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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.
Newly Released Guidance Aims to Improve Transparency in the Palm Oil Industry
Jan 23, 2017
With rainforest destruction and forced labor urgent concerns in palm oil cultivation, a diverse group of NGOs and investor organizations releases today shared guidance for corporate reporting on company commitments towards responsible palm oil sourcing and production.
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.
Pruitt Hearing Reaffirms He Is Not Right Pick For EPA Job
Jan 19, 2017
The Senate confirmation hearing for Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt demonstrated that “he is not the right person to be the next administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency given his track record and stated preference for a more passive, defer-to-the-states EPA,” Ceres President Mindy Lubber said in a statement today.
Major Businesses and Investors Support Fuel Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Standards
Jan 13, 2017
Major businesses, as well as 38 financial institutions and investors with over $740 billion in assets, expressed support for fuel economy targets and greenhouse-gas emissions standards saying they are good for American automakers and good for the economy as whole.
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.
Ceres president Mindy Lubber statement on President-elect Trump's nominee for EPA Administrator
Dec 08, 2016
President-elect Trump’s nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who fails to recognize the climate change threat, belittles the EPA and our most fundamental right to clean air and water, is not fit for the job. We need an EPA Administrator who respects the agency as well as the science underlying the EPA’s mission to protect public health. The new administrator must also recognize that a healthy environment is essential to a robust and growing economy.
Ceres and the PRI Join Forces to Tackle Tropical Deforestation
Nov 11, 2016
Through a new, joint investor group, the two organizations will support global institutional investors pressing food and timber companies to eliminate deforestation and other related concerns, including forced labor and land rights disputes from their supply chains.
Major Companies Are The Engines of Climate Progress
Nov 03, 2016
As we approach the next round of climate talks in Morocco, one question looms large; having reached a milestone agreement in Paris, and having surpassed the thresholds necessary for that agreement to enter into force, will the business community respond with decisive on-the-ground action to realize a low-carbon future?
Iconic Businesses Call for Swift Action on Clean Power Plan in Pennsylvania
Oct 27, 2016
Last week, major companies, including Philadelphia-based IKEA North America, the Adidas Group, Eileen Fisher, JLL, and Nestlé USA, sent letters to state lawmakers urging Pennsylvania to submit a timely strategy outlining how it will implement the Clean Power Plan.
Ohio businesses to lawmakers: Strengthen standards for renewable energy and efficiency
Oct 25, 2016
Nine businesses that collectively employ more than 25,000 people in Ohio are urging state lawmakers to reinstate and strengthen Ohio’s standards on energy efficiency and renewables.
Major Food Companies to Tackle Water Risks In Their Global Supply Chains
Oct 24, 2016
As climate change, population growth and water pollution increase pressure on freshwater resources, seven global food and beverage companies today announced commitments to work with thousands of growers in their global supply chains to reduce water use and pollution impacts.
Ceres’ Mindy Lubber Statement On Paris Climate Agreement's Entry Into Force
Oct 05, 2016
“The Paris Agreement’s entry into force is a crystal-clear market signal that the transition to a low-carbon global economy is underway and accelerating. I applaud the European Parliament and other governments that have formally joined the accord.
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.
New Report Shows Public-Private Partnerships Advance Low-Carbon State Energy Policies
Sep 12, 2016
A new report released today provides unique insight from high-level experts into how improved public-private coordination on state energy policies and programs can significantly drive clean energy investment
Ceres President Mindy Lubber Praises U.S. and China for Formally Joining the Paris Agreement on Climate Change
Sep 05, 2016
“Today’s action sends a powerful signal to the markets that the shift to a low-carbon, clean energy economy is now accelerating. The rest of the world’s countries should take notice."