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2006 Proxy Season Produces Strong Results on Climate Change
Jan 27, 2011
Investors have been enormously successful engaging with companies on climate change during the 2006 proxy season. More than two-dozen climate-related shareholder resolutions were filed with U.S. companies, some of which were ultimately withdrawn by shareholders after a satisfactory pledge by the company to implement the request, or because the SEC excluded the proposal on technical grounds.
Study Shows ExxonMobil Lagging Competitors on Climate Change
Jan 27, 2011
ExxonMobil now admits global warming is real and poses risks but the company has not yet taken steps - such as meaningful alternative energy investments - that would demonstrate that ExxonMobil is managing the risks to its shareholders and capturing the opportunities posed by climate change, according to a new report issued today by Ceres.
Ceres Praises AIG as First U.S. Insurer To Adopt Climate Change Policy
Jan 27, 2011
Ceres, a national coalition of investors and environmental groups, praised AIG, the world's largest insurer, for becoming the first U.S.-based insurance company to adopt a policy to manage the risks and capture the business opportunities posed by climate change. AIG unveiled the new policy on May 15. Ceres has been seeking improved U.S. insurance industry practices on climate change through the Investor Network on Climate Risk, a group of 50 institutional investors that manage nearly $3 trillion in assets.
Ceres Receives Prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship
Jan 27, 2011
Ceres was among 16 recipients of the prestigious 2006 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship. Skoll Foundation Chairman Jeff Skoll presented the award last month to Ceres President Mindy S. Lubber at the third annual Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Oxford in England.
PG&E Selected to Join Leading Coalition on Sustainability
Jan 27, 2011
PG&E Corporation has become the first California utility company, and one of only 15 Fortune 500 companies, selected to join Ceres, a leading national coalition of investment funds, environmental organizations and other public interest groups working with companies to tackle environmental and social challenges, including climate change.
New Report on Air Emissions from Top 100 Power Companies Shows Increase in Global Warming Emissions, Drop in Other Pollutants
Jan 27, 2011
A new report evaluating air pollution trends at the nation's 100 largest electric power producers shows that emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) have fallen markedly in recent years, but carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions increased and will likely spike in coming years.
Investors Persuade Big-Box Retailers and Shopping Mall Giant to Disclose Energy Efficiency Performance
Jan 27, 2011
In response to shareholder requests, two leading big-box retailers and the nation's largest shopping mall company have agreed to significantly expand reporting and disclosure on energy efficiency performance, with the two big-box retailers also agreeing to discuss greenhouse gas emissions.
Four Electric Power Companies in Midwest Agree to Disclose Climate Risks
Jan 27, 2011
In response to shareholder requests, four U.S. electric power companies in Missouri and Wisconsin have joined other utility companies by agreeing to assess and disclose the potential impacts from foreseeable regulations to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
General Mills, Time Warner and Piper Jaffray Accepted into Ceres Network of Companies
Jan 27, 2011
Citing their commitment to reporting and improving their social and environmental performance, Ceres today announced that it has approved three new companies - General Mills, Piper Jaffray & Co. and Time Warner - into its network of companies.
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.)