate responsibility and Ceres’ own benchmark report, “Gaining Ground: A Roadmap for Sustainability,” outlining the still spotty progress by corporations in adopting sustainable frameworks to meet pressing societal needs.

Tanya Khotin is Head of Institutional Business Development at Cornerstone Capital Inc. Previously she focused on sustainable investing opportunities at Hugo Neu Corp. and served as Head of the Russian Equities business in Moscow and Head of the Emerging Markets Institutional Sales Desk in New York at UBS.

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