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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.
Glass Half Full: The Role of Technology in Reducing Water Scarcity
Sep 18, 2008
This week, we talk with Jeff Connelly, VP of General Electric’s Global Supply Chain and Water and Process Technologies Division, about the technological solutions being implemented in order to conserve and recycle the earth’s most valuable resource - water.
Call for Submissions to the Ceres-ACCA 2008 North American Awards for Sustainability Reporting
Sep 04, 2008
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Ceres, a U.S. coalition of environmental and investor groups, today called for submissions to the seventh-annual Ceres-ACCA North American Awards for Sustainability Reporting.
Do Ask, Do Tell: Mandatory Climate Disclosure and the SEC
Jul 22, 2008
The New York City Bar Association's Environmental Law Committee Environmental Law Interview with Ceres staffer Anne Kelly, Director of Ceres Corporate Governance Program about the investors behind their petition requesting that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) require companies to disclose risks to their businesses from climate change.
Green Power: Building a Green Workforce to Support a Green Economy
Jun 23, 2008
Ceres recently caught up with Van Jones, President of Green for All and director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, to discuss how new technology and energy solutions to the climate crisis can also help solve urban poverty, unemployment, and inequality in America's workforce.
Investors, Environmental Groups Push the SEC to Require Full Corporate Climate Risk Disclosure
Jun 12, 2008
June 12, 2008 – A broad coalition of investors and major environmental groups today repeated their call to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to address the obligations of publicly-traded companies to assess and fully disclose the material economic opportunities and risks from climate change. The 20 signatories to the letter include leading U.S. and European institutional investors such as CalPERS, CalSTRS, F&C Asset Management and the Maryland, New York, New York City, New Jersey, North Carolina and Oregon public pension funds.
Ceres Sustainability Report 2006
Jun 08, 2008
June 2008 - Ceres Sustainability Report enables our organization to “walk the talk” and serve as a model for other 501 (c) (3) non-profit organizations and small businesses looking to improve their own transparency—illustrating that reporting can be a beneficial process for any organization, regardless of size or type. The process of evaluating our own organization’s infrastructure drives the Ceres staff to improve our own performance and enables us to engage with stakeholders more effectively and from a position of understanding and experience. This is Ceres' fourth sustainability report that details our operations and key impact areas for 2006.
Viva la Resolution: Shareholders' Role in Corporate Governance and Climate Change
May 29, 2008
Lance Lindblom, President of the Nathan Cummings Foundation (NCF) and a leader in the SRI movement, talks to Ceres about how NCF leverages their $500 million foundation endowment to improve corporate accountability.
Benchmarking Air Emissions of the 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the United States
May 08, 2008
May 2008 - The 2008 Benchmarking report is the sixth collaborative effort highlighting environmental performance and progress in the nation’s electric power sector. The Benchmarking series began in 1997 and uses publicly reported data to compare the emissions performance of the 100 largest power producers in the United States. The current report is based on 2006 generation and emissions data.
Video: UN Investor Summit on Climate Risk
May 08, 2008
On February 14, 2008, investors representing over $22 trillion joined Ceres and the United Nations Foundation at the UN Headquarters in New York City to discuss the physical and financial risks of climate change and the opportunities and solutions to mitigate that risk. Presenters included Harvard University's John Holdren, Khosla Ventures' Vinod Khosla, Ceres president Mindy Lubber, United Nations Foundation president Timothy Wirth.
Ford and Timberland Win Ceres-ACCA North American Awards for Best Sustainability Reporting
Apr 30, 2008
Ford Motor Company and The Timberland Company received the top sustainability reporting awards today in an international competition organized by the Boston-based Ceres coalition and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). The winners, selected from 87 nominations, also included Calgary, Alberta-based Suncor Energy and Austin, TX-based Dell, Inc. The four winners were announced at the Ceres annual conference today at Boston’s Renaissance Harbor Hotel.