Blogs By Ceres
A listing of blogs authored by Ceres
Commentary: Michigan Businesses Thank Lawmakers for Strengthening Clean Energy Standards
Feb 24, 2017
- Last December, after two years of thoughtful debate, Michigan lawmakers passed a bipartisan energy package that will foster a clean energy future for businesses and ratepayers across the state. As the new legislative session gets underway, businesses continue the call for clean energy and thank lawmakers for their leadership last year.
Carbon Tax Proposal Deserves Attention, But Big Questions Remain
Feb 24, 2017
- A group of prominent conservative political and thought leaders, under the newly-formed Climate Leadership Council (CLC), recently released a proposal for a carbon fee and dividend model for the U.S. economy that seeks to set the stage for future conservative and bipartisan discussions on tackling climate change.
Ceres Responds to Climate Disclosure Task Force Recommendations
Feb 22, 2017
- Information moves markets, but bad information hurts investors and companies alike. Investors need companies to disclose accurate information about today’s challenges, among the biggest being global climate change.
Why Washington's Anti-Regulation Agenda Will Hurt the Economy
Feb 16, 2017
- The president and congressional leaders are fixated on demolishing public health, safety and environmental regulations, but these efforts make little practical — or economic — sense.
Oil Companies Now Have New Tools For Navigating The Low-Carbon Transition
Feb 08, 2017
- Although many companies already use scenario planning, questions still remain on how to conduct a two-degree scenario analysis. That’s why the TCFD and Ceres have both developed tools to help companies conduct scenario analysis and meet increasing calls for robust climate risk disclosure.
Companies From Chanel to Ben and Jerry’s are Benefiting From the New “Carbon Insetting” Trend
Feb 07, 2017
- Insetting does more than just offset carbon emissions — it helps companies boost resilience and care for the ecosystems that provide their raw materials.
Human Rights Are Everyone’s Business
Feb 02, 2017
- Human rights are everyone’s business, and every business has a critical role to play in ensuring fair, safe, and equitable workplaces not only across global supply chains, but also – as we’re learning this week in the wake of President Trump’s immigration ban – within corporate walls.
States Open Their Doors to Clean Energy
Feb 01, 2017
- While lawmakers get to work tackling budget deficits, unemployment, infrastructure, public health concerns and more, the opportunity to deepen their commitments to clean energy is growing. Strong, stable clean energy policies are proven winners in providing carbon-free, cost-competitive power that is spurring economic development and creating new jobs.
Saving Water Is on Trend in the Apparel Industry
Jan 31, 2017
- A few powerhouses are leading efforts in the fashion industry to be more water smart in every part of their supply chains. The rest of the industry needs to catch up, writes Ceres’ Kirsten James.
How Your Company Can Get Serious About Responsible Palm Oil
Jan 26, 2017
- A wave of companies, from Procter & Gamble to Cargill, has committed to sourcing responsibly produced palm oil; yet problems persist in their supply chains. Forests and peatlands continue to disappear at an astounding rate and workers rights and land rights remain under threat.
Meeting with Pope Francis – a Beacon of Hope for a Just and Sustainable World
Jan 25, 2017
- I was honored to represent Ceres at a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican in January. I joined 80 participants – private sector, civil society, and faith group leaders from around the world – at the Global Foundation’s Rome Roundtable. In his brief address, Pope Francis called on leaders to forge “a globalization that is cooperative, and thus positive, as opposed to the globalization of indifference” that ignores the needs of the poor.
Business Resolve on Climate Action is More Urgent Than Ever
Jan 23, 2017
- It’s a politically charged environment like never before and the temptation to 'lie low’ is obvious. But lying low right now on climate and clean energy – and the policies that are fostering low-carbon action – would be short sighted and dangerous.
Why The New Administration Should Be The Loudest Advocate For Climate Action
Jan 20, 2017
- Amidst all the political rancor, the reality is that the incoming administration should be the loudest advocate for climate action, if for no other reason than to deliver on its ambitious jobs creation goal. Maintaining U.S. climate leadership would better position companies to capitalize on the immense business opportunity and get out ahead of growing international competition.
Corporate secretaries and the power of being a positive gatekeeper
Jan 09, 2017
- The idea is straightforward, but crucial. The most effective corporate secretaries are those who act as a filter for the critical sustainability issues that should be raised to the board, but who also apply the filter with a strategic lens
Is Your Mutual Fund Company Taking Climate Change Seriously?
Jan 06, 2017
- We examined how the nation’s largest mutual fund companies voted on climate-related shareholder resolutions in 2015 and 2016. The results are revealing.
10 Reasons to Be Optimistic for a Low-Carbon Future
Dec 29, 2016
- Here are 10 shining lights for the irresistibility and inevitability of the low-carbon future. It's here—and there is no turning back.
Businesses and States Are United on Clean Energy
Dec 21, 2016
- You may not know it from the headlines, but Washington is not the only energy game that matters these days. Companies that buy massive amounts of energy and states that set the policies that shape the energy mix of their economies – whether with clean energy or climate-warming fossil fuels – also play a major role.
Fuel economy rules a bogeyman for long-term trends in auto industry
Dec 21, 2016
- The debate over the future of fuel efficiency policies is generating a lot of noise. But for consumers, these policies generate savings at the pump.
Companies Set A Higher Bar For Climate Risk Disclosure
Dec 16, 2016
- Under the leadership of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a global industry initiative just released its much-anticipated guidelines for voluntary climate risk disclosure by companies and investors in financial filings.
Squeezing Water from Wine: Constellation Brands Takes on the Drought
Nov 22, 2016
- In the face of California’s ongoing drought, Clos du Bois - owned by Constellation Brands, a Connect the Drops signatory - has taken strong steps over the last few years to reduce the amount of water it takes to produce and bottle its premier wines.