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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.
On World Food Day, Seven Food & Beverage Giants Commit to Publicly Disclose Global Water Risks
Oct 16, 2015
Recognizing the growing threat that water risks pose to global food supplies, more than a half-dozen major food and beverage companies have agreed to publicly disclose information on how they are assessing and managing those risks.
Investors in Fossil Fuel Companies Boost Focus on Carbon Asset Risk in Warming World
Oct 16, 2015
A new report cites climate change pressures, regulatory trends and market forces that have triggered a heightened investor focus on how energy companies are grappling with the transition to a low-carbon global economy.
Shareholders achieve major corporate sustainability improvements
Oct 14, 2015
The analysis found that shareholder resolutions and company dialogues helped spur over 100 corporate commitments in 2014 and 2015 to address critical sustainability challenges.
How Much Do We Leak? At Last, California Will Know
Oct 13, 2015
California’s “severe drought” is now at 860 days and counting. Every Californian is feeling the ripples, whether in lawn watering bans, fallowed farmland or tap water limits at local restaurants. So when will the state’s water woes be over?
Farm Water Management Lessons from the Desert
Oct 05, 2015
Year-round warm temperatures and decades of smart water planning have earned the state its place in the market. Unlike California, however, Arizona is not currently facing a water crisis, even though it too is enduring prolonged drought.
Global Food Companies Unite On Climate Action
Sep 30, 2015
With key international climate negotiations fast approaching in Paris, the chief executive officers of major U.S. food and beverage companies released a joint letter to U.S. and world leaders pledging to accelerate business action on climate change and urging governments to do the same by forging a robust international agreement this December.
US Businesses, Investors Urge Stronger Truck Standards
Sep 30, 2015
Two major coalitions of business and investment leaders today called on the Obama Administration to strengthen its proposed rules for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, citing tens of billions of dollars and hundreds of millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions that could be saved.
Statement from Mindy Lubber on Shell Announcement to Cease Offshore Oil Exploration in Arctic
Sep 28, 2015
Shell's failed Arctic drilling endeavor is powerful evidence that the specter of stranded carbon assets is a real and growing problem for oil & gas companies.
Major U.S. banks call for leadership in addressing climate change
Sep 28, 2015
Six major U.S. banks – Bank of America, Citi, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo – have issued a joint statement calling for cooperation among governments in reaching a global climate agreement. The statement, published today by the sustainability advocacy nonprofit Ceres, voiced support for policy frameworks that “will provide greater market certainty, accelerate investment, drive innovation in low carbon energy, and create jobs.”
Major Companies Announce Support for California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard
Sep 22, 2015
Thirty-six companies, including 11 based in California, issued a letter to California Air Resources Board Chairman Mary Nichols expressing strong support for the re-adoption of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), citing the standard’s influence on investment in cleaner transportation fuels. The letter was coordinated by Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP), a project of the nonprofit sustainability advocacy organization, Ceres.
The Global Imperative of the 'Clean Trillion'
Sep 18, 2015
Climate change is the most significant threat to sustainable development. Left unchecked, it threatens to undermine progress on nearly all of the other Sustainable Development Goals -- from ending poverty and hunger to ensuring access to clean water and decent work.
How can we create a more sustainable financial system?
Sep 17, 2015
Seven years ago, we woke to news of the Lehman Brothers collapse and the landmark moment in this century’s biggest financial crisis. Amid all the blame, bailouts and bursting bubbles back in 2008, there was one universal action that everyone seemed to agree on: the need for transparency to better manage hidden risks in the financial system.
The Key To Improving Corporate Disclosure? Stock Exchanges
Sep 08, 2015
The phrase “ESG disclosure” was on the lips of hundreds of investors at the annual Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) conference in London today. And there’s a reason why the much-debated corporate disclosure gap on global sustainability challenges was center-stage: today, the United Nations released long-awaited Model Guidance on ESG Reporting for use by global stock exchanges.