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Sustainable finance is a relatively new enough concept that it can encompass everything from climate change solutions and infrastructure development to better healthcare systems, improved education and the overall well-being of communities. But as often is the case, each of these purposeful challenges begins with the task of gathering enough partners – some with opposing viewpoints — to identify a common cause, or commitment where participants can create a potent and lasting impact. At the heart of any effective campaign is the “meeting of minds,” so to speak, which brings us to an examination of the Art of Negotiation.

Katrina Stanislaw holds a Masters of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, where she focused on sustainability and negotiations. She is a Manager in the Corporate Program at Ceres, where she advises financial services companies on sustainable business strategies, including performance, disclosure and stakeholder engagement processes.