Joan Bavaria Award

We’re celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Joan Bavaria Award in 2017!Bavaria Logo Nominate

Presented by Ceres and Trillium Asset Management, the Joan Bavaria Award for Building Sustainability into Capital Markets recognizes investors, businesses and NGO leaders who have helped move capital markets from a system focused on short-term profits toward one that balances financial prosperity with social and environmental health. Learn about eligibility and nomination requirements or submit a nomination for your sustainability hero today.

Past winners include: Christiana Figueres of the UNFCCC (2016), Geeta Ayer of Boston Common Asset Management (2015), Sister Patricia Daly of Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment (2014), Phil Angelides of Riverview Capital Investments (2013), Tessa Tennant of The Ice Organisation (2012), Peter Kinder of KLD Research & Analytics (2011 Impact Award), William Foote of Root Capital (2011 Innovation Award), Tim Smith of Walden Asset Management (2010 Impact Award), The Center for Political Accountability (2010 Innovation Award), Robert K. Massie (2009 Impact and Innovation Awards), the Enhanced Analytics Initiative (2008 Impact Award) and the Bainbridge Graduate Institute (2008 Innovation Award).

Our Congratulations to Christiana Figueres

Christiana Figueres

Christiana Figueres, the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), was awarded the 2016 Joan Bavaria Award for Building Sustainability into the Capital Markets. Figueres was recognized by Ceres and Trillium Asset Management for her leadership in bringing together governments, corporations, investors, communities of faith and nonprofit groups to achieve a historic global climate change agreement in Paris. She has been credited with forging a remarkable, new brand of collaborative diplomacy that enabled the Paris Agreement, which was signed by 175 countries on April 22. Throughout the negotiation process, Figueres focused on the economic opportunities of tackling climate change, which helped engage more companies and investor partners than ever before.

We invite you to watch Christiana Figueres’ acceptance speech below. More information about the announcement can also be found here.



Joan Bavaria was a pioneer of social investing, using her vision and passion to help catalyze change in the capital markets. She dedicated her life to exploring and developing all means of social investing and to educating and motivating other investors. Among other endeavors, she founded Trillium Asset Management and Ceres; her influence continues to be demonstrated by their efforts today. Ceres and Trillium Asset Management are proud to present the award in her honor.  Learn more about Joan.




Founded by Joan Bavaria, Trillium Asset Management is an employee-owned investment management firm with over $2 billion in assets under management. Trillium integrates Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors into the investment process as a way to identify the companies best positioned to deliver strong long-term performance. Learn more.


 Details about eligibility, nomination requirements and judging are available hereFor more information about the Joan Bavaria Award, please contact Brian Sant.