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Add It Up: Measuring Impact, Minimizing Risk
Oct 27, 2009
For this podcast, Ceres sat down with Peter Williams, Chief Technology Officer for IBM’s Big Green Innovations division that aims to provide better real-time environmental data to help companies measure their impact and better manage risk.
Ceres Applauds SEC Decision Allowing Financial Risks in Environmental and Social Resolutions
Oct 27, 2009
October 28, 2009 – Ceres president Mindy Lubber praises the Securities and Exchange Commission for its decision yesterday to allow shareholder resolutions seeking information from companies on the financial risks they face from social and environmental issues including climate change.
Experts To Testify that New Fuel Economy Standards Will Benefit Consumers, Carmakers, Autoworkers
Oct 20, 2009
October 20, 2009 – At public hearings in Detroit tomorrow Oct. 21st and New York City this Friday, the authors of a new report on proposed automobile fuel economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas emission standards will testify that the standards will be good for U.S. automakers as well as the environment.
Coalitions of Investors and Environmental Groups Call on Ontario Securities Commission to Improve Climate Risk Disclosure
Oct 14, 2009
October 14, 2009 – Using survey results to bolster their request, Canadian and U.S. networks of investors and environmental groups, and climate change lawyers, have asked the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) to address poor rates of climate risk disclosure in securities filings.
CAFE and the U.S. Auto Industry Revisited: A Growing Auto Investor Issue (2011 - 2016)
Oct 08, 2009
October 2009 - This report evaluates the impact that changes to the U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program may have on the industry in 2016. We have issued this report as a follow-up to Citi’s October 22, 2007 report “CAFE and the U.S. Auto Industry – A Growing Auto Investor Issue, 2012-2020” in which we examined the impact of proposed fuel economy regulation on the U.S. auto industry.
Business Coalitions Form to Back Climate Change Bill
Oct 06, 2009
A delegation of more than 150 businesses supporting the bill, which is sponsored by Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., arrived in Washington yesterday and will flood senators' offices today to urge movement on climate change legislation.
More Than 150 Companies From 30 Plus States To Support Comprehensive Energy & Climate Legislation
Oct 05, 2009
October 5, 2009 – In one of the most diverse business gatherings of its kind in support of climate legislation, the group will come to the Nation’s Capitol on October 6th and 7th, to advocate for comprehensive climate and energy policies to create more than 1.7 million new jobs, cut carbon pollution, restore America’s competitiveness and provide for our economic and national security.
Ceres, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Water Asset Management Join Forces to Assess the Impact of Water Scarcity on Municipal Bond Investments
Sep 24, 2009
September 24, 2009 – Amid growing concerns about water scarcity and climate change, Ceres announced a new collaboration today with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP UK (PwC) and Water Asset Management LLC to drive sustainable investment in water-intensive sectors and the development of a resilient water infrastructure.
Brick by Brick: Reducing Carbon Emissions by Increasing Energy Efficiency
Sep 22, 2009
This month, we speak with Lauralee Martin, CFO of Jones Lang LaSalle, a global real estate services provider that operates and manages 1.4 billion square feet of commercial building space in more than 60 countries. Martin reveals how Jones Lang LaSalle is unlocking the power of energy efficiency to reduce energy use in commercial buildings and save money in the process.
First-Ever Survey Shows Emerging Market Banks Growing Interest in Climate Change
Sep 17, 2009
September 17, 2009 – Amid growing pressure on developing countries to join an international climate treaty later this year, a new Ceres report released today shows that emerging market banks are beginning to integrate climate change considerations into lending and other business decision-making, but that significantly more attention is needed.
Call for Submissions: Ceres-ACCA 2009 Sustainability Reporting Awards
Sep 10, 2009
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Ceres, a US coalition of environmental and investor groups, today called for submissions to the ninth-annual Ceres-ACCA North American Awards for Sustainability Reporting.
Addressing Climate Risk: Financial Institutions and Emerging Markets
Sep 08, 2009
September 2009 - The results of the survey show that emerging market banks recognize the challenges from climate change and are beginning to position themselves for its wide-ranging risks and opportunities, whether from carbon-reducing regulations, international carbon trading schemes or far-reaching physical impacts.
The Co-operators Becomes First Insurance Company to Join Ceres
Aug 25, 2009
Citing the company’s five-year track record on sustainability reporting and commitments to addressing climate change, the Ceres Board of Directors today announced it has approved The Co-operators as the newest member of Ceres’ corporate network. The Co-operators is the first insurance company among more than 80 member companies that comprise the Ceres network. A leading coalition of investors, environmental groups and public interest organizations, Ceres works with companies to address a variety of sustainability challenges, including global climate change.
Ceres, BICEP Praise House Passage of Landmark Climate and Energy Bill
Jun 26, 2009
June 26, 2009 – The Ceres coalition of investors, environmentalists and public interest groups and BICEP – Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy – issued a joint statement on today’s U.S. House passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES).
Business Leaders Join Forces to Lend Support for Climate and Energy Bill
Jun 25, 2009
June 25, 2009 – CEOs from a dozen leading electric power, technology and consumer companies are visiting the nation's capital today to push the business case for strong climate and clean energy legislation before a key House vote this week on the Waxman/Markey bill.
Business and Utility CEOs Call for Action on Energy and Climate
Jun 23, 2009
June 23, 2009 – In a new series of print ads running in key Washington, DC publications, business leaders from companies of all sizes and across numerous sectors are calling upon President Obama and Congress to swiftly enact comprehensive legislation to cut carbon pollution and create an economy-wide cap and trade program.
Climate Risk Disclosure in SEC Filings: An Analysis of 10K Reporting by Oil and Gas, Insurance, Coal, Transportation and Electric Power Companies
Jun 10, 2009
June 2009 - This Ceres/Environmental Defense Fund report evaluates the current state of climate risk disclosure by 100 global companies in five sectors that have a strong stake in preparing for a low carbon future: electric utilities, coal, oil and gas, transportation and insurance. It assesses climate risk disclosure in the SEC filings made by these companies in Q1 2008, and finds very limited disclosure.
New Report: Major Mutual Funds Increase Support for Shareholder Resolutions on Climate Change
Jun 04, 2009
June 4, 2009 – A growing number of investors are pressuring companies whose stock they own to boost their attention to the business risks and opportunities posed by climate change. So they’re increasing the number of shareholder resolutions aimed at moving companies in that direction – and major mutual funds increasingly are voting with them, according to a new Ceres report.
Studies Show Global Companies Still Failing to Report Strategies and Potential Impacts from Climate Change
Jun 03, 2009
June 3, 2009 – Climate change-related disclosure continues to be weak or altogether nonexistent in SEC filings of global companies with the most at stake in preparing for a low-carbon global economy, according to two major studies released today by Ceres, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and the Center for Energy and Environmental Security (CEES). The reports’ findings highlight the need for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to respond to repeated investor requests for formal guidance on climate-related disclosure companies should be providing in securities filings.
Reclaiming Transparency in a Changing Climate
Jun 03, 2009
June 2009 – This report, by Ceres, CEES and Environmental Defense Fund, reviews over 6,000 SEC filings by S&P 500 companies from 1995 to 2008. While the study finds some modest improvement in climate risk disclosure since 1995, in 2008 75% of annual reports filed by S&P 500 corporations failed to even mention climate change and only 5% articulated a strategy for managing climate-related risks.