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BICEP Companies Send Letter to Senate in Support of EPA’s Authority to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Nov 30, 2010
November 30, 2010 – We are writing as major US businesses to urge you to oppose all riders to the FY11 Interior Appropriations bill that would block or delay enforcement of the Clean Air Act and /or specifically curtail EPA’s ability to take action on the regulation of carbon.
9 Miles a Gallon - and Lovin' It
Nov 23, 2010
Ceres' President Mindy Lubber blogs about how the Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are considering new mileage standards, and how standards for heavy-duty trucks should - and could - be 9 mpg.
Multiplying Our Impact: Ceres 2009-2010 Annual Report
Nov 20, 2010
November 2010 - This Ceres Annual Report highlights the remarkable achievements that we have made over the past year in working to build a sustainable global economy. It highlights our successes in four of today's most pressing sustainability issues: the scarcity of water, the need to replace fossil fuels with clean energy, supporting human rights and combating climate change. Ceres' Annual Report also includes case studies of the achievements we have made with our partners, including Oxfam America, Ford Motor Co. and the California Public Employees' Retirement System.
Disclosing Environmental Risks
Nov 20, 2010
Should public companies provide investors with disclosures related to climate change and environmental issues? Mindy Lubber, director of the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR) and president of Ceres, tells CFA Magazine that "investors don't want hidden risks."
Many 'New Faces' Make Shortlist For Ceres - Acca Sustainability Reporting Awards
Nov 20, 2010
Ceres and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) today announced the shortlist of candidate reports for the Ceres-ACCA North American Sustainability Reporting Awards 2003 program. Of the 52 applications received, 21 were selected for further consideration by the judges' panel that meets next month, including 16 for sustainability reporting and 5 for environmental reporting. This group includes several first-time reporters as well as small and medium sized reporters.
Investors press for progress on climate financing ahead of Cancun
Nov 17, 2010
Pension funds and other institutional investors eager to tap into financial opportunities tied to cutting greenhouse gas emissions say they would like nothing more than to put their money where their mouths are. Just ahead of the U.N.-led climate summit in Cancun, Mexico, starting at the end of this month, money managers are banging the drum for progress on adaptation financing, clean energy, reforestation and emissions targets. But they acknowledged yesterday that the smart bet is on incremental progress and not the frenzied expectations that defined the lead-up to the 2009 conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Deutsche Bank, Investors Seek Climate Change Action
Nov 16, 2010
Deutsche Bank AG and the California Public Employees' Retirement System are among 259 investors urging policy makers to combat global warming or face mounting economic disruptions in the next 40 years. Losses stemming from climate change may trim as much as 20 percent from global economic output by 2050, according to a statement from Ceres, a coalition that joined investors holding $15 trillion in assets in seeking action.
The Ripple Effect: Water Risk in the Municipal Bond Market Webinar
Nov 15, 2010
November 15, 2010 - This webinar delves into a first-of-its-kind Ceres' report, "The Ripple Effect: Managing Water Risk in the Municipal Bond Market".
The Ten Biggest American Cities That Are Running Out of Water
Oct 29, 2010
Some parts of the United States have begun to run low on water and the problem is worse than most people realize - particularly in several large cities that will almost certainly face shortfalls in a few years. Orlando, Fla., Atlanta and Tucson, Ariz. are just three of the cities who made 24/7 Wall St.'s water watch list.
Walmart and General Mills Bullish on Sustainable Palm Oil
Oct 22, 2010
Many consumers don't know that food producers, through their heavy use of palm oil, are a major driver of rainforest deforestation in Southeast Asia. Walmart and General Mills recently committed to changing that practice by "sourcing palm oil in a socially and environmentally responsible manner."
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.