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Business Community Ready To Do Its Part To Catalyze Low-Carbon Global Economy
Dec 04, 2015
Every day here at the UN climate talks, we’re hearing new private sector commitments to catalyze the low-carbon global economy.
Thinking Big and Bold on Climate Finance
Dec 04, 2015
The transition to a thriving, clean economy that protects the global climate while providing equitable access to sustainable development does not come cheap. The energy innovation and climate-resilient infrastructure we need requires finance at scale. This is why the climate finance discussion is so difficult and so important.
Apparel company CEOs call for strong climate deal
Dec 03, 2015
Citing droughts, temperature shifts and other impacts that will make apparel production “more difficult and costly,” the CEOs of seven top global apparel companies today issued a statement calling on government leaders to reach a strong climate change agreement here that will stop the growth of greenhouse gas pollution that is causing damaging global warming.
Business & financial sectors converge at COP21
Nov 25, 2015
Dozens of major companies and investors from across the United States will be joining the nonprofit sustainability group Ceres at the upcoming climate negotiations in Paris in support of a strong global climate deal that will accelerate the shift to a low-carbon, clean energy economy.
The CEOs of Coca-Cola, The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., Hershey’s and PepsiCo Join Food & Beverage Call for Climate Action
Nov 24, 2015
With key international climate negotiations one week away, the chief executive officers of Coca-Cola, The Hain Celestial Group Inc., Hershey’s and PepsiCo announce today that they’ve joined with ten of their peers in signing a joint letter to U.S. and world leaders urging governments to forge a robust international climate agreement in Paris.
International Consultation Opens on Water Climate Bond Standard
Nov 23, 2015
The Climate Bonds Initiative and consortium partners Ceres, World Resources Institute, CDP and the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation have released for public comment, the world’s first standard for low carbon and climate resilient water bonds. The proposed Water Climate Bond Standard will bring a focus on vulnerability assessment and climate mitigation and adaptation planning to the fixed income space. It will allow investors to easily prioritise projects that are seriously considering their climate impacts and climate resilience.
Building and Real Estate Companies Join Call for Action on Climate Change
Nov 20, 2015
As Paris readies for the COP21 International Climate talks, more than 53 building and real estate companies, including Thornton Tomasetti, Skanska and JLL, announced today that they have signed on to the Building and Real Estate Climate Declaration, a business call to action that urges policymakers to seize the economic opportunity of tackling climate change.
Exxon's Handling of Climate Change Raises Questions About Board Oversight at Oil Giant
Nov 18, 2015
Corporate boards and the critical oversight function they play have come to the fore over the last year. You don't need to look any further than the scandal roiling ExxonMobil to understand the high stakes at play.
World Bank Climate Envoy Delivers Powerful Message on Coming Low-Carbon Revolution
Nov 12, 2015
The World Bank’s Rachel Kyte is a whirling dervish these days in advance of key international climate change negotiations. She recently made a stop at the University of Massachusetts-Boston to share her optimism that a big climate breakthrough is possible next month in Paris.
How Institutional Investors Can Alleviate Climate Change While Boosting the Global Economy
Nov 12, 2015
Institutional investors like to call themselves global investors, but when it comes to global clean energy financing that’s hardly the case. Pension funds, insurance companies and other investors manage trillions of dollars, but precious few of those dollars are being invested in renewable energy projects in developing countries — a key linchpin in curbing carbon pollution to avoid catastrophic global warming.
Ceres Releases Report Proposing New 21st Century Electric Utility Model Aligned with Clean Energy Goals
Nov 09, 2015
As regulators, industry representatives and advocates discuss power sector challenges at the 2015 National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC) annual meeting, Ceres released a report outlining a pathway to align the electric utility business model with increased clean energy deployment and long-term financial viability amid growing climate change concerns.
Ceres Statement on New York AG’s Investigation into ExxonMobil
Nov 06, 2015
Ceres and its investor members have engaged with ExxonMobil and its predecessor companies for decades. Our message all along has been clear: disclose the risks of climate change to investors, and tell us what you are doing to manage those risks. We have long warned the company that failure to do so could bring about significant liability.
Here's an unexpected answer for the groundwater shortage
Nov 05, 2015
Congressional representatives in October sent a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown asking about his plans to ensure that when El Niño’s storms hit, the water is captured. More dams, greater surface storage and looser environmental permitting do not add up to a sustainable water supply for California. We need to think outside of the box.
Mindy Lubber Statement, in response to the World Federation of Exchanges' Sustainability Reporting Guidance Launch
Nov 04, 2015
For several years, Ceres and our investor members have worked with individual exchanges and the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) on sustainability reporting standards. Ceres President Mindy Lubber issued a statement regarding the progress made and the work ahead for global exchanges and sustainability reporting.
35 Members of Congress Urge SEC to Take Robust Action to Improve Climate Risk Disclosure
Oct 29, 2015
Senators Jack Reed (RI) and Brian Schatz (HI), Representative Matt Cartwright (PA) and 31 other members of Congress wrote to Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White seeking stronger action by the federal agency to ensure that companies are adequately disclosing material risks from climate change.
Ceres report: How board directors can elevate sustainability more effectively at companies
Oct 28, 2015
Broadening board compositions, reduced focus on quarterly returns and stronger compensation linkages are just a few of the ways that board directors can elevate sustainability concerns more effectively at the companies they serve on. A new Ceres report highlights the generally weak performance of U.S. corporate boards in prioritizing environmental and social issues and recommendations for boosting their effectiveness.
Statement on the formal publication of the Clean Power Plan by Ceres President, Mindy S. Lubber
Oct 23, 2015
Together with our member companies and investors, Ceres looks forward to working with the President, with Members of Congress and with state lawmakers to allow the Clean Power Plan to drive a robust, clean energy economy.
Big Business Steps Up on Climate Change
Oct 22, 2015
Ceres President Mindy Lubber had the honor of standing side-by-side with Vice President Joe Biden as he announced the latest round of companies to join the White House’s American Business Act on Climate pledge. Companies are supporting the Administration’s efforts to negotiate a robust international climate agreement in Paris – and more action is needed.
Major U.S. Companies Join White House Climate Action Pledge
Oct 19, 2015
Companies making the pledge have set significant greenhouse gas reduction and renewable energy sourcing goals for 2020 and beyond, and are focusing on increasing energy efficiency, boosting low-carbon investing and making sustainability more accessible to low-income Americans.
Investors Urge World Leaders to Join Them - Now! - on Path to Low-Carbon Economy
Oct 19, 2015
From all corners of the world, we can hear sounds of applause at news that world leaders have agreed on a climate finance package. To be clear, it wasn't a congratulatory standing ovation at the finish line; it was the encouraging and excited applause that comes at the beginning of a long race.