No matter the political winds, global sustainability challenges are bigger than ever and the urgency for business leadership is paramount.
Good governance, transparency, stakeholder engagement and bottom line performance are all hallmarks of a truly sustainable and profitable 21st century corporation. Across the globe, leading investors and corporations are accelerating innovative sustainable solutions that are building long-term value, while protecting the health of our planet and the economy.
Still, far more needs to be done to meet the colossal threat of climate change and other sustainability challenges that impact all corners of the world, and all layers of society. Ensuring fair and just treatment of workers across global supply chains; investing the trillions of dollars needed to provide clean, affordable energy; adopting meaningful and supportive public policies; increasing efficiencies to deal with water scarcity; and decoupling food production from environmental degradation and human rights abuses. These are all issues of great magnitude, but they are only achievable if they are fully integrated into the bottom line.
Join us at the Ceres Conference 2017 in San Francisco as we hear from leaders who are catalyzing the biggest breakthroughs on these issues and recognize that, regardless of political headwinds, sustainability is the bottom line.
Ceres is a non-profit organization advocating for sustainability leadership. We mobilize a powerful network of investors, companies and public interest groups to accelerate and expand the adoption of sustainable business practices and solutions to build a healthy global economy.
Wespath Investment Management
Wespath Investment Management is the investments division of Wespath Benefits and Investments, a general agency of The United Methodist Church, managing over $21 billion in assets. Kirsty joined Wespath in May 2014 to lead the Sustainable Investment Strategies (SIS) team. SIS ensures that environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are integrated into Wespath’s investment selection and monitoring process. She also directs Wespath’s corporate engagement and proxy voting activities. Previously, Kirsty was director of the Markets and Enterprise Program at the World Resources Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based global research organization. She also spent eight years as a Director of Governance and Sustainable Investment at F&C Asset Management in London and six years in the Fixed Income division of Goldman Sachs International in London. Kirsty currently sits on the board of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre. She received an M.A. degree in International History from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
New York State Common Retirement Fund
Vicki Fuller is Chief Investment Officer for New York State's Common Retirement Fund. As of March 31, 2016, the estimated value of the Fund was $178.6 billion. Under the direction of State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, Fuller is responsible for developing and implementing investment strategies to ensure that the Fund remains one of the best-funded and best-managed public pension plans in the country. The Fund holds assets in trust for more than one million employees and retirees from state and local authorities. Previously Fuller was with Alliance Berstein for nearly 30 years, most recently as a Managing Director. Fuller has been named one of the most powerful African Americans on Wall Street by Black Enterprise. She has also received special recognition from the Financial Women's Association - Woman of the Year Award in 2014, National Association of Securities Professionals - New York Chapter - Wall Street Hall of Fame, the SEO Reginald F. Lewis Achievement Award, and Chief Investment Officer Magazine's "Power 100." She earned her MBA from the University of Chicago and her BSBA from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Vicki is a Certified Public Accountant.
Maine Public Employees Retirement System
Andrew Sawyer is the Chief Investment Officer of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System a $12.5 billion state-wide pension fund. Prior to working at MainePERS, Andrew worked for TD Bank, Raytheon Company, Prime Buchholz & Associates, and Fuji Bank. Andrew is a CFA and a CAIA charter holder. Andrew earned a BA from the University of Maine and an MBA from Pace University. He serves as a trustee and investment committee chairman for Holderness School, Mitchell Institute, MaineHealth.
Mindy S. Lubber is the President and a founding board member of Ceres, a non-profit organization that is mobilizing many of the world’s largest investors and companies to take stronger action on climate change, water scarcity and other global sustainability challenges. She directs Ceres’ Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a group of more than 120 institutional investors managing more than $15 trillion in assets focused on the business risks and opportunities of climate change. Mindy also oversees engagements with 100-plus companies, many of them Fortune 500 firms, committed to sustainable business practices and the urgency for strong climate and clean energy policies. In 2016, Mindy received the Climate Visionary Award from the Earth Day Network, and the William K. Reilly Award for Environmental Leadership from the Center for Environmental Policy at American University. The December 2015 online edition of Vogue Magazine featured Mindy as one of their “Climate Warriors”, one of the top 13 women advancing the Paris Climate Agreement at the UN Conference at COP21. In 2010, Mindy was honored by the United Nations and the Foundation for Social Change as one of the “World’s Top Leaders of Change” for her work in mobilizing leading companies to integrate environmental challenges into core business strategies. She is also a recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and was named one of “The 100 Most Influential People in Corporate Governance” by Directorship magazine.
As the Program Director of Food and Capital Markets, David leads Ceres' work in a multi-organization collaboration working to enhance the sustainability of key food supply chains, with a particular focus on commodities associated with deforestation and illegal fishing. David began his career working at Microsoft, where he co-founded the Microsoft Green Team, and continued corporate work at REI and at L.L. Bean, where he headed Product Research, Testing and Environmental Affairs. As a former management consultant, he’s helped investors and corporations reduce the risk associated with Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues in global supply chains and recently wrote and filmed an 18-part learning series on Linked In’s learning channel, Lynda.com, teaching about his experiences. David has led two international NGOs focused on improving environmental and social conditions in forest-dependent and agricultural communities and helped found the for-profit social enterprise company, Cotton Connect, a 2012 Ethical Corporation Magazine award finalist for world’s most innovative company.
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