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Business Leaders Join Forces to Lend Support for Climate and Energy Bill
Jun 25, 2009
June 25, 2009 – CEOs from a dozen leading electric power, technology and consumer companies are visiting the nation's capital today to push the business case for strong climate and clean energy legislation before a key House vote this week on the Waxman/Markey bill.
Business and Utility CEOs Call for Action on Energy and Climate
Jun 23, 2009
June 23, 2009 – In a new series of print ads running in key Washington, DC publications, business leaders from companies of all sizes and across numerous sectors are calling upon President Obama and Congress to swiftly enact comprehensive legislation to cut carbon pollution and create an economy-wide cap and trade program.
New Report: Major Mutual Funds Increase Support for Shareholder Resolutions on Climate Change
Jun 04, 2009
June 4, 2009 – A growing number of investors are pressuring companies whose stock they own to boost their attention to the business risks and opportunities posed by climate change. So they’re increasing the number of shareholder resolutions aimed at moving companies in that direction – and major mutual funds increasingly are voting with them, according to a new Ceres report.
Studies Show Global Companies Still Failing to Report Strategies and Potential Impacts from Climate Change
Jun 03, 2009
June 3, 2009 – Climate change-related disclosure continues to be weak or altogether nonexistent in SEC filings of global companies with the most at stake in preparing for a low-carbon global economy, according to two major studies released today by Ceres, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and the Center for Energy and Environmental Security (CEES). The reports’ findings highlight the need for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to respond to repeated investor requests for formal guidance on climate-related disclosure companies should be providing in securities filings.
Ceres and BICEP Support Waxman/Markey Bill Passed by Committee
May 22, 2009
May 22, 2009 – Ceres and BICEP - representing some of America’s largest businesses and institutional investors - applaud Chairmen Waxman and Markey for completing markup of this historic energy and climate legislation. This is the first time major legislation of this sort has passed the House Energy & Commerce Committee.
‘Climate Watch’ Company Ultra Petroleum (UPL) Faces Shareholder Resolution on its Global Warming Strategy
May 20, 2009
May 20, 2009 – Climate change laggard Ultra Petroleum will face a shareholder resolution at its annual meeting on May 21 seeking greater disclosure on its climate change business strategy.
Ceres/BICEP Joint Statement: Many Strengths in Waxman-Markey Compromise, but Work is not Done
May 18, 2009
May - 18, 2009 – Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP) and Ceres, a coalition of investors and other public interest organizations working to address sustainability challenges like climate change, today released a statement supporting the newly announced compromise version of the Waxman-Markey climate and energy bill.
Small U.S. Businesses Join Major Companies in Pushing for Climate and Energy Bill Action
May 13, 2009
Small business support for strong climate and energy legislation from Congress this year merged forcefully today with widespread existing support from dozens of major U.S. businesses.
Shareholders Show Strong Support for ConocoPhillips Oil Sands Proposal
May 13, 2009
May 13, 2009 – ConocoPhillips shareholders demonstrated even stronger support this year than last for a shareholder proposal calling for the company to fully account for the environmental impact of its tar sands operations.
Leading Insurers, Public Officials and Environmental Groups Call for Bold Action to Adapt to Changing Climate Trends to Protect America’s Coastlines
Apr 23, 2009
As another hurricane season approaches and government leaders debate U.S. climate policy, a first-ever coalition of leading insurers, public officials, risk experts, builders and conservation groups today announced a bold blueprint of policy changes and common sense actions that could reduce economic losses from future storms and rising sea levels by as much as half along U.S. coastlines. The coalition urges the Obama Administration, Congress, local leaders and the private sector to see that these actions are implemented through regulation, investment, education and other means.
Aspen Skiing, Clif Bar & Company and Seventh Generation Join BICEP Coalition
Apr 16, 2009
April 16, 2009 – Ceres president Mindy Lubber today announced that three new companies – Aspen Skiing Company, Clif Bar & Company, and Seventh Generation - have joined the new coalition Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP).
GE Corporation Wins Ceres-ACCA North American Awards for Best Sustainability Reporting
Apr 15, 2009
GE Corporation received the top sustainability reporting award today at the 2009 Ceres Conference in San Francisco, California, as part of international competition organized by the Boston-based Ceres coalition and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). The winners, selected from 97 nominations, also included Seventh Generation, Ball Corporation, Symantec, the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC), and Dell, Inc.
Robert Massie Honored – Twice – for Long String of Achievements in Building a Sustainable Global Economy
Apr 14, 2009
Robert Massie has co-founded a homeless shelter. He’s led a parish. He’s run for statewide public office, lectured for years at the Harvard Divinity School, led the world in battling South African apartheid and then written the definitive history of America’s role in that movement.
BICEP Coalition of Major National Companies Supports Core Principles of Waxman-Markey Climate and Energy Bill
Apr 07, 2009
April 7, 2009 - Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP), a coalition of major national companies calling for passage of strong U.S. climate and energy policies in 2009, issued a statement in support of the core principles of the landmark Waxman-Markey climate and energy bill introduced March 31, 2009.
Hundreds of New Insurance Initiatives Emerging to Tackle Climate Change and Rising Weather Losses
Apr 02, 2009
April 2, 2009 – Hundreds of new insurance initiatives, including coverage for green buildings, renewable energy, carbon risk management, and officers’ liability are being offered to tackle climate change and rising weather-related losses in the U.S. and globally, according to a major new report released today by the Ceres investor coalition.
Gap, eBay and Symantec Join Business Coalition Calling for Action on Clean Energy & Climate Change
Mar 12, 2009
Ceres president Mindy Lubber today announced that three new companies - Gap Inc., eBay Inc. and Symantec Corp. - have joined a new business coalition, Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP). The coalition is calling for strong U.S. climate and energy policies in 2009 to spur clean energy and reduce global warming pollution.
Report Warns Businesses and Investors about Growing Water Scarcity Impacts from Climate Change
Feb 26, 2009
February 26, 2009 – Global climate change is exacerbating water scarcity problems around the world, yet few businesses and investors are paying attention to this growing financial threat, according to a report issued today by Ceres and the Pacific Institute.
BICEP Applauds Chairman Boxer for her Leadership in Release of Strong Climate Principles
Feb 04, 2009
February 4, 2009 – Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) commends Chairman Boxer for her steadfast commitment to scientifically and economically sound climate change legislative principles.
Ceres and Trillium Announce Second Annual Joan Bavaria Awards
Jan 29, 2009
In recognition of socially responsible investment pioneer Joan Bavaria, Ceres and Trillium Asset Management Corporation (“Trillium”) are inviting nominations for the second-annual Joan Bavaria Awards for Building Sustainability into the Capital Markets.
Five Major U.S. Companies Call For Congressional Action on Climate Change, Clean Energy
Nov 19, 2008
November 19, 2008 – Five leading U.S. corporations joined with Ceres today to announce the launch of a new business coalition calling for strong U.S. climate and energy legislation in early 2009 to spur the clean energy economy and reduce global warming pollution. The group’s key principles include stimulating renewable energy, promoting energy efficiency and green jobs, requiring 100 percent auction of carbon allowances, and limiting new coal-fired power plants to those that capture and store carbon emissions.