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A Climate Plan For The 21st Century Economy
Jun 25, 2013
- Many firms have responded to the new climate paradigm by limiting their impact. But without a national strategy on climate change, even these efforts aren’t enough to address the underlying cause of a changing climate.
Alberta’s Oil Sands Raise Flaring Emissions as Rules Lag
Jun 18, 2013
- In the farming country of northwest Alberta, heavy oil wells are becoming more common than cattle and combines. Along with money and jobs, the boom has brought smells and fumes that are adding to the greenhouse gas emissions from Canada’s oil sands.
Ford prepares for a water-scarce future
Jun 17, 2013
- Helen Keller said, "The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision." Her words were on my mind during a workshop at Ford Motor Company’s headquarters where Ford brought together some of its executives with outside stakeholders, kicking off a year-long effort to deepen its water strategy.
Sustainable Profits: Managerial Failure Vs. Visionary Leadership
May 13, 2013
- Sustainability advocacy organization Ceres held its annual conference in San Francisco last week, and it was full of thought-provoking presentations and conversations about sustainability and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) opportunities and challenges.
GISR launches principles for rating the raters
May 09, 2013
- Currently, more than 100 sustainability ratings, ranking and indices evaluate the performance of more than 10,000 companies, using more than 2,000 different indicators. The idea that this cacophony could be harmonized has long been an unattainable dream for companies.
Spread of Hydrofracking Could Strain Water Resources in West, Study Finds
May 08, 2013
- The rapid expansion of hydraulic fracturing to retrieve once-inaccessible reservoirs of oil and gas could put pressure on already-stressed water resources from the suburbs of Fort Worth to western Colorado.
New Study: Hydraulic Fracturing Faces Growing Competition for Water Supplies in Water-Stressed Regions
May 01, 2013
- A new Ceres research paper on water use in hydraulic fracturing operations shows that a significant portion of this activity is happening in water stressed regions of the United States, most prominently Texas and Colorado, which are both in the midst of prolonged drought conditions.
Phil Angelides, a Leader in Shareholder Activism and Green Investment, Wins the Joan Bavaria Award
May 01, 2013
- Phil Angelides has been awarded the fifth-annual Joan Bavaria Award for Building Sustainability into the Capital Markets. The announcement was made today, the first day of the annual Ceres Conference, which is running May 1-2 at The Fairmont in San Francisco, CA.
How storms like Sandy batter insurance companies
Oct 29, 2012
- Weather forecasters certainly have a difficult job right now, trying to predict when an unpredictable “frankenstorm” will make landfall.
Ethical Corporation: New rigorous ratings tools help investors and companies
Aug 17, 2012
- The Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings offers an opportunity for credible corporate performance assessment.
Houston Chronicle: In the dark in assessing financial risk of offshore disasters
Aug 06, 2012
- Ceres analyzed safety and environmental risk disclosures in the regulatory filings of 10 big energy companies, including BP, Chevron and Exxon Mobil and found that seven provided no information on the development of safety programs. The other three offered only broad statements about safety but no data or details.
Responsible Investor: Why business-as-usual won’t work for deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico
Aug 02, 2012
- The oil industry hasn’t responded with sufficient reforms or adequate disclosure to prevent another Macondo. Ten of the world’s largest oil and gas companies failed to adequately disclose the risks in their deepwater drilling activities in filings submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Cars of Change: For Automakers, Higher MPG = Higher Profits
Jul 11, 2012
- Automakers, and especially Detroit’s Big Three, will see greater sales and profits from stronger federal fuel economy standards. That’s what a recent report by Citi Investment Research in collaboration with Ceres found.
Forbes: Raising the Bar on Supply Chains
May 17, 2012
- Companies must shift from mere “supply chain management” to corporate supply chain improvements. But the data show there is still a long way to go.
The Guardian: Corporate sustainability activism is picking up pace in the US
May 10, 2012
- Major US companies are taking the lead on sustainability as policy makers in Washington fail to act on green issues.
Forbes: "Last Call at the Oasis" is loud wakeup call on global water crisis
May 04, 2012
- The new documentary “Last Call at the Oasis” does far more than recount the alarming woes of our country’s most water-stressed regions; it’s a beautifully produced, detailed picture of an immense global crisis bearing down on us as we speak – and thankfully a roadmap of sorts to what we can do about it.
The New York Times: Stone-Washed Blue Jeans (Minus the Washed)
Nov 08, 2011
- From the cotton field in rural India to the local rag bin, a typical pair of blue jeans consumes 919 gallons of water during its life cycle, Levi Strauss & Company says, or enough to fill about 15 spa-size bathtubs. That includes the water that goes into irrigating the cotton crop, stitching the jeans together and washing them scores of times at home. The company wants to reduce that number any way it can, and not just to project environmental responsibility.
Treasury & Risk: Greener Frontiers
Aug 03, 2011
- Many, if not most, major companies are doing something to cut their greenhouse gas emissions. But cutting-edge businesses are taking more ambitious and sophisticated steps to address climate change. Cutting-edge companies, including Ceres' partners Jones Lang LaSalle, SAP and Starbucks, are moving past recycling and energy efficiency and embarking on more ambitious efforts to address climate change.
GreenBiz.com: 6 Ways Companies Can Address Their Water Scarcity Risks
Jul 15, 2011
- As the world starts to wake up to the reality of looming water shortages, companies, investors and other stakeholders care about the risks posed to business from water scarcity. As a result, companies are measuring their water footprint - direct water use and increasingly indirect water use in their value chain.
White House Chooses BICEP Companies Best Buy, Portland Trail Blazers for Clean Energy 'Better Buildings Challenge'
Jul 01, 2011
- Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced today at the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Chicago the 14 initial partners - including Ceres' Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP) companies Best Buy and the Portland Trail Blazers - that have committed to participating in the to the Better Buildings Challenge.