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The Ripple Effect: Water Risk in the Municipal Bond Market
Oct 22, 2010
October 2010 - Growing water scarcity in many parts of the United States is a hidden financial risk for investors who buy the water and electric utility bonds that finance much of the country's vast water and power infrastructure, according to this first-ever report by Ceres and Water Asset Management. The report evaluates and ranks water scarcity risks for public water and power utilities in some of the country's most water-stressed regions, including Los Angeles, Phoenix, Dallas and Atlanta.
Water Scarcity a Bond Risk, Study Warns
Oct 20, 2010
The municipal bonds that help finance a major portion of the nation’s water supply may be riskier than investors realize because their credit ratings do not adequately reflect the growing risks facing the water industry, according to a new Ceres study.
How to become a Ceres Network Company
Oct 15, 2010
Ceres provides expert advice, access, and support for companies’ sustainability needs. The Ceres Company Network includes over 80 companies—from a range of sectors, including technology, consumer products, food & beverage, oil & gas, and footwear & apparel, among many others. Approximately one-third of the company members are listed in the Fortune 500.
The Ceres Company Network
Oct 15, 2010
Ceres works with a wide array of member companies—Citi, PepsiCo, Bloomberg, eBay, PG&E, Suncor, and Gap among them—to improve their sustainability performance and devise strategies to enhance their competitive advantage in this arena. The customized Ceres engagement with stakeholder teams can focus upon transparency and disclosure, sustainability strategy development, policy development, feedback on products and initiatives, employee education, board and executive engagement, and investor engagement.
The Ceres Roadmap: 20 Key Expectations
Oct 14, 2010
The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap to Sustainability is a vision and practical roadmap for integrating sustainability into the DNA of business—from the boardroom to the copy room. This document summarizes the 20 key expectations of companies in four areas: governance, stakeholder engagement, disclosure and performance.
The Ceres Roadmap Summary
Oct 14, 2010
The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap to Sustainability is a vision and practical roadmap for integrating sustainability into the DNA of business—from the boardroom to the copy room. This summary document features the 20 expectations for companies, thought leader perspectives, an introduction to the key drivers of sustainability and the investor perspective on sustainability.
Ceres and CalPERS Announce Initiative to Accelerate Corporate Action on Global Sustainability Challenges
Oct 14, 2010
Amid rising global temperatures, population growth and resource constraints, Ceres formed a collaboration today with Nike, the Skoll Foundation and the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), the nation's largest public pension fund, to use their collective clout to urge the nation's largest companies to move more quickly to understand global sustainability risks and develop new business models and solutions.
Investor Groups Balk at Oil Companies' Support of Prop. 23
Oct 13, 2010
Institutional investor groups concerned about corporate funding of political campaigns are expected to announce shareholder resolutions Wednesday that will challenge three energy firms making big-dollar contributions to halt California's landmark law limiting greenhouse gas emissions.
Oil sands production could carry risk for investors
Oct 13, 2010
The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has already had devastating environmental consequences, but let's leave that aside for a moment and ask -- how should oil company investors be thinking about risky production projects?
Pakistan Flooding Hits Home
Oct 13, 2010
Beyond the immense suffering within Pakistan's borders, the flooding is also triggering ripples for America's economic interests, from higher cotton and rice prices to national security costs in the fight against terrorism.
Getting to 60 mpg in fifteen years
Oct 13, 2010
Federal and state officials working jointly on new national mileage standards for cars and trucks can do America’s businesses a big favor by boosting those standards sharply.
Lessons from the Edge
Oct 13, 2010
Jared Diamond, author of the acclaimed book, "Collapse," is the prophet of sinking societies. So what is Diamond's take on threats facing society today - and what lessons are there for 250 hardheaded investors at Deutsche Bank, who gathered Monday in New York to hear Diamond and other experts discuss climate change and other sustainability challenges.
Fidelity Records First "Green" Proxy Votes
Oct 08, 2010
Four mutual funds at Fidelity Investments recently backed an environmentalist proxy proposal for the first time on record. "This is a tiny symbolic gesture on their part, but one in the right direction," said Rob Berridge, senior manager at Ceres.
Deep Water, Deep Trouble
Oct 06, 2010
The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico illustrates the unique challenges now facing the energy industry. In fact, stakeholders are now looking for evidence that companies have robust spill contingency plans and clear guidelines for contractor selection and oversight, according to Ceres' Oil Industry Program Director Andrew Logan.
BP Revamps Risk Management; Forms Oversight Unit
Sep 29, 2010
In response to the Gulf Coast oil spill disaster in which 11 people were killed, British Petroleum said it is forming a safety and risk unit that will report directly to the company’s incoming chief executive officer. Ceres Director of Oil & Gas Industry Programs Andrew Logan says that BP’s announcement may say more about BP than it does about the industry
BP's Loss is Sustainability's Gain?
Sep 29, 2010
Several lessons have come out of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, not least of which has been how unprepared most investors were for the implications of such an event. Despite several warning signs in BP’s recent environmental record, the scale of the crisis and consequent fall-out for the company has been shocking to most observers.
California Companies in BICEP Coalition Urge Prop. 23 “No” Vote
Sep 29, 2010
September 29, 2010 – California-based Levi Strauss & Co., eBay Inc., Symantec, Clif Bar & Company and The North Face – all internationally known brand names – today urged California voters to reject the Proposition 23 ballot initiative. They said it would effectively kill the state’s landmark air pollution and clean energy law – and with it the kind of technological innovation opportunities that create many jobs.
CalPERS, Ceres, Nike air their call for sustainability
Sep 23, 2010
CalPERS teamed up with Nike and Ceres to urge 1,000 of the largest U.S. companies to incorporate global sustainability factors into business decision-making to deal with social and environmental risks that impact corporate investment returns, according to a joint statement from the group.
Asset Management Firm Legg Mason Joins Ceres’ Network of Companies
Sep 21, 2010
Ceres is pleased to welcome Legg Mason Global Asset Management (Legg Mason) into its network of companies. Legg Mason is one of the largest asset management firms in the world, with $658 billon in assets under management as of May 31, 2010. By joining the Ceres company network, Legg Mason commits to long-term stakeholder engagement, public disclosure of its environmental and social impacts and strategies, and continuous sustainability performance improvement.
US Power Sector is Changing -- Even Without a Climate Bill
Sep 17, 2010
Now that the climate bill is in hibernation, it would be easy to despair that the US power sector will resume its tradition of burning high-polluting coal to sell increasing amounts of electricity.