The Corporate Eco Forum (CEF) is an invitation-only membership organization for large companies that demonstrate a serious commitment to environment as a business strategy issue. CEF’s mission is to help accelerate sustainable business innovation by creating the best neutral space for business leaders to strategize and exchange best-practice insights. Members represent 18 industries and have combined revenues exceeding $3 trillion.
Participants are almost exclusively VP and C-level executives from a wide variety of functions – top sustainability officers plus CEOs, COOs, CIOs, CTOs, CFOs, VPs of Supply Chain – with some exceptions for director-level executives who are influencers within their organizations. CEF publishes experience-based research and industry reports, and provides a number of networking opportunities—including an annual meeting for members only.
The Corporate Eco Forum was founded in 2008 by M. R. Rangaswami's Sand Hill Group after extensive interviews with over 70 global business leaders revealed the need for a neutral forum for senior executives to speak candidly with their peers on sustainability challenges, best practices and innovation. CEF activities are directed by an Advisory Board and Leadership Council consisting of two dozen thought leaders, policy makers, CEOs, Chief Sustainability Officers and other C- suite executives. Recent research reports include "Show Me the Money: Demonstrating Green Business Value to Skeptics" and the September 2009 Harvard Business Review cover story, "Why Sustainability is Now the Key Driver of Innovation". In 2011, CEF Chair P.J. simmons co-authored (with Dan Esty) The Green to Gold Business Playbook: How to Implement Sustainability Practices for Bottom-Line Results in Every Business Function. CEF activities are supported by corporate membership dues.
Companies wishing to be considered as members may request an invitation to membership.