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PBS Climate Watch Conversation with Mindy Lubber, President, Ceres
May 13, 2011
Climate Watch Senior Editor Craig Miller talks with Mindy Lubber, president of the Boston based nonprofit Ceres. The organization works to address sustainability challenges such as global climate change and water scarcity. This week, it held a conference in Oakland at which environmentalists, executives and investors from around the world gathered to consider ways for business to adopt environmentally sustainable practices.
California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols and Major Investors Discuss Economic Benefits of Clean Car Standards
May 13, 2011
Against a backdrop of gas prices exceeding $4 a gallon in many U.S. cities, Ceres hosted a face-to-face media availability and roundtable discussion on the economic benefits of strong fuel economy and emissions standards with California Air Resources Board (CARB) chair Mary Nichols and institutional investors.
Harnessing the Benefits of Open-Source Sustainability Tools
May 12, 2011
A growing number of companies are turning the concept of intellectual capital on its head in the name of sustainability. Count IBM, Nike and the Outdoor Industry Association among the growing list of business interests turning to open source models to lower costs and scale best practices and technologies.
Ceres Conference 2011: The world can no longer afford business as usual
May 12, 2011
Business as usual, the old economy, single bottom line capitalism -- these are terms, practices and policies Ceres would like to put behind us. But how?
Why Sustainability Reporting Is Revolutionary
May 12, 2011
The following was adapted from the acceptance speech given by Nike's Hannah Jones at the Ceres-ACCA North American Awards for Sustainability Reporting, where Nike won top honors for Best Sustainability Report.
Al Gore, Levi’s and PG&E rally around sustainability
May 12, 2011
The two largest US pension funds have teamed with leading companies such Levi Strauss and Pacific Gas & Electric, and an Al Gore-founded investment firm, in a commitment to promote environmental sustainability and tackle climate change.
Brown-Forman is First Beverage Alcohol Company to Join Ceres Network of Companies
May 12, 2011
Ceres announced today that it is has approved Brown-Forman Corporation (NYSE:BF.B), a spirits and wine company headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, as a Ceres Network Company. Brown-Forman has brands in its portfolio such as Jack Daniel’s, Herradura, El Jimador, Finlandia, Sonoma-Cutrer and Southern Comfort, among others. Companies that join Ceres commit to improve their sustainability disclosure and performance by engaging with investors, environmental groups and other stakeholders.
US pension giants make massive ESG commitments
May 12, 2011
CalPERS and CalSTRS, the giant California pension funds, today made sweeping commitments towards integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into their investment processes. It came as the funds helped launch the groundbreaking Investor-Business Roundtable for a Sustainable Economy at the Ceres conference.
Nike Wins Top Ceres-ACCA Award for Best Sustainability Reporting
May 11, 2011
Nike received the top sustainable reporting award today for the North American competition sponsored by Ceres and the Association for Chartered Certified Accountants at the Ceres conference in Oakland. The award was accepted by Hannah Jones, Vice President of Sustainable Business and Innovation at Nike. Other winners, selected from nearly 100 nominations by an independent panel of expert judges, included Anvil Knitwear, American Electric Power and SAP.
Leading Companies, Investors Band Together to Catalyze Sustainable Global Economy
May 11, 2011
Sustainable business practices got a powerful, public boost today when a group of globally prominent investors, Fortune 500 companies and organized labor announced a series of coordinated commitments to combat climate change and other societal challenges while building a safer, more sustainable global economy.
Levi's Revamps Supply Chain Engagement to Focus on Workers' Rights
May 11, 2011
On the opening day of the 2011 Ceres Conference, Levi's president, John Anderson, announced new Terms of Engagement that aim to step up the commitments put in place two decades ago.
Sprint Nextel, Intuit and Brown Forman join Ceres Network of Companies
May 11, 2011
The Ceres Board of Directors announced today that Sprint Nextel, Intuit and Brown Forman have joined the Ceres Network of Companies. Companies that join Ceres commit to improve their sustainability disclosure and performance by engaging with investors, environmental groups and other stakeholders.
KLD Co-founder Peter Kinder and Root Capital’s William Foote Recipients of 2011 Bavaria Awards
May 10, 2011
Socially responsible investing advocates Peter Kinder, co-founder and president until 2009 of KLD Research & Analytics, and William Foote, founder and CEO of Root Capital, were honored May 10, by Ceres and Trillium Asset Management as this year’s winners of the fourth annual Joan Bavaria Awards for Building Sustainability into the Capital Markets.
How Timberland, Levi's Use Teamwork to Advance Sustainability
May 09, 2011
Businesses can't take on complex environmental and social issues without input from the full spectrum of stakeholders ranging from NGOs and community groups to their suppliers, employees and investors.
The Evolution of Water Risk in the Municipal Bond Market
May 02, 2011
Municipal bonds are considered by many investors to be one of the safest investment options available. But a report released by Ceres last fall argued that many such bonds have unaccounted-for risks lurking in the water – literally.
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Apr 27, 2011
Business Leaders Say Clean Air Standards Good for Economy
Apr 21, 2011
Recently released data from independent business groups and the Environmental Protection Agency demonstrates the positive economic impacts of clean air standards and disprove the claims that new standards are bad for the economy, business and investing leaders said during a media teleconference today.
40 Is the New 30, As Automakers Ramp Up MPGs Across the Line
Apr 21, 2011
Carmakers, boxed in by regulation and rising prices at the pump, are finally going where they should have gone a long time ago by squeezing serious fuel economy out of the internal-combustion engine. The result is a growing number of cars that reach 40 mpg on the highway. These days, 40 mpg is the new 30
Joan Benoit Samuelson/Andrew Ference: We should run to clean energy
Apr 18, 2011
Today’s the annual spring moment when athletics take New England’s center stage — the Boston Marathon and traditional Red Sox matinee game, with yet another Bruins playoff run under way. As athletes privileged to compete at the highest levels in two of these events, we know a lot about competition and challenges. Our careers are anchored in a belief that it’s always possible to do better. We also want a better world for our children. That’s why we have taken a big interest in just the kind of challenge athletes love to take on — a drive for less polluting energy sources that will keep the air we breathe clean.
Weathering the Storm: Report Finds U.S. Energy System Not Ready
Apr 12, 2011
WASHINGTON - The country's energy infrastructure is not ready to weather the storm of more frequent extreme weather. A new National Wildlife Federation (NWF) report delivers that finding and makes recommendations for improving energy reliability. NWF climate scientist Dr. Amanda Staudt says floods, intense storms, hurricanes, droughts and heat waves have been happening more frequently, and they can disrupt power and fuel supplies.