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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.
For a Long-Term Stimulus, Invest in Green Energy
Jan 28, 2011
A green stimulus bill that spurs innovation in energy efficiency, renewable energy and achieving a smart grid will help America get its swagger back. Consider energy efficiency, the lowest-hanging fruit for improving company bottom lines and slashing global warming pollution.
Whole Foods Needs a Holistic Approach on Climate Change
Jan 28, 2011
Why would a new Ceres report give low scores to Whole Foods, one of the nation's largest purchasers of renewable energy, for the way it is responding to the challenge of climate change? Precisely for the word that Whole Foods uses to describe itself: "whole." Many of the company's actions on climate change are laudable, but it still lacks a holistic strategy for dealing with this colossal challenge that will ripple across all industry sectors.
From Starbucks to Nike, Business Asks for Green Legislation
Jan 28, 2011
Would it surprise you to learn that Starbucks is a leading advocate for action on climate change? "The way we see it," says Ben Packard, Starbucks VP of Global Sustainability, "addressing climate change will help companies like ours reduce operating costs and mitigate future economic instability. Starbucks has joined with other companies to form a coalition that calls itself BICEP (Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy) and it has a clear message for next year's Congress--move quickly on climate change to kick-start a transition to a clean energy economy.
Why Cleantech Investors Haven't Panicked
Jan 28, 2011
The short-term blowback from the global financial panic has been pretty logical: A flight to value and safety and reallocation of assets to deal with longer-term risks of the new economy. So what does this mean for cleantech investing?
How to Cure Our Short-Term Thinking
Jan 28, 2011
If we have any doubt about the prevalence - and cost - of "short-termism" in global capital markets, the current economic meltdown is an obvious reminder. But, beyond the $700 billion bailout and other financial band-aids to stop the bleeding, the bigger debate is how to fix the regulatory and corporate governance systems to avoid future calamities -- whether financial or environmental.
How Insurance Has Become a Well-Spring of Green Innovation
Jan 28, 2011
We all know the saying: adversity begets opportunity. Today, the insurance industry is heeding that idea and discovering that hurricanes, among other climate adversities, can create innovation -- and revenue.
Telecommuting's Small Carbon Footprint
Jan 28, 2011
The concept of open work is a relatively new one for me. If you had told me 10 years ago that I would be sending email to my staff during half-time at my daughter's soccer game, videoconferencing via the internet with a colleague in London from our office in Boston, and writing a blog post on the benefits of working remotely from my couch at home, I would have told you that you were crazy. And it makes me wonder--are we really maximizing the impact of open work as a strategy to combat rising energy use, increased greenhouse gas emissions, and the greater climate change crisis?
Can Canada's Oil Sands Solve the Energy Crisis?
Jan 28, 2011
The Wall Street Journal may not like T. Boone Pickens' clean energy plan, but it has a lot of merit. What Pickens sees -- and the WSJ ignores -- is that our oil-driven global economy is stretched to the limit and is likely not sustainable. A telling indicator is an enormous oil-extraction project in Alberta, Canada -- an enormous energy-intensive, financially questionable undertaking that oil companies are now treating as the next great oil bonanza.
Climate Change: Investors' Next Global Mega-Trend?
Jan 28, 2011
Warning to U.S. companies: Just because national lawmakers are dawdling on global warming, don't think your business can dawdle, too. While U.S. policymakers are running in place on climate change, global investors are moving quickly to make money from its far-reaching risks and opportunities.
In Green Business, Strange Bedfellows Are Becoming the Norm
Jan 28, 2011
Ceres president Mindy Lubber blogs on the growing importance of stakeholders in corporate sustainability.
EPA Supports Ceres to Expand its Facility Reporting Project
Jan 27, 2011
The Ceres coalition announced today it has received support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct additional pilot projects under its Facility Reporting Project (FRP). FRP aims to improve sustainability reporting and performance at individual facilities across the country.
Ceres Praises National Launch of ‘Eco-friendly’ Paper Coffee Cup
Jan 27, 2011
The launch of a revolutionary all-natural paper coffee cup—made from fully renewable resources—has been applauded by Ceres, a national coalition of investors, environmental groups and other public interest organizations working with companies to tackle environmental challenges. The new cup is being introduced nationally by a partnership of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. of Waterbury, Vt., and Foodservice Business, International Paper, of Memphis, Tenn.
Dell Inc. Approved as a Ceres Company
Jan 27, 2011
Citing the company’s recent progress on electronics recycling and its overall commitment to social and environmental improvements, the Ceres board of directors today announced it has approved Dell Inc. as a Ceres company.
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.