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Mutual Funds and Climate Change: Opposition to Climate Change Begins to Thaw
Apr 08, 2008
April 2008 - This report is the fourth by Ceres examining the mutual fund industry’s proxy voting practices on climate change shareholder resolutions. This new analysis of the voting records of 1,285 mutual funds from 62 leading mutual fund firms indicates that the industry’s previously icy attitude on climate resolutions is beginning to thaw, and that many on Wall Street are starting to realize the financial risks and opportunities from climate change.
Selling Out: Clean Technology Goes Mainstream
Mar 21, 2008
This week we're joined by Bill Page, VP of Environmental, Social and Governance Investments at State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), to talk about the emerging cleantech market and SSGA's Global Environment Opportunity Strategy (GEOS).
Less is More: The Argument for Energy Efficiency
Mar 02, 2008
In this episode, Diana Farrell, Director of the McKinsey Global Institute, makes the case for investing in energy efficiency.
Investor Progress on Climate Risks & Opportunities: Results Achieved Since the 2005 Investor Summit on Climate Risk
Feb 08, 2008
February 2008 - This report reviews the substantial progress that investors have made toward the objectives in the 2005 INCR Action Plan, including clean technology investments, shareholder resolutions, development of the Global Framework for Climate Risk Disclosure and successful engagement with Congress and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Electric Utilities: Global Climate Disclosure Framework
Feb 08, 2008
February 2008 - The Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC, Europe), Ceres, which directs the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR, US), and the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC, Australia and New Zealand) have collaborated to develop a reporting framework which defines investors’ climate change-related disclosure expectations for electric utilities and power generators, specifically those involved in power generation.
Corporate Governance and Climate Change: The Banking Sector
Jan 15, 2008
January 2008 - This report analyzes the corporate governance and strategic approaches of 40 of the world's largest banks to the challenges and opportunities posed by climate change. The financial community is at the center of this economic transformation. With nearly $6 trillion in market capitalization, banks are the world's major capital providers and risk management experts. As such, banks have a vital role in finding timely, practical and cost-effective solutions to mitigate climate change and adapt the economy to its already apparent effects.
Ceres and Trillium Announce Inaugural Joan Bavaria Awards
Dec 05, 2007
Honoring the founder of both organizations, Ceres and Trillium Asset Management Corporation have established an annual awards program named after socially responsible investment pioneer, Joan Bavaria. The inaugural Joan Bavaria Awards for Building Sustainability into the Capital Markets will be presented at the Ceres 2008 Conference to be held April 29-30, 2008 in Boston.
Facility Reporting Project: Guide to Stakeholder Engagement
Nov 09, 2007
November 2007 - Developed in collaboration with the U.S. EPA and Industrial Economics, this document provides detailed guidance to companies on how to engage local stakeholders as part of developing a facility or site-level sustainability report. Numerous case studies illustrate lessons learned and best practices by facilities that have undertaken facility level engagement and reporting.
From Risk to Opportunity 2007: Insurer Responses to Climate Change
Nov 06, 2007
November 2007 - Global warming and the growing incidence of extreme weather events pose an enormous challenge to the insurance industry. This report focuses on the significant progress made by insurers to develop these new products and services.
Hundreds of New Insurance Initiatives Emerging to Tackle Climate Change and Rising Weather Losses
Oct 18, 2007
October 18, 2007 – Hundreds of new insurance initiatives, including ‘green’ building credits, drought-protection in developing countries and incentives for investing in renewable energy and carbon emissions trading are being offered to tackle climate change and rising weather-related losses in the U.S. and globally, according to a major new report announced today at the annual conference of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors.
Ceres Annual Report: 2006 and Beyond
Oct 06, 2007
October 2007 - This Ceres Annual Report 2006 & Beyond demonstrates the momentum we have created through our work, our strategies and, most importantly, our results. It includes four sections on key approaches we use to achieve our mission of advancing sustainable prosperity: Connect. Lead. Solve. Inform.
CAFE and the U.S. Auto Industry: A Growing Auto Investor Issue, 2012-2020
Oct 06, 2007
October 2007 - A new analysis by Citi, Ceres and the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR) finds that the Senate proposal to raise fuel economy standards for U.S. cars and trucks will have only minor impact on shareholders of auto companies.
Major Investors, State Officials, Environmental Groups Petition SEC to Require Full Corporate Climate Risk Disclosure
Sep 18, 2007
September 18, 2007 – A broad coalition of investors, state officials with regulatory and fiscal management responsibilities, and environmental groups today filed a landmark petition asking the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to require publicly-traded companies to assess and fully disclose their financial risks from climate change. Also today, the coalition formally asked the Commission's Division of Corporation Finance to immediately begin "[c]losely scrutinizing the adequacy of registrants' climate disclosures" under existing law.
Ceres Seeks Submissions for 2007 Sustainability Report Awards
Sep 11, 2007
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Ceres, a US-based coalition of investors and environmental groups, today called for submissions to the sixth annual Ceres-ACCA North American Awards for Sustainability Reporting. The application deadline is Oct. 26 and the winners will be announced in spring 2008.
Exxon Mobil Stalls on Warming (OpEd)
Jul 08, 2007
Shareholders sent a strong message at Exxon Mobil Corp.'s recent annual meeting that they're unhappy with the company's lackluster response to global warming. Spurred by repeated rejections by the company's board to discuss the issue and unimpressed by its new Corporate Citizenship Report, shareholders owning $121 billion of company stock demanded at the spring meeting that the company take climate change seriously and set greenhouse gas reduction goals.
The Future of Oil: Energy Security, Climate Risks and Market Opportunities
Jun 06, 2007
June 2007 - The report from Ceres and the Civil Society Institute highlights key findings from an October 2006 oil analyst briefing at JPMorgan Chase in which Wall Street analysts, institutional investors, and oil industry experts examined how the future of oil will be affected by geopolitics, climate change, and new technologies. The report summarizes the briefing and analyzes several trends that could affect the valuation of oil companies' securities. The report concludes that there are many clean tech investment opportunities that lie ahead as the US government and other governments worldwide move to reduce oil dependence and greenhouse gas emissions.
$900 BILLION OF INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS PRESSURE EXXONMOBIL ON GLOBAL WARMING
May 23, 2007
May 23, 2007 – Two dozen leading institutional investors are pushing for the removal of ExxonMobil board member Michael Boskin due to the company’s inaction on the serious business risks from climate change.
The Quiet Revolution in Business Reporting
May 06, 2007
May 2007 - This report discusses the limitations of business reporting under today's accounting rules, chronicles the progress made by a variety of disclosure initiatives since the 1990s, and identifies the Global Reporting Initiative as the emerging standard in comprehensive non-financial reporting. The report anticipates a future where comprehensive business disclosure has become a core component of good corporate governance, enabling corporate executives and boards to anticipate new challenges, make effective long-term investments, and respond to the increased complexity of an interdependent global economy.
Vancity and Bristol-Myers Squibb Receive Top Sustainability Reporting Awards at Ceres Conference in Boston
Apr 25, 2007
Vancity Group and Bristol-Myers Squibb received the top sustainability reporting awards today in an international competition hosted by the Boston-based Ceres coalition and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). The winners, selected from a record 102 nominations, also included Vermont-based Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and Vancouver, B.C.-based Mountain Equipment Co-op. The four winners were announced at the Ceres annual conference today at Boston’s Seaport Hotel, where a report providing guidance to companies on sustainability disclosure was also released.
U.S. Mutual Funds Ignoring Business Risks of Climate Change
Apr 23, 2007
April 23, 2007 – None of the nation’s 100 largest mutual funds voted in 2006 to support shareholder resolutions calling for more corporate disclosure on the financial impacts from global climate change, according to proxy voting data compiled by Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) for Ceres