Ceres Announces Leading Sustainability Advocates, Legal Experts as New Board Members
(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) Boston - June 22, 2011 - Ceres today announced it has added four new members to its Board of Directors: Carl Pope, chairman of the Sierra Club; Janet Ranganathan, vice president for Science and Research at the World Resources Institute (WRI); Peter Rosenblum, chair of the Business Department and partner at Foley Hoag LLP; and Damon A. Silvers, director of Policy and Special Counsel at the AFL-CIO.
Ceres is a Boston-based non-profit group that leads a national coalition of investors, environmental groups and other public interest organizations working with companies to address sustainability challenges such as global climate change and water scarcity. Since its inception in 1989, Ceres has achieved dramatic results, including persuading the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to issue formal guidance on climate change-related disclosure that companies must provide to investors in their financial filings, and releasing The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability, a vision and practical roadmap for integrating sustainability into the DNA of business.
Peter Rosenblum joins the Ceres Board having spent his career counseling a broad range of Foley Hoag LLP’s clients in diverse industries concerning business and regulatory matters, financing strategies and structuring of corporate transactions. Based in Boston, Rosenblum provides comprehensive representation to companies and non-profits in technology, energy, life sciences, investment management, consulting and other industries concerning corporate governance, financings, management compensation and succession and liquidity events. Rosenblum and Foley Hoag LLP have provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in pro-bono legal services to NGOs in Boston, including Ceres.
Damon A. Silvers is the director of Policy and Special Council for the Washington, DC-based AFL-CIO. With Silvers’ guidance, the AFL-CIO joined Ceres’ Investor-Business Roundtable for a Sustainable Economy, an initiative launched last month at the 2011 Ceres Conference to promote and encourage sustainable business practices. AFL-CIO pledged to work in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative, Taft-Hartley, public pension funds and private investors to create new financing mechanisms to boost investment and job creation in commercial building retrofits for energy efficiency and clean energy.
Ceres leads a national coalition of investors, environmental groups and other public interest organizations working with companies to address sustainability challenges such as global climate change and water scarcity. For more information, visit www.ceres.org.