Blogs By Ceres
A listing of blogs authored by Ceres
Environmental Finance: Engaging with Water Risk
Oct 26, 2011
- For most investors, a detailed bottom-up assessment of water risk across hundreds of companies is likely to be impossible. Enter a new tool to assess corporate responses to water risk and opportunity. Ceres' Brooke Barton and Irbaris' David Hampton explain.
Florida Sun-Sentinel: Bad Weather Takes Its Toll on Property Insurance
Oct 21, 2011
- What a year for cruel weather. Devastating tornadoes, heat waves, wildfires, and record-breaking floods have forced millions of Americans to experience the kind of weather-related upheavals that hurricane-hardened Floridians have long been used to. Severe weather has already caused $55 billion in economic losses in the U.S. in 2011 — and we still have a couple months to go.
Forbes: Climate Change Creates Risks — and Opportunities — for Florida Business
Oct 20, 2011
- The insurance/climate change nexus is the focus of a reception Ceres is hosting in Miami at the Society of Environmental Journalists annual conference. This post, done with Energi CEO Brian McCarthy, explores Florida’s unique vulnerability to climate change and the key role insurers and others businesses have in tackling this challenge.
Harvard Law School Corporate Governance Forum: Proxy Voting for Sustainability
Oct 17, 2011
- It’s illogical – and quite myopic – that many of the nation’s largest institutional investors refer to shareholder-sponsored resolutions addressing material topics such as climate change, resource constraints and environmental stewardship as “special interest,” “non-routine” or involving “special circumstances.”
Forbes: Mainstream Investors Sharpen Sustainability Focus
Oct 03, 2011
- Recently, the jam and syrup mogul J.M. Smuckers heard resoundingly from its stockholders on an uncommon topic: climate change and coffee prices.
Corporate Responsibility Magazine: When CROs Speak CFO
Sep 26, 2011
- A growing number of companies are hiring sustainability officers to tackle challenges from waste reduction and product stewardship to green innovation. Sustainability can seem, well, squishy, to a profession that thrives on financial numbers and hard data. But that’s starting to change.
Forbes: Percolating a Sustainable Coffee Cup
Sep 19, 2011
- It’s the cup we cherish for our morning ritual: the lowly-but-ubiquitous disposable coffee cup. Yet this same cup’s environmental footprint...is inspiring a consumer backlash that’s grabbing boardroom attention for its potential hit to brand and customer loyalty.
Forbes: Why Environmental Policies Don't Kill Jobs
Sep 09, 2011
- President Obama unveiled his jobs proposal last night and among many strong points, he rebuffed the naysayers who disparage the key role that clean technology jobs have in America’s revival.
The Hill: Energy Projects Generate Jobs
Sep 06, 2011
- A bipartisan bill to help both our economy and environment is emerging in Congress — in these days of hyper-gridlock, the effort deserves our full support. The bill restores a popular financing program, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), to improve energy efficiency in homes and businesses across the country.
Forbes: Investor Giant CalPERS Wrestles With Real-Life Challenge of ESG
Aug 22, 2011
- CalPERS has long been an innovator in the ESG space, but early this year it decided to scale those efforts by committing to across-the-board ESG integration. Last week in Sacramento, board members got a two-hour preview of what this mammoth undertaking will likely entail.
Triple Pundit: So Your Company has a Stakeholder Team, Now What?
Aug 03, 2011
- Stakeholder engagement is a critical process that helps companies build credibility, improve performance and get out ahead in addressing emerging environmental, social and governance issues. In this blog post, Ceres offers advice for companies looking to make the most of their engagements.
The Hill: New Gas Mileage Standards Will Boost the Economy
Aug 02, 2011
- By setting an average standard of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 for passenger vehicles, the Obama administration has done right by America’s economy. Higher gas mileage and greenhouse gas (GHG) standards will spur innovation, create jobs and save drivers money at the pump.
Forbes: Time to Replace Eisenhower-Era Power Plants
Jul 22, 2011
- Most of us won’t put up with decades-old technology. Yet when it comes to our electricity, we’re stuck with last century’s dirty and inefficient power plants—even though cleaner and newer technologies are available. It’s time for our electric power industry to embrace the 21st century with modern, cleaner power generation.
Forbes.com: Economists Urge Honest Accounting of Carbon’s True Costs
Jul 15, 2011
- With all eyes riveted on the debt talks and efforts to avert an economy-busting government default, little attention is being paid to another debt that is similarly ballooning out of control and threatening to spur its own economic chaos. The carbon debt.
Forbes.com: Investors Tackle Fracking And Water Scarcity Risks
Jun 29, 2011
- The Lone Star state just joined Colorado, Arkansas and Pennsylvania in requiring oil and gas companies to come clean on the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” the controversial natural gas drilling practice that’s sweeping the country and raising myriad environmental problems.
Mother Nature Network: Water Scarcity Means Business for Companies & Investors
Jun 15, 2011
- Growing pressure on our most precious resource – clean, potable water – is creating a new set of challenges that will quite literally impact things basic to everyday life, such as eating, drinking and turning on the lights.
Forbes.com: Strong Fuel Economy Standards Will Fuel America’s Economy
Jun 08, 2011
- This spring, California’s Air Resources Board (ARB) is working jointly with federal officials on one of this year’s biggest energy and environmental decisions – stronger nationwide fuel economy standards.
Forbes.com: Companies, Investors Band Together to Catalyze a Sustainable Economy
May 27, 2011
- From Wall Street to business associations, recognition is growing that the long-term viability of business depends on how quickly we develop and support solutions that use fewer resources and cleaner energy. That’s what sustainable capitalism is all about: generating financial return in a long-term and responsible manner.
The Hill: Demanding stricter fuel economy
May 25, 2011
- In surveys we conducted over the last year, Americans express a clear preference for much higher fuel economy standards. Just last month, for Ceres, we explored attitudes in the heart of the industrial Midwest and the headquarters of America’s auto industry — Ohio and Michigan — where we found overwhelming support for at least a 60 miles per gallon standard.
How Timberland, Levi's Use Teamwork to Advance Sustainability
May 09, 2011
- Businesses can't take on complex environmental and social issues without input from the full spectrum of stakeholders ranging from NGOs and community groups to their suppliers, employees and investors.