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States Open Their Doors to Clean Energy
Feb 01, 2017
While lawmakers get to work tackling budget deficits, unemployment, infrastructure, public health concerns and more, the opportunity to deepen their commitments to clean energy is growing. Strong, stable clean energy policies are proven winners in providing carbon-free, cost-competitive power that is spurring economic development and creating new jobs.
Saving Water Is on Trend in the Apparel Industry
Jan 31, 2017
A few powerhouses are leading efforts in the fashion industry to be more water smart in every part of their supply chains. The rest of the industry needs to catch up, writes Ceres’ Kirsten James.
How Your Company Can Get Serious About Responsible Palm Oil
Jan 26, 2017
A wave of companies, from Procter & Gamble to Cargill, has committed to sourcing responsibly produced palm oil; yet problems persist in their supply chains. Forests and peatlands continue to disappear at an astounding rate and workers rights and land rights remain under threat.
Meeting with Pope Francis – a Beacon of Hope for a Just and Sustainable World
Jan 25, 2017
I was honored to represent Ceres at a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican in January. I joined 80 participants – private sector, civil society, and faith group leaders from around the world – at the Global Foundation’s Rome Roundtable. In his brief address, Pope Francis called on leaders to forge “a globalization that is cooperative, and thus positive, as opposed to the globalization of indifference” that ignores the needs of the poor.
Business Resolve on Climate Action is More Urgent Than Ever
Jan 23, 2017
It’s a politically charged environment like never before and the temptation to 'lie low’ is obvious. But lying low right now on climate and clean energy – and the policies that are fostering low-carbon action – would be short sighted and dangerous.
Newly Released Guidance Aims to Improve Transparency in the Palm Oil Industry
Jan 23, 2017
With rainforest destruction and forced labor urgent concerns in palm oil cultivation, a diverse group of NGOs and investor organizations releases today shared guidance for corporate reporting on company commitments towards responsible palm oil sourcing and production.
Why The New Administration Should Be The Loudest Advocate For Climate Action
Jan 20, 2017
Amidst all the political rancor, the reality is that the incoming administration should be the loudest advocate for climate action, if for no other reason than to deliver on its ambitious jobs creation goal. Maintaining U.S. climate leadership would better position companies to capitalize on the immense business opportunity and get out ahead of growing international competition.
Pruitt Hearing Reaffirms He Is Not Right Pick For EPA Job
Jan 19, 2017
The Senate confirmation hearing for Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt demonstrated that “he is not the right person to be the next administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency given his track record and stated preference for a more passive, defer-to-the-states EPA,” Ceres President Mindy Lubber said in a statement today.
Major Businesses and Investors Support Fuel Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Standards
Jan 13, 2017
Major businesses, as well as 38 financial institutions and investors with over $740 billion in assets, expressed support for fuel economy targets and greenhouse-gas emissions standards saying they are good for American automakers and good for the economy as whole.
630 Companies And Investors Tell Washington: Continue Accelerating the Low-Carbon Economy
Jan 10, 2017
More than 530 companies and 100 investors – from iconic Fortune 500 firms to small family-owned businesses – are calling on the Trump administration and the new Congress to support policies to accelerate a low-carbon future that will help curb climate change.
Corporate secretaries and the power of being a positive gatekeeper
Jan 09, 2017
The idea is straightforward, but crucial. The most effective corporate secretaries are those who act as a filter for the critical sustainability issues that should be raised to the board, but who also apply the filter with a strategic lens
Is Your Mutual Fund Company Taking Climate Change Seriously?
Jan 06, 2017
We examined how the nation’s largest mutual fund companies voted on climate-related shareholder resolutions in 2015 and 2016. The results are revealing.
10 Reasons to Be Optimistic for a Low-Carbon Future
Dec 29, 2016
Here are 10 shining lights for the irresistibility and inevitability of the low-carbon future. It's here—and there is no turning back.
Large Businesses Thank Governor Kasich for Energy Bill Veto
Dec 27, 2016
Major Ohio employers commend Republican Gov. John Kasich for vetoing an energy bill that they say would have increased electricity costs and made Ohio less globally competitive.
Businesses and States Are United on Clean Energy
Dec 21, 2016
You may not know it from the headlines, but Washington is not the only energy game that matters these days. Companies that buy massive amounts of energy and states that set the policies that shape the energy mix of their economies – whether with clean energy or climate-warming fossil fuels – also play a major role.
Fuel economy rules a bogeyman for long-term trends in auto industry
Dec 21, 2016
The debate over the future of fuel efficiency policies is generating a lot of noise. But for consumers, these policies generate savings at the pump.
Companies Set A Higher Bar For Climate Risk Disclosure
Dec 16, 2016
Under the leadership of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a global industry initiative just released its much-anticipated guidelines for voluntary climate risk disclosure by companies and investors in financial filings.
Michigan Lawmakers Respond to Corporate Calls for More Clean Energy
Dec 16, 2016
On behalf of large investors and businesses with facilities in Michigan, Ceres commends the Michigan Legislature for increasing the state’s renewable portfolio standard to 15 percent by 2021 and making efficiency a central part of Michigan’s energy plan.
Ceres Welcomes Task Force Recommendations To Advance Climate Risk Disclosure
Dec 14, 2016
Ceres has supported the TCFD’s efforts to advance climate risk disclosure over the past year. We sincerely appreciate the work of Michael Bloomberg, the Chairs and Members, former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Schapiro and the Secretariat.
Ceres president Mindy Lubber statement on President-elect Trump's nominee for EPA Administrator
Dec 08, 2016
President-elect Trump’s nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who fails to recognize the climate change threat, belittles the EPA and our most fundamental right to clean air and water, is not fit for the job. We need an EPA Administrator who respects the agency as well as the science underlying the EPA’s mission to protect public health. The new administrator must also recognize that a healthy environment is essential to a robust and growing economy.