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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.
Michigan Businesses and Trade Associations Thank Legislators, Snyder Administration for Clean Energy Support
Feb 23, 2017
Twelve leading Michigan businesses and trade associations sent a letter today commending members of the Michigan Legislature and the Snyder Administration for passing comprehensive energy reforms that will increase Michigan’s use of renewable energy and expand investments in energy waste reduction.
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.
Senate Vote for Pruitt Sends EPA Down Potentially Perilous Path
Feb 17, 2017
The Senate’s confirmation of Scott Pruitt as the next administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency “sends the agency down a potentially perilous path of crippling core environmental and public health protections that Americans expect and demand,” Ceres president Mindy Lubber said in a statement.
New Report: Cap-and-Trade Cuts GHG Emissions More Economically With a Strong LCFS
Feb 16, 2017
A combination of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) and California’s Cap-and-Trade Program can reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions and reduce dependence on oil more economically and effectively, relative to Cap-and-Trade alone.
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.
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.

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