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Citi Joins Ceres’ Network of Companies
Jan 28, 2011
Citing the company's leadership on climate change, Citi has been approved by the Ceres board of directors as a Ceres network company. Citi Inc. is the world’s largest financial services company, which provides global consumer services, corporate investment banking, global wealth management and alternative investment services. Citi is among several leading financial service companies, including Bank of America, State Street, and Wachovia, that have joined Ceres, a leading coalition of investors, environmental groups and public interest organizations working with companies to address sustainability challenges. Citi is among more than 70 companies in the Ceres network, including more than 20 Fortune 500 companies.
Promotional Product Solutions Joins Ceres’ Network of Companies
Jan 28, 2011
Citing Promotional Product Solutions’ (PPS) ethical sourcing and socially responsible promotion initiatives, PPS has been approved by the Ceres board of directors as a Ceres company.
HSBC, Other European Banks Receive Top Scores in First-Ever Ranking of 40 Leading Banks on Climate Change Strategies
Jan 28, 2011
While encouraging progress is being made, the banking sector still has a long way to go in confronting the business challenges posed by global climate change, according to a first-ever report issued today by the Ceres investor coalition that analyzes climate change governance practices of 40 of the world’s largest banks.
Anvil Knitwear, Inc. Approved as Ceres Company
Jan 28, 2011
Citing Anvil Knitwear's commitment to further integrate environmental and social performance into the company's U.S. and international facilities, Anvil has been approved by the Ceres board of directors as a Ceres company.
Bank of America Charitable Foundation Funds Formation of "National Task Force on Energy Efficiency" by Ceres and United Nations Foundation
Jan 28, 2011
As part of its $20 billion initiative supporting the growth of environmentally sustainable business activity to address global climate change, Bank of America today announced a $1 million grant to the United Nations Foundation to establish a "National Task Force on Energy Efficiency" with Ceres.
Ceres Recognized as Corporate Governance Leader
Jan 28, 2011
Ceres has been named one of the 100 most influential players in the corporate governance movement by Directorship Magazine. Ceres cutting edge work improving corporate governance practices was highlighted in the magazine’s September issue.
Wachovia Corporation Approved as Ceres Company
Jan 28, 2011
Citing the company's commitment to sustainability issues, Wachovia Corporation has been approved by the Ceres board of directors as a Ceres company to further integrate environmental and social performance into the company's business strategies and initiatives.
Suncor Energy Approved as Ceres Company
Jan 28, 2011
Citing the company’s strong focus and attention on sustainability issues for the past 10 years, the Ceres board of directors today announced that it has approved Suncor Energy as a Ceres company.
Fuel Cell Company Plug Power Inc. Approved as Ceres Company
Jan 28, 2011
Citing the company’s mission to transform the energy industry in ways that will benefit the economy and the environment, the Ceres board of directors announced today that it has approved Plug Power Inc. as a Ceres company.
Haley & Aldrich Approved as Ceres Company
Jan 28, 2011
Haley & Aldrich, Inc., a nationally recognized environmental and engineering consulting firm based in Boston, has been accepted into the Ceres network of companies that are committed to enhancing value by integrating environmental and social performance into business strategies and initiatives. Haley & Aldrich is among more than 70 companies in the Ceres network, including 20 Fortune 500 companies. Other companies in the Ceres network include Aveda Corporation, National Grid, Nike and Seventh Generation.
Gap Inc. Joins Ceres Network of Companies
Jan 28, 2011
Citing the company’s focus on improving labor standards and factory conditions in its extensive supply chain, the Ceres board of directors today announced that is has approved apparel giant Gap Inc. as a Ceres company.
Ceres Announces "Sustainable Prosperity" Survey Results
Jan 28, 2011
Investors, environmentalists and business leaders are cautiously optimistic that sustainability conditions in North America and developing countries will improve in the next two decades, according to the Ceres “Advancing Sustainable Prosperity” survey conducted last week at the Ceres annual conference in Boston. Attendees at the two-day conference were queried on a range of topics pertaining to sustainability – the issues, challenges and opportunities for achieving sustainable prosperity in global economy.
Shareholders Withdraw ConocoPhillips Climate Change Proposal
Jan 28, 2011
In response to today’s announcement by ConocoPhillips that it will support a mandatory federal policy to cap greenhouse gas emissions and take other measures to reduce its climate impact, Trillium Asset Management Corporation will withdraw a shareholder proposal encouraging the company to invest more in developing low- and zero-carbon technologies.
Investors Persuade Home Builders, Retail Giant and Hotel Chain to Disclose Energy Efficiency Performance
Jan 28, 2011
In response to shareholder requests, two leading homebuilders, the nation’s largest warehouse club chain and a hotel chain have agreed to significantly expand reporting and disclosure on energy efficiency performance.
Hartford Insurance and Prudential Financial Commit to Climate Change Disclosure
Jan 28, 2011
Calvert, one of the nation’s largest families of socially responsible mutual funds, announced today that it has withdrawn climate change shareholder resolutions filed with two leading insurance companies: The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. and Prudential Financial Inc.
Pending Global Warming Resolutions for 2007 Proxy Season
Jan 28, 2011
Investors have filed 42 global warming resolutions with U.S. companies as part of the 2007 proxy season – nearly double the number of climate-related resolutions filed just three years ago. The resolutions, seeking greater disclosure from companies on their responses and strategies to climate-related business trends, were filed by state and city pension funds and labor, foundation, religious and other institutional shareholders. The filers collectively manage more than $200 billion in assets. Some of the resolutions at these companies are not proceeding to a vote either because the proposal was withdrawn by shareholders after a satisfactory pledge by the company to implement the request, or because the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) excluded the proposal on technical grounds.
Sun Microsystems Approved as Ceres Company: Sun Takes Lead in Energy Efficiency
Jan 28, 2011
Citing the company’s recent leap in environmentally minded products and incentive programs, the Ceres board of directors today announced it has approved Sun Microsystems, Inc. as a Ceres company.
New Consortium Created to Develop Standard Framework for Company Reporting of Climate Risks
Jan 28, 2011
The World Economic Forum announced today the formation of a new international partnership of seven organizations to establish a generally accepted framework for climate risk-related reporting by corporations. Founding members of the institutional consortium, the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB), include the California Climate Action Registry, Carbon Disclosure Project, Ceres, The Climate Group, International Emissions Trading Association, World Economic Forum Global Greenhouse Gas Register and World Resources Institute.
New Report Touts Vast Energy Efficiency Potential in Texas
Jan 28, 2011
A new report released today concludes that Texas can meet its growing energy needs at lower cost, and with significantly less pollution by using new incentives for businesses and consumers in the state, and requiring utility companies to invest in cost-effective energy savings before they spend money on expensive new plants. Together, the report says these strategies would yield nearly $50 billion in savings and other economic benefits to Texas over the next 15 years with an investment of $11 billion – a dividend of more than four to one.
Aspen Skiing Company, The L.P. The bault Company, PRIZIM and The CarbonNeutral Company Join Ceres
Jan 28, 2011
Citing the company’s commitment to improving their social and environmental performance and reporting, Ceres today announced that it has approved four new companies – the Aspen Skiing Company, The L.P. Thebault Company, PRIZIM Inc. and The CarbonNeutral Company – into its network.