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Blogs By Ceres

A listing of blogs authored by Ceres
A Trickle of Hope: Bringing Clean Water to Ghana’s Poorest
Oct 18, 2016
Access to safe drinking water is a colossal challenge globally and no place more than in Sub-Saharan Africa. Among the many problem areas is northern Ghana, a remote savannah dotted with small villages, tin-roofed mud huts and 800,000 people who drink bacteria-laden water. Most of the villages get their water from murky-brown surface water sources known as dugouts.
Living in a Material World
Oct 17, 2016
Sustainability is a broad term, and not every environmental or social issue belongs on the board agenda. But when an environmental or social issue has the potential to affect corporate revenue and earnings in the short and long term, sustainability absolutely should be on the table.
Q&A With Monika Freyman: 'This Market Will Continue To Evolve Quickly'
Oct 14, 2016
Ceres is launching a new Q&A series as part of its Clean Trillion campaign aimed at elevating clean energy investments globally by an additional $1 trillion a year in order to minimize damaging climate change impacts. The series will focus on investment thought leaders who are paving the way in this fast-growing space. Today’s interview is with Monika Freyman, director of Investor Initiatives, Ceres’ Water Program about the launch of a new ‘green’ standard for water bonds.
The Clean Power Plan: The Power Sector's Stepping Stone to the Future
Sep 26, 2016
The electric power sector will be closely watching this week’s D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals hearing on the Clean Power Plan and eagerly awaiting the clarity that the court, and likely the U.S. Supreme Court, will provide.
Backing Clean Power Plan Will Accelerate The Clean Energy Future
Sep 22, 2016
While legal experts are debating EPA’s Clean Power Plan in Washington next Tuesday, the U.S. business community is galloping ahead on the clean energy future.
Getting boards on board with sustainability
Sep 20, 2016
Despite growing evidence that environmental and social issues affect corporate bottom lines, Ceres research has shown that corporate directors at most major U.S. companies are not engaging on these issues in ways that are effective and meaningful. While many of these companies have sustainability programs, only a few companies consider these issues to be "board relevant."
10 Steps Companies Can Take To Address Child and Forced Labor
Sep 09, 2016
As we march past Labor Day and into the classroom, we are reminded of an essential component for building a global sustainable economy: protecting the human rights of workers.
Ceres Q&A With Nancy Pfund: 'The progress we are making is undeniable'
Aug 18, 2016
As part of a new Q&A series from our Clean Trillion campaign, we discussed clean energy investing with Nancy Pfund, founder and managing partner of DBL Partners.
The SEC Must Improve Disclosure of Material and Emerging Sustainability Risks
Aug 10, 2016
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is starting to take sustainability risks—and corporate reporting of those risks—seriously.The concept is straightforward: climate change, water scarcity, human and workers’ rights, and the ongoing global transition to a low carbon economy pose significant risks and opportunities to companies and the investors who own them.
Why Passing Climate Legislation Is Good for California’s Water
Aug 08, 2016
As every Californian knows by now, the state is in the fifth year of a drought, and this persistent imbalance of supply and demand in the water supply is likely the new norm. The good news is that many state leaders have woken up to this fact, and in recent years have been clearing some of the logjams around smart water management.
Wall-Street Warriors Becoming Water Aware
Aug 02, 2016
Devastating droughts in California, Brazil, South Africa and elsewhere, coupled with global trends of groundwater depletion and water quality degradation are motivating investors to become more water aware. With support from The Rockefeller Foundation, Ceres leverages the power of institutional investors, who own or lend to many of the world’s largest companies, to play a more decisive role in protecting the Earth’s freshwater resources.
Complications of ‘New’ Deep Groundwater
Jul 22, 2016
As exciting as it was to learn of deep groundwater reserves in California, the state’s efforts now are better spent pursuing more cost-effective solutions already at our fingertips.
SEC Climate Risk Disclosure Effort Under Serious Attack from Congress
Jul 18, 2016
The lifeblood of financial markets is accurate information, and a major part of the SEC’s mission is to ensure that publicly traded companies provide investors with information material to their performance. A misguided proposal countering these needs is becoming part of recent federal funding negotiations.
Wine, Beer and Medicine: 3 Companies Helping Solve California’s Water Woes
Jul 11, 2016
Despite recent news that drought-ridden California is sitting on top of large reserves of previously unrecognized, deep groundwater resources, the state still faces significant water challenges.
Why We Believe the Auto Alliance Review of Fuel Economy Standards Misses the Mark
Jul 06, 2016
Last week, we published an analysis of how future fuel economy standards could affect the auto industry and its suppliers. Federal agencies are now reviewing these standards (the Rule), and auto analysts like us are eager to see what the new standards, which stretch out to 2025, will be like.
State Policies Drive Utilities to Invest in Clean Energy Boom
Jun 28, 2016
Midwest utilities are embracing renewable energy and energy efficiency and supportive state policy is a major driver of this trend.
Watershed Protection Comes From Corporate Partners
Jun 24, 2016
Coca-Cola is backing efforts to help restore key watersheds in southern California, signaling a new era in corporate water stewardship, writes Kirsten James, who oversees the California policy program at Ceres.
Investors Must Keep Pressuring Oil Majors on Climate Risk
Jun 06, 2016
Annual general meetings are usually a time for reflecting on strategies to increase revenues for the coming year, global energy outlooks, and governance. But last week’s meetings at ExxonMobil and Chevron were different. They represented a watershed moment in combating the threats posed by climate change.
Recycled Water Key to California’s Water Security
May 25, 2016
Recycled water could play a major role in helping to secure a more sustainable water future for California, but the state needs to take some key steps to move implementation along quicker. Polls indicate that the public is ready.
The Reality Behind Exxon's Claims on Item 12
May 19, 2016
See Ceres' point-by-point response to a shareholder letter sent by ExxonMobil's Vice President of Investor Relations and Secretary, Jeffrey J. Woodbury.