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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.
Ceres and BICEP Support Waxman/Markey Bill Passed by Committee
May 22, 2009
May 22, 2009 – Ceres and BICEP - representing some of America’s largest businesses and institutional investors - applaud Chairmen Waxman and Markey for completing markup of this historic energy and climate legislation. This is the first time major legislation of this sort has passed the House Energy & Commerce Committee.
‘Climate Watch’ Company Ultra Petroleum (UPL) Faces Shareholder Resolution on its Global Warming Strategy
May 20, 2009
May 20, 2009 – Climate change laggard Ultra Petroleum will face a shareholder resolution at its annual meeting on May 21 seeking greater disclosure on its climate change business strategy.
Ceres/BICEP Joint Statement: Many Strengths in Waxman-Markey Compromise, but Work is not Done
May 18, 2009
May - 18, 2009 – Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP) and Ceres, a coalition of investors and other public interest organizations working to address sustainability challenges like climate change, today released a statement supporting the newly announced compromise version of the Waxman-Markey climate and energy bill.
Small U.S. Businesses Join Major Companies in Pushing for Climate and Energy Bill Action
May 13, 2009
Small business support for strong climate and energy legislation from Congress this year merged forcefully today with widespread existing support from dozens of major U.S. businesses.
Shareholders Show Strong Support for ConocoPhillips Oil Sands Proposal
May 13, 2009
May 13, 2009 – ConocoPhillips shareholders demonstrated even stronger support this year than last for a shareholder proposal calling for the company to fully account for the environmental impact of its tar sands operations.
Mutual Funds and Climate Change: Growing Support for Shareholder Resolutions
May 10, 2009
May 2009 - Mutual fund support for climate change-related shareholder resolutions involving U.S. companies reached new highs in 2008, but there is still much room for improvement. The increased support mirrors rising overall investor support for climate change resolutions in recent years. It comes as the business case for supporting climate-related resolutions is increasingly clear, as regulation of greenhouse gas emissions is now a reality in many regions of the U.S. and federal regulations are a strong possibility.
Leading Insurers, Public Officials and Environmental Groups Call for Bold Action to Adapt to Changing Climate Trends to Protect America’s Coastlines
Apr 23, 2009
As another hurricane season approaches and government leaders debate U.S. climate policy, a first-ever coalition of leading insurers, public officials, risk experts, builders and conservation groups today announced a bold blueprint of policy changes and common sense actions that could reduce economic losses from future storms and rising sea levels by as much as half along U.S. coastlines. The coalition urges the Obama Administration, Congress, local leaders and the private sector to see that these actions are implemented through regulation, investment, education and other means.
Aspen Skiing, Clif Bar & Company and Seventh Generation Join BICEP Coalition
Apr 16, 2009
April 16, 2009 – Ceres president Mindy Lubber today announced that three new companies – Aspen Skiing Company, Clif Bar & Company, and Seventh Generation - have joined the new coalition Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP).
GE Corporation Wins Ceres-ACCA North American Awards for Best Sustainability Reporting
Apr 15, 2009
GE Corporation received the top sustainability reporting award today at the 2009 Ceres Conference in San Francisco, California, as part of international competition organized by the Boston-based Ceres coalition and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). The winners, selected from 97 nominations, also included Seventh Generation, Ball Corporation, Symantec, the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC), and Dell, Inc.
Robert Massie Honored – Twice – for Long String of Achievements in Building a Sustainable Global Economy
Apr 14, 2009
Robert Massie has co-founded a homeless shelter. He’s led a parish. He’s run for statewide public office, lectured for years at the Harvard Divinity School, led the world in battling South African apartheid and then written the definitive history of America’s role in that movement.
Pumping Political Iron: Consumer Companies Flex Their Climate Change Muscle (Part 3)
Apr 14, 2009
The Ceres podcast caught up with Jim Hanna, Environmental Affairs Manager at Starbucks Coffee Company to talk about Starbucks' views on climate and energy legislation and the company's involvement in Ceres' new coalition, Businesses for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP).
Pumping Political Iron: Consumer Companies Flex Their Climate Change Muscle (Part 2)
Apr 14, 2009
The Ceres podcast caught up with David Douglas, Senior Vice President of Cloud Computing and Chief Sustainability Officer at Sun Microsystems to talk about the company's views on climate and energy legislation and the company's involvement in Ceres' new coalition, Businesses for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP).
Pumping Political Iron: Consumer Companies Flex Their Climate Change Muscle (Part 1)
Apr 14, 2009
The Ceres podcast caught up with Sarah Severn, Director of Horizons Corporate Responsibility at Nike at to talk about Nike's views on climate and energy legislation and the company's involvement in Ceres' new Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP).
Resilient Coasts: A Blueprint for Action
Apr 08, 2009
April 2009 - The Heinz Center and Ceres undertook the challenging task of forging consensus on principles and actions to increase coastal resilience for three fundamental reasons: our coasts are threatened, there are reasonable steps to counter those threats, and we as a nation are not yet taking them.
2008 Ceres-ACCA Reporting Awards Judges Report
Apr 08, 2009
April 2009 - Ninety-seven sustainability reports from companies and organizations representing a range of sectors were submitted for review this year. Of these, 19 reports were short-listed and an expert panel of judges met in January 2009 to select the award winners.