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A Post-Election Note from Ceres President Mindy Lubber
Nov 05, 2008
As we headed to the polls, the economy, the environment, and our collective common sense told us the old ways are not working. The stumbling financial markets show the consequences of unfettered pursuit of profits in a system that has no debits on the ledger for environmental degradation and no credits for a social conscience. The troubled climate is bringing home the cost of fouling the air and abusing fragile ecosystems. And inequitable use of resources is widening the gap between rich and poor.
Call for Submissions to the Ceres-ACCA 2008 North American Awards for Sustainability Reporting
Sep 04, 2008
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Ceres, a U.S. coalition of environmental and investor groups, today called for submissions to the seventh-annual Ceres-ACCA North American Awards for Sustainability Reporting.
Investors, Environmental Groups Push the SEC to Require Full Corporate Climate Risk Disclosure
Jun 12, 2008
June 12, 2008 – A broad coalition of investors and major environmental groups today repeated their call to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to address the obligations of publicly-traded companies to assess and fully disclose the material economic opportunities and risks from climate change. The 20 signatories to the letter include leading U.S. and European institutional investors such as CalPERS, CalSTRS, F&C Asset Management and the Maryland, New York, New York City, New Jersey, North Carolina and Oregon public pension funds.
Ford and Timberland Win Ceres-ACCA North American Awards for Best Sustainability Reporting
Apr 30, 2008
Ford Motor Company and The Timberland Company received the top sustainability reporting awards today in an international competition organized by the Boston-based Ceres coalition and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). The winners, selected from 87 nominations, also included Calgary, Alberta-based Suncor Energy and Austin, TX-based Dell, Inc. The four winners were announced at the Ceres annual conference today at Boston’s Renaissance Harbor Hotel.
Enhanced Analytics Initiative, Bainbridge Graduate Institute Win Inaugural Joan Bavaria Awards
Apr 28, 2008
Ceres and Trillium Asset Management Corporation (“Trillium”) today announced the inaugural winners of the Joan Bavaria Awards for Building Sustainability into the Capital Markets. The two winners were announced at the Ceres annual conference in Boston.
Ceres and Trillium Announce Inaugural Joan Bavaria Awards
Dec 05, 2007
Honoring the founder of both organizations, Ceres and Trillium Asset Management Corporation have established an annual awards program named after socially responsible investment pioneer, Joan Bavaria. The inaugural Joan Bavaria Awards for Building Sustainability into the Capital Markets will be presented at the Ceres 2008 Conference to be held April 29-30, 2008 in Boston.
Hundreds of New Insurance Initiatives Emerging to Tackle Climate Change and Rising Weather Losses
Oct 18, 2007
October 18, 2007 – Hundreds of new insurance initiatives, including ‘green’ building credits, drought-protection in developing countries and incentives for investing in renewable energy and carbon emissions trading are being offered to tackle climate change and rising weather-related losses in the U.S. and globally, according to a major new report announced today at the annual conference of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors.
Major Investors, State Officials, Environmental Groups Petition SEC to Require Full Corporate Climate Risk Disclosure
Sep 18, 2007
September 18, 2007 – A broad coalition of investors, state officials with regulatory and fiscal management responsibilities, and environmental groups today filed a landmark petition asking the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to require publicly-traded companies to assess and fully disclose their financial risks from climate change. Also today, the coalition formally asked the Commission's Division of Corporation Finance to immediately begin "[c]losely scrutinizing the adequacy of registrants' climate disclosures" under existing law.
Ceres Seeks Submissions for 2007 Sustainability Report Awards
Sep 11, 2007
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Ceres, a US-based coalition of investors and environmental groups, today called for submissions to the sixth annual Ceres-ACCA North American Awards for Sustainability Reporting. The application deadline is Oct. 26 and the winners will be announced in spring 2008.
$900 BILLION OF INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS PRESSURE EXXONMOBIL ON GLOBAL WARMING
May 23, 2007
May 23, 2007 – Two dozen leading institutional investors are pushing for the removal of ExxonMobil board member Michael Boskin due to the company’s inaction on the serious business risks from climate change.
Vancity and Bristol-Myers Squibb Receive Top Sustainability Reporting Awards at Ceres Conference in Boston
Apr 25, 2007
Vancity Group and Bristol-Myers Squibb received the top sustainability reporting awards today in an international competition hosted by the Boston-based Ceres coalition and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). The winners, selected from a record 102 nominations, also included Vermont-based Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and Vancouver, B.C.-based Mountain Equipment Co-op. The four winners were announced at the Ceres annual conference today at Boston’s Seaport Hotel, where a report providing guidance to companies on sustainability disclosure was also released.
U.S. Mutual Funds Ignoring Business Risks of Climate Change
Apr 23, 2007
April 23, 2007 – None of the nation’s 100 largest mutual funds voted in 2006 to support shareholder resolutions calling for more corporate disclosure on the financial impacts from global climate change, according to proxy voting data compiled by Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) for Ceres
CFO Sink: Florida Treasury Joins Investor Network on Climate Risk
Apr 17, 2007
April 17, 2007 – Fresh off the heels of hosting the first in a series of “Conversations on Climate Change,” Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink announced today that as the state treasurer, she will join the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a national network of investors focused on the business impacts of climate change. CFO Sink is the first Florida-based institutional investor to join the three-year-old organization, which now includes more than 50 public and private institutional investors managing more than $3.7 trillion in assets that focus on the future financial risks and investment opportunities posed by climate change.
S&P 500 Companies Faulted For Poor Climate Disclosure
Jan 31, 2007
January 31, 2007 – Despite growing financial losses in various business sectors from climate change, over half of the nation’s 500 largest publicly traded companies are doing a poor job of disclosing climate change risks to their investors, according to a first-ever report analyzing climate disclosure practices among S&P 500 companies last year.
Shareholders Challenge TXU on New Coal Plants and Energy Efficiency
Dec 08, 2006
December 8, 2006 – Leading institutional investors this week filed shareholders resolutions with the TXU Corp. regarding the company’s plan to build 11 new pulverized coal-burning power plants in Texas at an estimated cost of $10 billion.
New Report: Wall Street Analysts Concerned about Impact of Oil Prices, Energy Policies and Climate Risk on Auto Sector Companies
Apr 28, 2006
April 28, 2006 – A new Ceres report released today finds that the uncertainty in the U.S. regarding the future course of energy and climate change policy is a major problem for investors and Wall Street analysts in assessing the value of auto companies, and that analysts need better disclosure from auto companies about their strategies for managing the risks and capturing the opportunities posed by new energy and climate change policies taking effect worldwide.
Nike & Hewlett-Packard Win Ceres-ACCA Sustainability Reporting Awards
Apr 05, 2006
Nike Inc. and Hewlett-Packard received the top sustainability reporting awards today in an international competition hosted by the Boston-based Ceres coalition and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). The winners, selected from a record 87 nominations, also included Seventh Generation in Burlington, VT, Dofasco in Hamilton, Ontario and Gap, Inc. in San Francisco, CA. The five winners were announced at the Ceres annual conference today at the Oakland Marriott.
Investors and Consumers Urge Fidelity, Vanguard and American Funds to Take Action on Global Climate Change
Mar 29, 2006
March 29, 2006 – More than 38,000 investors and consumers today called on the nation's three largest mutual fund companies - including Boston-based Fidelity - to focus their attention on the financial implications of global warming. The three mutual fund families collectively manage more than $1 trillion in assets.
BP Receives Top Score in First-Ever Ranking of 100 Global Companies on Climate Change Strategies
Mar 21, 2006
After years of inaction, a growing number of leading U.S. companies are confronting the business challenges from global warming, recognizing that greenhouse gas limits are inevitable and that they cannot risk falling behind their international competitors in developing climate-friendly technologies. Some U.S. companies, such as General Electric, are catching up and joining Cinergy and Alcoa in leading their industries. But many others are still largely ignoring the climate issue with 'business as usual' strategies that may be putting their companies and shareholders at risk.
Ceres Releases Corporate Toolkit for Managing Climate Change
Jan 20, 2006
January 20, 2006 – Ceres and the Investor Network on Climate Risk have published a 24-page "toolkit" to help companies address the strategic and financial challenges associated with global climate change.