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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.
From Risk to Opportunity 2008: Insurer Responses to Climate Change
Apr 08, 2009
April 2009 - Hundreds of new insurance initiatives, including coverage for green buildings, renewable energy, carbon risk management, and officers’ liability are being offered to tackle climate change and rising weather-related losses in the U.S. and globally, according to this report by the Ceres investor coalition.
BICEP Coalition of Major National Companies Supports Core Principles of Waxman-Markey Climate and Energy Bill
Apr 07, 2009
April 7, 2009 - Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP), a coalition of major national companies calling for passage of strong U.S. climate and energy policies in 2009, issued a statement in support of the core principles of the landmark Waxman-Markey climate and energy bill introduced March 31, 2009.
Hundreds of New Insurance Initiatives Emerging to Tackle Climate Change and Rising Weather Losses
Apr 02, 2009
April 2, 2009 – Hundreds of new insurance initiatives, including coverage for green buildings, renewable energy, carbon risk management, and officers’ liability are being offered to tackle climate change and rising weather-related losses in the U.S. and globally, according to a major new report released today by the Ceres investor coalition.
The Water Disclosure Desert: Rethinking the Value of Water in the Climate Change Era
Mar 20, 2009
This week we are joined by the Pacific Institute's Jason Morrison and Ceres' own Brooke Barton who released a new report, "Water Scarcity and Climate Change: Growing Risks for Businesses & Investors" that discusses the links between climate change and water supply, how it affects companies and investors, and ways to prepare for a world of increasing water scarcity.
Gap, eBay and Symantec Join Business Coalition Calling for Action on Clean Energy & Climate Change
Mar 12, 2009
Ceres president Mindy Lubber today announced that three new companies - Gap Inc., eBay Inc. and Symantec Corp. - have joined a new business coalition, Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP). The coalition is calling for strong U.S. climate and energy policies in 2009 to spur clean energy and reduce global warming pollution.
Global Climate Disclosure Framework for Automobile Companies
Mar 08, 2009
March 2009 - This disclosure framework focuses on the business issues and indicators specific to the auto sector, and can be used as a reporting tool through both the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).
Report Warns Businesses and Investors about Growing Water Scarcity Impacts from Climate Change
Feb 26, 2009
February 26, 2009 – Global climate change is exacerbating water scarcity problems around the world, yet few businesses and investors are paying attention to this growing financial threat, according to a report issued today by Ceres and the Pacific Institute.