NAEM's 2018 Corporate Sustainability Management Conference

Brooke Barton, Senior Program Director, Water & Food Programs; CERES


Brooke is the senior director of water and food at Ceres.


She directs Ceres' strategy for mobilizing leading investors and companies to address the sustainability risks facing our freshwater, food and agriculture systems. In this capacity, she oversees Ceres’ research and private sector engagement activities on the financial risks associated with growing freshwater challenges and deforestation.


Brooke is the co-author of The Ceres Aqua Gauge: A Framework for 21st Century Water Risk Management and three studies focused on agricultural water risks facing the food sector: the 2017 Feeding Ourselves Thirsty: Tracking Food Company Progress Towards a Water-Smart Future, as well as the first benchmarking analysis that was released in 2015, and Water and Climate Risks Facing U.S. Corn Production. Previously, Brooke directly advised Ceres Company Network members in the food and beverage sector on strategies for enhancing the overall sustainability of their operations and supply chains.


Prior to Ceres, Brooke was a researcher for the Harvard Business School's Social Enterprise Initiative, where she wrote case studies and articles on the integration of business strategy and sustainability. She holds a master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a bachelor's degree in economics from Duke University. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

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