Aspen Skiing Company, The L.P. The bault Company, PRIZIM and The CarbonNeutral Company Join Ceres
BOSTON – Citing the company’s commitment to improving their social and environmental performance and reporting, Ceres today announced that it has approved four new companies – the Aspen Skiing Company, The L.P. Thebault Company, PRIZIM Inc. and The CarbonNeutral Company – into its network.
The newly approved companies are among 70 companies, including 18 Fortune 500 companies, to be accepted by the Ceres board of directors into the Ceres network. Ceres is a leading coalition of investors, environmental groups and other public interest groups working with companies to address sustainability challenges such as global climate change.
“These companies have all demonstrated a commitment to improve the sustainability of their businesses,” said Ceres President Mindy S. Lubber. “Working with investors, environmental groups and other stakeholders, Ceres is excited at this great opportunity to take sustainability deeper into these companies and their operations.”
“The Ceres Principles fit perfectly into ASC’s business model,” said Aspen Skiing Company CEO Mike Kaplan. “We’ve been practicing them for years, and it makes sense for us to formalize our commitment to social and environmental responsibility.”
“With 10 years experience working with over 200 leading companies in Europe, North America and Asia, The CarbonNeutral Company will work with Ceres to rapidly accelerate action globally to combat climate change,” said the CarbonNeutral Company CEO Jonathan Shopley.
“I am extremely pleased that we have been invited to join Ceres. Our philosophies on driving responsible business practices around sustainability are a perfect match,” said The L.P. Thebault Company Director of Continuous Improvement & Sustainability David P. Podmayersky. “We support the Global Reporting Initiative as a platform for measuring our efforts.”
“An added benefit of our environmental commitment is that it makes us more trusted and preferred as environmental consultants to important clients,” said PRIZIM President Frank Priznar.
Companies that join Ceres must commit to engage with shareholders and other stakeholders on sustainability issues, to report publicly on sustainability performance and to make additional sustainability improvements. Ceres will facilitate this stakeholder engagement by connecting the companies with the experience and best practices of other Ceres organizations and companies.
Aspen Skiing Company
The Aspen Skiing Company is a private company that attracts 1.3 million visitors each winter. This summer, Aspen Skiing Company committed to purchase wind energy credits to offset 100% of its electricity use that will prevent over 22,000 tons of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere. Further sustainability programs such as LEED certification of several of its buildings, support of legislation that requires 10% of the state’s electricity to come from renewables by 2010 and various other environmental certifications place Aspen Skiing Company as the leader in its industry for sustainability issues.
The L.P. Thebault Company
The L.P. Thebault Company (LPT) is one of the largest privately held printing companies in the U.S. LPT has demonstrated its commitment to sustainability through various sustainability and corporate governance reports, its active membership as an EPA Green Power Partnership program and its certification through the Forest Stewardship Council. LPT is headquartered in Parsippany, NJ.
PRIZIM Inc. is an environmental consulting firm with offices across the U.S. The company actively participates as a member of EPA’s Performance Track and WasteWise Programs. As an environmental consulting firm, they are interested in consistently improving the sustainability performance of their clients. PRIZIM is headquartered in Gaithersburg, MD.
The CarbonNeutral Company
The CarbonNeutral Company provides carbon management and advisory services on issues such as carbon trading, procurement and finance and communications and branding for governments, businesses and not-for-profit organizations. The company is a strong advocate for the need to address climate change quickly.
Founded in 1989, Ceres is a leading network of investors, environmental groups and other public interest organizations working with companies to address sustainability challenges such as global climate change. Ceres also directs the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), comprised of more than 50 institutional investors who collectively manage nearly $4 trillion in assets. For more information, visit www.ceres.org.