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Ceres Study Shows that Nation's 100 Largest Mutual Funds Sitting on Sidelines on Climate Change Issue
Jan 27, 2011
Seven out of 10 U.S. mutual fund investors now want their mutual funds to support global warming shareholder resolutions, but not one of the nation's largest mutual funds voted in favor of any climate change proxy measures during 2005, according to a major new public opinion survey from the Civil Society Institute (CSI) and a report prepared for the Ceres investor coalition.
Ford Motor Co. Releases Climate Risk Report to Shareholders
Jan 27, 2011
The Ford Motor Co. today released a first-of-its-kind report in the auto industry analyzing the business implications of climate change on the company's strategic planning and overall competitiveness.
Northeast Governors Sign Landmark Global Warming Pollution Pact
Jan 27, 2011
Governors of seven Northeast states today unveiled a pioneering bipartisan accord that will cut heat-trapping global warming emissions from the region's power plants and create new investment in cleaner, more efficient energy technology. Along with new pollution limits, the plan will use a market-based strategy that rewards smart companies for outperforming the new pollution limits and lowers overall compliance costs.
McDonald's & Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Announce Partnership
Jan 27, 2011
McDonald's restaurants are partnering with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. to source, roast and package Newman's Own Organics Blend coffee exclusively for more than 650 McDonald's restaurants in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Albany, NY. The new coffee will be available beginning Nov. 1.
Fast-Food Giant McDonald's Wins Approval as Ceres Partner
Jan 27, 2011
Citing the company's progress on sustainability reporting and commitment to continuous enhancement of its social and environmental performance, the Ceres board of directors today announced it has approved fast food giant McDonald's Corp. as a Ceres company.
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Accepted in Ceres Network of Companies
Jan 27, 2011
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) has been notified that is has been accepted to the Ceres network of companies that are committed to enhancing value by integrating environmental and social performance into business strategies and initiatives. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is the first publicly owned coffee company to join this prestigious network of approximately 70 companies of all sizes, including Aveda Corporation, Seventh Generation, Ford Motor Company, Green Mountain Power Corporation, Interface, Inc., and Nike, Inc.
Institutional Investors Call on Power Sector to Focus Attention on Financial Risks from Climate Change
Jan 27, 2011
Citing the financial risks that electric power companies face from climate change, 15 leading U.S. investors today sent letters to 43 of the country's 50 largest investor-owned greenhouse gas emitters in the industry requesting that they report within a year how future greenhouse gas limits will affect their financial bottom lines and steps they are taking to reduce those financial impacts and improve their competitive positioning. (See company list below.)
New WRI/Ceres Report Highlights Investor Tools for Assessing Climate Risk
Jan 27, 2011
The World Resources Institute (WRI) and Ceres released a report, on June 1st, designed to help investors analyze business risks and regulatory uncertainties associated with global climate change.
Southern Co. Releases Climate Risk Report to Shareholders
Jan 27, 2011
As a result of a shareholder resolution filed with the Southern Co., the Atlanta-based company today released a report analyzing the potential effects of climate change regulations on its operations. Because of Southern's reliance on coal to generate electricity at its power plants, shareholders are concerned that potential future policies restricting greenhouse gas emissions might put their investments at risk.
Pension Fund Leaders, CEOs and Wall Street Investment Managers to Discuss Climate Risks and Opportunities at UN Summit May 10
Jan 27, 2011
Hundreds of institutional investors from around the world, Wall Street leaders, and state treasurers will be meeting Tuesday, May 10, at the United Nations in New York City to discuss how to address the financial risks and realize the opportunities from global climate change.
Investors Call On Power Sector And Wall Street To Focus Attention On Financial Risks From Climate Change
Jan 27, 2011
Citing a new Ceres report about the financial risks electric power companies face from climate change, leading U.S. institutional investors today called on the country's 50 largest investor-owned greenhouse gas emitters in the electric power industry to report within a year how future greenhouse gas limits will affect their financial bottom lines and steps they are taking to reduce those financial impacts and improve their competitive positioning. The investors will be mailing letters to the CEOs of the 50 companies on this issue later this month. (See company list below.)
Nike Inc. Issues 2004 Corporate Responsibility Report Highlighting Stakeholder Engagement and New Levels of Transparency and Disclosure
Jan 27, 2011
Nike, Inc. today issued its second corporate responsibility (CR) report highlighting the Nike brand's CR priorities, programs, progress and challenges relating to workers in contract factories; employees and diversity; the environment; and community investment. In addition, the company became the first in its industry to voluntarily disclose the names and locations of the more than 700 active contract factories that currently make Nike-branded products worldwide. This information, along with its report, is posted on Nike, Inc.'s website atwww.nikeresponsibility.com/reports.
Investors Win Agreement From Ford Motor Co. To Prepare Climate Risk Report
Jan 27, 2011
As a result of a shareholder resolution filed with the Ford Motor Co., the country's second largest automaker today announced it will issue a first-of-its-kind comprehensive report later this year that will examine the business implications of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the motor vehicles made by Ford as well as the facilities that produce them. The climate risk report will also examine impacts from possible policy and regulatory changes.
Cinergy Corp. Releases Climate Risk Report to Shareholders
Jan 27, 2011
As a result of a shareholder resolution filed with Cinergy Corp., the Ohio-based company today released a report analyzing the potential effects of climate change regulations on its operations. Because of Cinergy's reliance on coal to generate electricity at its nine Midwest power plants, shareholders are concerned that potential future policies restricting greenhouse gas emissions might put their investments at risk.
Influential Leaders Push For Clean Energy, Global Warming Questions In Remaining Presidential Debates
Jan 27, 2011
A wide-ranging group of 22 union, religious, science, state government and former federal officials today petitioned the trustees of the Commission on Presidential Debates - as well as debate moderators Charles Gibson and Bob Schieffer - to "include questions about the candidates' plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting clean energy and clean vehicle technologies as urgent matters of both domestic and foreign policy."
Ceres Workshop at Harvard University Educates Pension Fund Trustees on Climate Risk
Jan 27, 2011
The "Sustainability and Risk: Climate Change and Fiduciary Duty for the Twenty-First Century Trustee" workshop at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government was a huge success. Representatives from the three largest public pension funds in the country, the California Public Employees Retirement System, the New York State Common Retirement Fund, and the California State Teachers' Retirement System, attended. Ceres co-sponsored the event - the first of its kind - with the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative and the Energy Technology Innovation Project in the Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
New Guide Advises Investors On Addressing Financial Risks And Opportunities From Global Warming
Jan 27, 2011
An investor guide released today outlines specific strategies for addressing the financial risks and investment opportunities posed by global warming. The guide identifies actions that pension plans, fund managers and companies can take to address climate risk,and also recommends that investors support government action to reduce investor and business uncertainty on global warming.
Southern Company, TXU Agree To Report To Shareholders On Preparedness For Greenhouse Gas Limits; Reliant Energy To Expand 10k Disclosure On Issue
Jan 27, 2011
In response to shareholder requests for disclosure on how companies are planning for potential constraints on carbon dioxide and other emissions, electric power giant Southern Company and power company TXU have agreed to report publicly on how they are planning for those scenarios, while Houston-based power provider Reliant Energy has agreed to take steps to improve measurement and disclosure of the financial impact of its emissions.
Global Warming Resolutions at U.S. Oil Companies Bring Policy Commitments from Leaders, and Record High Votes at Laggards
Jan 27, 2011
Faced with shareholder resolutions requesting reports on their preparedness for world constraints on carbon dioxide emissions, U.S. oil and gas companies have taken two distinct directions in response, with two companies making commitments to develop policies on carbon dioxide emissions and one company pledging to reduce emissions, while three more refused the requests and were hit with large percentages of shareholders voting against management on the resolutions last week.
Thirteen Pension Leaders Call on SEC Chairman to Require Global Warming Risks in Corporate Disclosure
Jan 27, 2011
Thirteen major public pension fund leaders - including eight state treasurers and comptrollers, four labor pension fund leaders, and the New York City Comptroller, collectively managing assets of nearly $800 billion- today called on the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) to eliminate any doubt that publicly traded companies should be disclosing the financial risks of global warming in their securities filings.