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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Calvert, one of the nation’s largest families of socially responsible mutual funds, announced today that it has withdrawn climate change shareholder resolutions filed with two leading insurance companies: The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. and Prudential Financial Inc.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.
EILEEN FISHER Joins Ceres
Jan 28, 2011
Citing the company’s commitment to social initiatives focused on improving women’s health, the Ceres Board of Directors has approved EILEEN FISHER Inc. into its coalition of companies. The Irvington, NY-based company is the first women’s clothing company to join Ceres, a leading national coalition of investors, environmental organizations and other public interest groups working with companies to address environmental and social challenges, such as climate change.
National Grid Approved to Join Ceres
Jan 28, 2011
Citing the company’s commitment to social and environmental improvements, the Ceres Board of Directors has approved National Grid into the Ceres network of companies. National Grid, based in Westborough, MA, is one of the first New England utilities to join Ceres, a leading coalition of investors, environmental groups and other public interest groups working with companies to address sustainability challenges such as global climate change.
Power Companies and Wall Street Firms Begin to Assess Climate Risks
Jan 28, 2011
With input from investors, financial firms and electric power companies, Ceres today released a report outlining actions that power companies and Wall Street firms should be taking to address the financial risks posed by climate change. The report comes as more financial services firms, including Citigroup, JPMorgan and Sanford C. Bernstein, are boosting their research on the financial impact of emerging climate change regulations.
Investors Press S&P 500 Companies for Better Disclosure on Social and Environmental Challenges
Jan 28, 2011
For the first time, major institutional investors today called on S&P 500 companies to follow their European counterparts in using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) to improve their public disclosure to shareholders on pressing environmental and social issues. The announcement comes as GRI today unveiled new reporting guidelines, called G3, that elevate climate change as a key disclosure topic for companies to include in public reports.
Marsh, Yale and Ceres Join To Educate Corporate Directors About The Risks, Opportunities Posed By Climate Change
Jan 28, 2011
Three leading U.S. organizations have announced a unique collaborative effort to educate hundreds of independent corporate board members about the potential liabilities and strategic business opportunities global climate change can create for companies. The announcement was made at a plenary session of the 2006 annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, being hosted here this week by former President Bill Clinton.
State Street Corp. Approved as a Ceres Company
Jan 28, 2011
Citing the company's increasing commitment to socially responsible investing, sustainability reporting, and community engagement, the Ceres board of directors today announced its approval of Boston-based State Street Corp. as the newest company to join the Ceres network.
Dozens of New Insurance Products Emerging to Tackle Climate Change and Rising Weather Losses
Jan 28, 2011
Dozens of new insurance activities, such as 'green' building credits and incentives for investing in renewable energy, are emerging to tackle the causes of climate change and rising weather-related losses in the U.S. and globally, according to a major new report issued today by the Ceres investor coalition. But the report also states that more insurance companies need to be offering similar services to minimize losses and make the most of business opportunities related to climate change.
Ceres Partners with EAI to Improve Investment Research on Climate Change and other 'Extra-Financial' Issues
Jan 28, 2011
Ceres, a U.S. coalition of investors, environmental groups and other public interest organizations, today announced it is joining the Enhanced Analytics Initiative as a partner, a new membership category for organizations supportive of EAI's mission, and has pledged to support EAI’s mission to encourage investment research that considers the impact of ‘extra financial’ issues on long-term company performance.
Clif Bar & Co. Joins Ceres Network of Companies
Jan 28, 2011
Citing the company’s long-time commitment to environmental and sustainable business practices, the Ceres board of directors has selected Clif Bar & Co. as its newest company member.