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Shareholders Challenge TXU on New Coal Plants and Energy Efficiency
Dec 08, 2006
December 8, 2006 – Leading institutional investors this week filed shareholders resolutions with the TXU Corp. regarding the company’s plan to build 11 new pulverized coal-burning power plants in Texas at an estimated cost of $10 billion.
Ceres Annual Report: 2005 and Beyond
Dec 06, 2006
December 2006 - By engaging directly with companies, by promoting leading-edge environmental and social disclosure, by leveraging our unique access to investors, Ceres is finding smart, workable solutions to society's most pressing sustainability challenges &mdash not the least among them, global warming.
Questions and Answers for Foundations on Proxy Voting
Nov 06, 2006
November 2006 - A growing number of foundations are taking ownership of their proxies. Investors are looking with increasing favor on shareholder proposals asking companies to disclose potential liabilities related to global warming, issue broad-based reports on sustainability impacts, monitor their political contributions, or report on their fair employment policies. This guide serves as a reference for foundations seeking to ensure their endowments generate income as well as align with their principal mission.
Global Framework for Climate Risk Disclosure
Oct 06, 2006
October 2006 - A unique global partnership of 14 leading institutional investors and other organizations representing trillions in assets today released the Global Framework for Climate Risk Disclosure to provide specific guidance to companies regarding the information they provide to investors on the financial risks posed by climate change.
Guide to Using the Global Framework for Climate Risk Disclosure
Oct 06, 2006
October 2006 - The Guide is a companion tool for using the Framework. For each of the four elements of the Framework, the Guide provides specific guidance for companies about how to disclose using the most common reporting mechanisms for climate risk: securities filings, the Global Reporting Initiative, and the Carbon Disclosure Project. The Guide also contains examples of disclosure from leading companies using these disclosure mechanisms.
Best Practices in Climate Change Risk Analysis for the Electric Power Sector
Oct 01, 2006
October 2006 - With input from investors, financial firms and electric power companies, this report outlines actions that power companies and Wall Street firms should take to address the financial risks posed by climate change. The report highlights best practices in climate risk disclosure by electric power companies and specific steps that investors, analysts and companies should take to improve their analysis of the risks that future climate change regulations pose for power companies.
From Risk to Opportunity 2006: How Insurers Can Proactively and Profitably Manage Climate Change
Aug 06, 2006
August 2006 - Dozens of new insurance activities, such as 'green' building credits and incentives for investing in renewable energy, are emerging to tackle the causes of climate change and rising weather-related losses in the U.S. and globally, according to a major new report issued today by the Ceres investor coalition.
Ceres 2004-2005 Sustainability Report
Aug 06, 2006
August 2006 - Sustainability reporting can benefit all organizations and companies, regardless of their size or type of organization. This new report focuses on Ceres' 2004 and 2005 operations and impacts.
ExxonMobil's Corporate Governance on Climate Change
May 06, 2006
May 2006 - Ceres analysis of two new reports from ExxonMobil finds no meaningful advances on climate change, and continued shareholder risks due to lack of leadership on renewable energy.
New Report: Wall Street Analysts Concerned about Impact of Oil Prices, Energy Policies and Climate Risk on Auto Sector Companies
Apr 28, 2006
April 28, 2006 – A new Ceres report released today finds that the uncertainty in the U.S. regarding the future course of energy and climate change policy is a major problem for investors and Wall Street analysts in assessing the value of auto companies, and that analysts need better disclosure from auto companies about their strategies for managing the risks and capturing the opportunities posed by new energy and climate change policies taking effect worldwide.
Climate Risk and Energy in the Auto Sector
Apr 06, 2006
April 2006 - The report, Climate Risk and Energy in the Auto Sector - Guidance for Investors and Analysts on Key Off-balance Sheet Drivers, highlights key findings from an auto analyst briefing where Wall Street analysts, institutional investors, and auto industry experts gathered to discuss the impacts of high oil prices, fuel efficiency and foreseeable climate change regulations on the future of the auto industry. The Ceres report analyzes several key trends that could affect the valuation of auto companies' securities.
Benchmarking Air Emissions of the 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the United States 2004
Apr 06, 2006
April 2006 - A new report evaluating air pollution trends at the nation's 100 largest electric power producers shows that emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) have fallen markedly in recent years, but carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions increased and will likely spike in coming years.
2005 Ceres ACCA Sustainability Reporting Awards Judges Report
Apr 06, 2006
April 2006 - The judges report for the 2005 Ceres-ACCA North American Sustainability Reporting Awards. The winners were announced at the April 2006 Ceres annual conference in Oakland, California.
Nike & Hewlett-Packard Win Ceres-ACCA Sustainability Reporting Awards
Apr 05, 2006
Nike Inc. and Hewlett-Packard received the top sustainability reporting awards today in an international competition hosted by the Boston-based Ceres coalition and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). The winners, selected from a record 87 nominations, also included Seventh Generation in Burlington, VT, Dofasco in Hamilton, Ontario and Gap, Inc. in San Francisco, CA. The five winners were announced at the Ceres annual conference today at the Oakland Marriott.
Investors and Consumers Urge Fidelity, Vanguard and American Funds to Take Action on Global Climate Change
Mar 29, 2006
March 29, 2006 – More than 38,000 investors and consumers today called on the nation's three largest mutual fund companies - including Boston-based Fidelity - to focus their attention on the financial implications of global warming. The three mutual fund families collectively manage more than $1 trillion in assets.
BP Receives Top Score in First-Ever Ranking of 100 Global Companies on Climate Change Strategies
Mar 21, 2006
After years of inaction, a growing number of leading U.S. companies are confronting the business challenges from global warming, recognizing that greenhouse gas limits are inevitable and that they cannot risk falling behind their international competitors in developing climate-friendly technologies. Some U.S. companies, such as General Electric, are catching up and joining Cinergy and Alcoa in leading their industries. But many others are still largely ignoring the climate issue with 'business as usual' strategies that may be putting their companies and shareholders at risk.
2006 Corporate Governance and Climate Change: Making the Connection
Mar 20, 2006
March 2006 - The 2006 Corporate Governance and Climate Change: Making the Connection report includes a 30-page summary report comprised of the executive summary, the climate governance scoring criteria, the 100 company scores and sector-specific findings. The report also includes 2- to 3-page profiles on each of the companies evaluated.
Ceres Releases Corporate Toolkit for Managing Climate Change
Jan 20, 2006
January 20, 2006 – Ceres and the Investor Network on Climate Risk have published a 24-page "toolkit" to help companies address the strategic and financial challenges associated with global climate change.
Managing the Risks and Opportunities of Climate Change: A Practical Toolkit for Corporate Leaders
Jan 06, 2006
January 2006 - Ceres and the Investor Network on Climate Risk have published a new toolkit to help corporate leaders and directors address the strategic and financial challenges associated with global climate change.
Unexamined Risk: How Mutual Funds Vote on Climate Change Shareholder Resolutions
Jan 06, 2006
January 2006 - The new Ceres report shows that top 100 mutual funds in U.S. did not support any climate change shareholder resolutions at 2005 corporate annual meetings.