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Ceres Principles

  • By: Daniel E. Palmer
  • In: Green Business: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Nevin Cohen & Paul Robbins
  • Subject:Sustainability, Environmental Policy & Law (general)

The Ceres Principles are a set of 10 core principles concerning corporate environmental conduct, intended for public adoption by companies in acknowledgment of their commitment to environmental stewardship. Ceres, an acronym for the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economics, was formed in 1989, and includes a diverse group of U.S. environmental organizations, socially responsible investors, public pension funds, labor unions, religious organizations, and other concerned groups. The founding goal of the group was to encourage corporations to commit to environmentally responsible and sustainable forms of business practice.

By bringing together environmental groups, investors, and other significant stakeholders, the mission of Ceres was to use the collective power of a diverse array of stakeholders to persuade the business community to recognize environmental values and adopt more environmentally responsible ...

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