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2008 Ceres-ACCA Reporting Awards Judges Report
Apr 08, 2009
April 2009 - Ninety-seven sustainability reports from companies and organizations representing a range of sectors were submitted for review this year. Of these, 19 reports were short-listed and an expert panel of judges met in January 2009 to select the award winners.
From Risk to Opportunity 2008: Insurer Responses to Climate Change
Apr 08, 2009
April 2009 - Hundreds of new insurance initiatives, including coverage for green buildings, renewable energy, carbon risk management, and officers’ liability are being offered to tackle climate change and rising weather-related losses in the U.S. and globally, according to this report by the Ceres investor coalition.
BICEP Coalition of Major National Companies Supports Core Principles of Waxman-Markey Climate and Energy Bill
Apr 07, 2009
April 7, 2009 - Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP), a coalition of major national companies calling for passage of strong U.S. climate and energy policies in 2009, issued a statement in support of the core principles of the landmark Waxman-Markey climate and energy bill introduced March 31, 2009.
Hundreds of New Insurance Initiatives Emerging to Tackle Climate Change and Rising Weather Losses
Apr 02, 2009
April 2, 2009 – Hundreds of new insurance initiatives, including coverage for green buildings, renewable energy, carbon risk management, and officers’ liability are being offered to tackle climate change and rising weather-related losses in the U.S. and globally, according to a major new report released today by the Ceres investor coalition.
The Water Disclosure Desert: Rethinking the Value of Water in the Climate Change Era
Mar 20, 2009
This week we are joined by the Pacific Institute's Jason Morrison and Ceres' own Brooke Barton who released a new report, "Water Scarcity and Climate Change: Growing Risks for Businesses & Investors" that discusses the links between climate change and water supply, how it affects companies and investors, and ways to prepare for a world of increasing water scarcity.
Gap, eBay and Symantec Join Business Coalition Calling for Action on Clean Energy & Climate Change
Mar 12, 2009
Ceres president Mindy Lubber today announced that three new companies - Gap Inc., eBay Inc. and Symantec Corp. - have joined a new business coalition, Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP). The coalition is calling for strong U.S. climate and energy policies in 2009 to spur clean energy and reduce global warming pollution.
Global Climate Disclosure Framework for Automobile Companies
Mar 08, 2009
March 2009 - This disclosure framework focuses on the business issues and indicators specific to the auto sector, and can be used as a reporting tool through both the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).
Report Warns Businesses and Investors about Growing Water Scarcity Impacts from Climate Change
Feb 26, 2009
February 26, 2009 – Global climate change is exacerbating water scarcity problems around the world, yet few businesses and investors are paying attention to this growing financial threat, according to a report issued today by Ceres and the Pacific Institute.
Water Scarcity & Climate Change: Growing Risks for Business & Investors
Feb 20, 2009
February 2009 - This Ceres/Pacific Institute report, done at the request of the Investor Network on Climate Risk, outlines the wide-ranging risks investors and companies face from water scarcity and how global climate change will heighten those risks in many parts of the world. The report makes clear that companies that treat pressing water risks as a key strategic challenge will be far better positioned in the future. Companies that continue to ignore these challenges put themselves at higher risk.
BICEP Applauds Chairman Boxer for her Leadership in Release of Strong Climate Principles
Feb 04, 2009
February 4, 2009 – Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) commends Chairman Boxer for her steadfast commitment to scientifically and economically sound climate change legislative principles.
Ceres and Trillium Announce Second Annual Joan Bavaria Awards
Jan 29, 2009
In recognition of socially responsible investment pioneer Joan Bavaria, Ceres and Trillium Asset Management Corporation (“Trillium”) are inviting nominations for the second-annual Joan Bavaria Awards for Building Sustainability into the Capital Markets.
From Concentrate: The Next Generation of Solar Energy
Jan 29, 2009
To shed some light on the advantages and shortcomings of solar technology, we caught up with Reese Tisdale, Research Director for Renewable Power Generation at Emerging Energy Research.
Corporate Governance and Climate Change: Consumer and Technology Companies
Dec 08, 2008
December 2008 - This Ceres report is the first comprehensive assessment of how 63 of the world’s largest consumer and information technology companies are preparing themselves to face this colossal challenge. The report employs a “Climate Change Governance Framework” to evaluate how 48 US companies and 15 non-US companies are addressing climate change through board oversight, management execution, public disclosure, GHG emissions accounting and strategic planning and performance.
Know Thy Pants: Building a Sustainable Supply Chain from Seed to Sale
Nov 21, 2008
Michael Kobori, Vice President of Global Supply Chains at Levi's speaks with the Ceres Podcast about how Levi's is incorporating environmental and labor challenges into its sourcing decisions in order to create a more sustainable supply chain for its products.
Five Major U.S. Companies Call For Congressional Action on Climate Change, Clean Energy
Nov 19, 2008
November 19, 2008 – Five leading U.S. corporations joined with Ceres today to announce the launch of a new business coalition calling for strong U.S. climate and energy legislation in early 2009 to spur the clean energy economy and reduce global warming pollution. The group’s key principles include stimulating renewable energy, promoting energy efficiency and green jobs, requiring 100 percent auction of carbon allowances, and limiting new coal-fired power plants to those that capture and store carbon emissions.
Top companies urge Congress to go green
Nov 19, 2008
November 19, 2008 (Seattle P-I) – A group of companies including Starbucks, Nike and Sun Microsystems has banded together to urge Congress to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and promote investment in renewable energy. The companies on Wednesday announced a partnership with Boston-based Ceres, a national network of environmental advocates and investors, which will lobby on energy policy.
Corporations team up on climate fight
Nov 19, 2008
November 19, 2008 (Marketplace) – Corporate leaders are banding together to push Congress for more aggressive green mandates, from renewable energy to a stricter cap and trade system. Sarah Gardner reports what else the new coalition, BICEP, is pushing.
Ceres Annual Report: 2007-2008
Nov 08, 2008
November 2008 - This Ceres Annual Report 2007–2008 demonstrates the results we have achieved, and the momentum we have created towards our mission of advancing sustainable prosperity.
A Toolkit for Foundations and Individual Investors: Harnessing Your Investments to Help Solve the Climate Crisis
Nov 08, 2008
November 2008 - Given that climate risks and opportunities are embedded in all asset classes – including equities, fixed income, real estate and alternative investments – there is a growing demand among foundation endowments and individual investors for actions they can take to respond to climate change. This document provides a brief overview of available steps.
A Post-Election Note from Ceres President Mindy Lubber
Nov 05, 2008
As we headed to the polls, the economy, the environment, and our collective common sense told us the old ways are not working. The stumbling financial markets show the consequences of unfettered pursuit of profits in a system that has no debits on the ledger for environmental degradation and no credits for a social conscience. The troubled climate is bringing home the cost of fouling the air and abusing fragile ecosystems. And inequitable use of resources is widening the gap between rich and poor.