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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.
Ready for REDD+? Connecting Forests to Carbon Emissions Markets
Sep 16, 2010
In this episode, we are joined by Dorjee Sun, CEO of Carbon Conservation, a forest carbon financing and management company, to talk about the work his company is doing to protect forests and help get these carbon reduction markets out of the woods.
Call for Submissions: 10th annual Ceres-ACCA Awards for Sustainability Reporting
Sep 14, 2010
Ceres - a national coalition of investor, environmental and public interest groups – and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Canada invite corporations and organizations to submit their sustainability reports to the 10th annual Ceres-ACCA North American Awards for Sustainability Reporting.
Mining Companies Must Disclose Safety Violations Under New US Law
Aug 13, 2010
Workplace safety records for companies with US mining operations, in the spotlight since the Upper Big Branch blast, will be more visible to investors, as federal regulators prepare to enforce a law requiring them to detail violations and fines meted out by the Mine Safety and Health Administration in their financial disclosure forms.
Investors Ask Oil, Insurance Groups to Disclose Safety Plans
Aug 05, 2010
A coalition of mostly institutional investors is demanding oil and gas companies disclose their existing safeguards and plans of action in the event of another offshore rig disaster and possible oil spill like the one experienced by BP PLC and other companies in the Gulf of Mexico.
California, New York Pension Funds Demand Detail on Oil Groups Spill Plans
Aug 05, 2010
The investors sent letters to the chief executive officers at 27 oil and gas producers such as Exxon Mobil Corp and insurance companies including American International Group Inc., asking them to detail their capability to prevent or respond to an accident, as well as what they learned from the Gulf spill. U.S. states, through their public pension funds, invest in such companies as ConocoPhillips and Chevron Corp.
Appetite for Infrastructure: Building the Renewable Energy Sector
Aug 05, 2010
In this episode, Bill Green, Managing Director of Macquarie Capital's renewable infrastructure investing team explains the world of renewable energy infrastructure and makes the case for why scaling up the physical infrastructure for renewable energy is a good bet for investors even in the absence of an immediate price on carbon.
Extracting Oil from Canadian Sand Pits
Aug 03, 2010
Canada has some of the most oil in the world, and about half of it comes from the "oil sands." Oil companies use some of the most expensive, energy intensive technology to extract the oil from the sand -- which leaves an impact on the environment too.
The 21st Century Electric Utility: Positioning for a Low-Carbon Future
Jul 27, 2010
July 2010 - This report identifies five key elements of a 21st century electric utility business model and makes specific recommendations to utilities as they transition to a low-carbon future. It is by no means the final word on this complex and constantly evolving subject. Rather it is a starting point for utilities, policymakers, regulators, investors, analysts, and advocates to consider the utility decisions and behaviors best suited to helping us realize the energy future we all want – a future that, as the report says, “minimizes cost, risk and environmental impact, and maximizes opportunity, options and societal benefit.”
New Report: U.S. Electric Utilities Must Embrace Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency to Compete in 21st Century
Jul 26, 2010
The most successful utilities in the 21st Century will be very different from those of the 20th Century. To remain competitive, U.S. utilities will need to provide cleaner, low-carbon electricity while enabling customers to better manage and reduce their energy use. Achieving this will require significant changes to the traditional utility business model.