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Decline in U.S. Mutual Funds’ Support of Climate-Related Shareholder Resolutions in 2010, New Report Finds
Apr 08, 2011
U.S. mutual funds’ proxy voting patterns for climate-related shareholder resolutions are not keeping pace with the escalating risks associated with climate change. Mutual funds’ overall support of these resolutions dropped from 27 percent in 2009 to 24 percent in 2010, after rising steadily the previous three years. That is the finding of Ceres’ sixth annual analysis of U.S. mutual fund votes by 46 leading mutual fund families collectively managing approximately $6 trillion in assets. The analysis was jointly conducted with Fund Votes, which has tracked U.S. mutual fund voting since reporting was first required in 2004.
New Ceres Survey Data: U.S. Mutual Funds Backtrack in Supporting Climate Resolutions in 2010
Apr 08, 2011
April 2011 – This survey, conducted by Ceres and Fund Votes, examines how U.S. mutual fund companies have been acting - or not acting - to address climate change risks in their portfolios through their proxy voting. The survey, now in its sixth year, analyzed 46 mutual fund families’ proxy votes on 36 shareholder-sponsored climate change-related resolutions in the 2010 proxy season. It found that U.S. mutual funds’ voting support for climate-related shareholder resolutions is not keeping pace with the escalating risks associated with climate change.
One Year After Gulf Oil Spill, BP Facing Investor Frustration Over Lack of Disclosure on Risk Management
Apr 06, 2011
On the one-year anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, an international coalition of leading socially responsible investors recommended to vote against or abstain from the BP accounts and reports at the company’s upcoming annual meeting.
Sustainability: Ending the ‘Tyranny of Short-Termism’
Mar 31, 2011
In addition to the economic crisis, businesses operating in our global economy face colossal environmental and social challenges – climate change, energy and water constraints, population pressures, rising consumer expectations and endemic poverty, to name just a few.
Ceres 2009 Sustainability Report
Mar 31, 2011
The 2009 Ceres Sustainability Report includes data that describe our progress over the period 2007-2009 toward reaching specific goals associated with a set of key performance indicators. In addition, the report offers a self-evaluation of organizational performance relative to relevant expectations set forth in the Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability.
New Reports from Citi, Ceres See U.S. Auto Industry Boosting Profits, Sales with Higher Mileage Standards
Mar 30, 2011
Two new reports from Citi Investment Research, Ceres and industry experts conclude that U.S. automakers will be more profitable at a fleetwide 42 mpg average in 2020 – and that by 2015 more than one in 20 cars sold in the U.S. will be hybrid, plug-in or full electric vehicles (EV).
Electric Vehicles: Perspectives on a Growing Investment Theme
Mar 30, 2011
March 2011 - This report, conducted in partnership with Citi Investment Research & Analysis, provides an overview of the current state of the dynamic electric vehicle industry, with a focus on individual company product plans, key technological issues and the latest industry initiatives and government policies that may influence further development of electric vehicles.
Fuel Economy Focus: Perspectives on 2020 Industry Implications
Mar 30, 2011
March 2011 - This fuel economy analysis, conducted in partnership with Citi Investment Research & Analysis, evaluates the potential impact that changes to the U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards may have on the auto industry in 2020. Federal and California state agencies tasked with developing these standards are expected to send their recommendations to the White House as early as May.
Three utilities agree to more water-risk disclosure
Mar 23, 2011
Dominion, Southern Company and PPL agreed to significantly expand reporting and disclosure on water availability risks and plans for mitigating those risks, according to Ceres, a coalition of investors and public interest groups, which works with companies on sustainability issues. The agreements were made in response to shareholders' resolutions filed several months ago asking them to evaluate and disclose their strategies on water risks, including low flows, thermal impacts and emerging regulations. The resolutions were withdrawn recently after the utilities' agreements.
As Water Scarcity Risks Grow, Investors Persuade Electric Utilities to Disclose Water Management Plans
Mar 23, 2011
March 23, 2011 – In response to shareholder requests, three leading electric utilities, Dominion, Southern Company and PPL Corporation, have agreed to significantly expand reporting and disclosure on water availability risks and plans for mitigating those risks.
Canadian Companies Pushed to Green Up Their Disclosure to Investors
Mar 22, 2011
Canada's stock exchanges list some of the most energy-intensive companies in the world, including hundreds of miners, like Barrick Gold and Teck Resources. The Toronto Stock Exchanges alone have handled more than 80% of worldwide mining equity transactions over the past five years.
Ceres President Mindy Lubber Statement on EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standard
Mar 16, 2011
In response to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) announcement today of its proposed Mercury and Air Toxics Standard, the following statement was issued by Mindy S. Lubber, president of Ceres and director of the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a network of 95 institutional investors across North America managing more than $9 trillion in assets.
Former Republican Congressman Bob Inglis Discusses 'Promise and Opportunity' in Addressing Climate Change
Mar 16, 2011
Former Congressman Bob Inglis (R-SC) addressed businesses, policymakers, investors and NGOs on the urgent issue of climate change at a March 16 Leadership Breakfast in Washington, DC, hosted by Ceres' Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP) coalition.
Sustainability Must Drive Business Success
Mar 14, 2011
Mindy Lubber of Ceres blogs about the importance of sustainability in the 21st century business world as a strategy of success.
The Color of Money: Green is Green in Colorado
Mar 14, 2011
Mindy Lubber of Ceres blogs about the ‘Race for American Jobs’ event held last week in Denver, Colorado
Banks Should Finance Energy Efficiency Loans, Not Subprime Mortgages
Mar 14, 2011
Mindy Lubber of Ceres blogs about how banks and financial institutions can refurbish their tarnished reputations by innovating new financial products that actually help average Americans.
Drive Less, Pay Less: Win-Win for Consumers & Climate
Mar 14, 2011
Mindy Lubber of Ceres blogs about the benefits of a car insurance based on the miles you drive. Pay-As-You-Drive (PAYD) was a hot topic at the National Association of Insurance Commissioner's Climate Risk Summit in San Francisco last week.
The Arena: Copenhagen Climate Conference Edition
Mar 14, 2011
Mindy Lubber of Ceres blogs about why U.S. businesses want strong climate action in Copenhagen.
CGI Members Fight For Strong Climate Policy In Copenhagen
Mar 14, 2011
As the United Nations conference on climate change opened in Copenhagen on Monday, Dec. 7, representatives of 192 nations came together in the hopes of negotiating a pact to reduce emissions. It’s a colossal task, and Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) members are stepping up to help.
Obama at the Copenhagen endgame: Climate experts’ forum
Mar 14, 2011
Mindy Lubber of Ceres answers the question, 'What do you think the impact will be of US President Barack Obama’s decision to attend the summit at the end of the conference rather than the early stages?'