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Ceres Releases Report Proposing New 21st Century Electric Utility Model Aligned with Clean Energy Goals
Nov 09, 2015
As regulators, industry representatives and advocates discuss power sector challenges at the 2015 National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC) annual meeting, Ceres released a report outlining a pathway to align the electric utility business model with increased clean energy deployment and long-term financial viability amid growing climate change concerns.
Ceres Statement on New York AG’s Investigation into ExxonMobil
Nov 06, 2015
Ceres and its investor members have engaged with ExxonMobil and its predecessor companies for decades. Our message all along has been clear: disclose the risks of climate change to investors, and tell us what you are doing to manage those risks. We have long warned the company that failure to do so could bring about significant liability.
Here's an unexpected answer for the groundwater shortage
Nov 05, 2015
Congressional representatives in October sent a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown asking about his plans to ensure that when El Niño’s storms hit, the water is captured. More dams, greater surface storage and looser environmental permitting do not add up to a sustainable water supply for California. We need to think outside of the box.
Mindy Lubber Statement, in response to the World Federation of Exchanges' Sustainability Reporting Guidance Launch
Nov 04, 2015
For several years, Ceres and our investor members have worked with individual exchanges and the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) on sustainability reporting standards. Ceres President Mindy Lubber issued a statement regarding the progress made and the work ahead for global exchanges and sustainability reporting.
How To Show Corporate Leadership In Sustainability
Nov 03, 2015
What progress are we seeing from board directors, in terms of demonstrating sustainability leadership? A recently published report includes insights from dozens of interviews with senior corporate leaders and governance experts; Dr. Bob Eccles discusses how the findings are timely and valuable for developing robust sustainability oversight.
35 Members of Congress Urge SEC to Take Robust Action to Improve Climate Risk Disclosure
Oct 29, 2015
Senators Jack Reed (RI) and Brian Schatz (HI), Representative Matt Cartwright (PA) and 31 other members of Congress wrote to Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White seeking stronger action by the federal agency to ensure that companies are adequately disclosing material risks from climate change.
View From the Top: How Corporate Boards Engage on Sustainability Performance — Executive Summary
Oct 28, 2015
A preview of the full report is available by downloading this executive summary.
Ceres report: How board directors can elevate sustainability more effectively at companies
Oct 28, 2015
Broadening board compositions, reduced focus on quarterly returns and stronger compensation linkages are just a few of the ways that board directors can elevate sustainability concerns more effectively at the companies they serve on. A new Ceres report highlights the generally weak performance of U.S. corporate boards in prioritizing environmental and social issues and recommendations for boosting their effectiveness.
View From the Top: How Corporate Boards Engage on Sustainability Performance
Oct 28, 2015
Corporate boards are responsible for overseeing the interests of shareholders in the long term and have a critical role to play in championing sustainability across the enterprise. Over the years, Wall Street research, academic papers, corporate reports and trends from major investors have all underscored the same message: Companies that adopt sustainable practices deliver superior financial results and can face the future with more resilience. Based on interviews conducted with dozens of corporate directors, senior corporate leaders and governance experts, this Ceres report, View from the top: How Corporate Boards Engage on Sustainability Performance identifies key strategies for effective board engagement that can produce tangible environmental and social impacts.
Statement on the formal publication of the Clean Power Plan by Ceres President, Mindy S. Lubber
Oct 23, 2015
Together with our member companies and investors, Ceres looks forward to working with the President, with Members of Congress and with state lawmakers to allow the Clean Power Plan to drive a robust, clean energy economy.
Are Energy Companies Leading Shareholders Astray On Future Fossil Fuel Demand?
Oct 22, 2015
In the lead-up to the historic United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in December, it’s not just national governments that have pledged to aim for a sustainable future -- 10 of the largest fossil fuel corporations in the world also have lined up behind the effort.
Big Business Steps Up on Climate Change
Oct 22, 2015
Ceres President Mindy Lubber had the honor of standing side-by-side with Vice President Joe Biden as he announced the latest round of companies to join the White House’s American Business Act on Climate pledge. Companies are supporting the Administration’s efforts to negotiate a robust international climate agreement in Paris – and more action is needed.
Major U.S. Companies Join White House Climate Action Pledge
Oct 19, 2015
Companies making the pledge have set significant greenhouse gas reduction and renewable energy sourcing goals for 2020 and beyond, and are focusing on increasing energy efficiency, boosting low-carbon investing and making sustainability more accessible to low-income Americans.
Investors Urge World Leaders to Join Them - Now! - on Path to Low-Carbon Economy
Oct 19, 2015
From all corners of the world, we can hear sounds of applause at news that world leaders have agreed on a climate finance package. To be clear, it wasn't a congratulatory standing ovation at the finish line; it was the encouraging and excited applause that comes at the beginning of a long race.
On World Food Day, Seven Food & Beverage Giants Commit to Publicly Disclose Global Water Risks
Oct 16, 2015
Recognizing the growing threat that water risks pose to global food supplies, more than a half-dozen major food and beverage companies have agreed to publicly disclose information on how they are assessing and managing those risks.
Investors in Fossil Fuel Companies Boost Focus on Carbon Asset Risk in Warming World
Oct 16, 2015
A new report cites climate change pressures, regulatory trends and market forces that have triggered a heightened investor focus on how energy companies are grappling with the transition to a low-carbon global economy.
Carbon Asset Risk: From Rhetoric to Action
Oct 16, 2015
In the past few years, carbon asset risk (CAR) has gone from a fringe topic discussed primarily by NGOs to a serious consideration of some of the largest companies in the world. Recent market action, investor pledges, new models and results, and significant shareholder resolutions are all contributing to pushing CAR into the public attention. This report discusses some of the most important recent developments and provides the first attempt at quantifying the uptake of CAR assessment and management.
Shareholders achieve major corporate sustainability improvements
Oct 14, 2015
The analysis found that shareholder resolutions and company dialogues helped spur over 100 corporate commitments in 2014 and 2015 to address critical sustainability challenges.
Shareholders Spur Action On Climate Change: Company Commitments From the 2014 & 2015 Proxy Seasons
Oct 14, 2015
This report tracks the implementation of climate change-related corporate commitments made in response to shareholder proposals and dialogues in 2014 and 2015. Tracking such information has numerous benefits. It helps investors communicate the impact of shareholder engagement to a broader audience. It also provides an accountability framework to help investors track how companies are following through on commitments they make.
How Much Do We Leak? At Last, California Will Know
Oct 13, 2015
California’s “severe drought” is now at 860 days and counting. Every Californian is feeling the ripples, whether in lawn watering bans, fallowed farmland or tap water limits at local restaurants. So when will the state’s water woes be over?