A comprehensive listing of Ceres reports and publications from 2002 - present, including resources for companies, investors, industry leaders and policymakers about integrating sustainability into the bottom line.
Investor Risks from Oil Shale Development
May 30, 2012
- May 2012 - The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently proposed limiting federal leases for development of oil shale to Research, Development, and Demonstration (RD&D) leases instead of commercial leases. Given the many risks surrounding oil shale development, including technological uncertainties, regulatory risks, and water constraints, BLM’s proposed RD&D approach makes sense. Investors should be similarly cautious in evaluating future investment in this technology.
Restoring Flows: Financing the Next Generation of Water Systems A Strategy for Coalition Building
May 11, 2012
- In this report, Ceres and American Rivers join forces to highlight the importance of bringing together environmentalists, economists, water utilities, water users, financial institutions, foundations, investors and labor groups to create opportunities for the creation of shared pursuits beyond the boundaries of politics, watersheds and economic sectors that typically define our relationship to water.
The Road to 2020: Corporate Progress on the Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability
Apr 25, 2012
- The Road to 2020: Corporate Progress on The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability (www.ceres.org/roadto2020) assesses how U.S. businesses are progressing on sustainability and uses as a framework, The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability—a guide for integrating sustainability across a company’s entire enterprise. Specifically, it evaluates where 600 large publicly traded companies stand on sustainability issues in terms of governance, stakeholder engagement, disclosure and performance.
Improving Workers' Well-Being: A New Approach to Supply Chain Engagement
Apr 25, 2012
- Pioneering a new strategy for its supply chain requires that LS&Co. also design a new approach to the engagement and support of its manufacturing suppliers. At the heart of this new approach is the company’s ongoing commitment to the protection of human rights and improvement of supplier performance through its current TOE, which remains as relevant today as it was 20 years ago. The following chapter presents the core components of this new strategy, along with a summary of key stakeholder feedback and guidance gathered throughout these Ceres’ led dialogues.
Practicing Risk-Aware Electricity Regulation: What Every State Regulator Needs to Know
Apr 19, 2012
- This report is primarily addressed to state regulatory utility commissioners, who will preside over some of the most important investments in the history of the U.S. electric power sector during perhaps its most challenging and tumultuous period. This report seeks to provide regulators with a thorough discussion of risk, and to suggest an approach—“risk-aware regulation”—whereby regulators can explicitly and proactively seek to identify, understand and minimize the risks associated with electric utility resource investment. It is hoped that this approach will result in the effcient deployment of capital, the continued financial health of utilities, and the confidence and satisfaction of the customers on whose behalf utilities invest.
2012 Investor Summit on Climate Risk & Energy Solutions - Final Report
Apr 05, 2012
- The fifth Investor Summit on Climate Risk & Energy Solutions was held on January 12th, 2012, at United Nations headquarters. Co-hosted by the United Nations Foundation, the United Nations Office for Partnerships and Ceres, the Summit brought together more than 450 institutional investor, financial and corporate leaders from around the globe. The Summit showcased a wide range of investment opportunities in climate and energy solutions – in energy efficiency, water efficiency, renewable energy and more – that are positioned to achieve significant growth and scale while replacing outmoded technologies and business models.
Fuel Economy Focus: Industry Perspectives on 2020
Apr 04, 2012
- In collaboration with Citi Investment Research and the Investor Network on Climate Risk, Ceres, along with Oakland University’s School of Business Administration, Baum and Associates, and Meszler Engineering Services simulated the impact that the proposed U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions program might have on the industry in 2020. The analysis is meant to provide investors with a framework for evaluating the potential industry impact from tightening regulations.
Charting New Waters: Financing Sustainable Water Infrastructure
Jan 26, 2012
- The Financing Sustainable Water Infrastructure report is the product of a meeting convened by The Johnson Foundation, in collaboration with American Rivers and Ceres, which brought together a group of experts to discuss ways to drive funding toward the infrastructure needed for the 21st century.
Institutional Investors' Expectations of Corporate Climate Risk Management
Jan 11, 2012
- January 2012 - This report indicates the key climate change-related practices that investors expect companies to undertake based on our understanding of best practice management of climate change risks and opportunities. It also outlines the actions that investors are prepared to undertake on this topic.
Leverage: Ceres Annual Report 2010-2011
Nov 18, 2011
- In this report we provide a behind-the-scenes look at how Ceres is driving sustainability into business and investor practices as well as other key segments of the economy. The Ceres process includes leveraging our internal expertise and our coalition members to motivate companies and investors to build strong sustainability strategies. We also identify barriers that prevent companies from integrating sustainability practices into operations, products and supply chains; target segments of the economic system and public policies that need to change; and then leverage a combination of unique tools, resources and relationships to help break down the barriers to change.
New Jobs - Cleaner Air (Part II): An investment in American Businesses and American Jobs
Nov 17, 2011
- In February 2011, Ceres issued a study demonstrating how new air pollution rules proposed for the electric power sector by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will provide long-term economic benefits across much of the United States. This report supplements this economic study by highlighting specific case examples of the companies involved in building a modern generating fleet. It breaks the supply chain into its component pieces and shows the vital role that American workers play in installing and maintaining sophisticated emission control systems.
Benchmarking Electric Utility Energy Efficiency Portfolios in the U.S.
Nov 10, 2011
- The goal of this report is to highlight the importance—and the challenges—of benchmarking electric utility energy efficiency portfolios, and to initiate a benchmarking process that will continue to evolve over time. Benchmarking allows for direct comparison of spending and energy savings across electric utility energy efficiency portfolios. This report discusses the difficulties involved in benchmarking energy efficiency portfolios, evaluates and recommends a suite of metrics, and demonstrates these metrics using a diverse set of electric utilities.
The Ceres Aqua Gauge: A Framework for 21st Century Water Risk Management
Oct 18, 2011
- October 2011 - This report introduces experts and newcomers alike to the Ceres Aqua Gauge™, a new framework for assessing corporate management of water risk. The report provides a broad overview of how competing freshwater demands and limits to supply are beginning to affect corporate financial performance in a range of industrial sectors. The report also identifies trends in corporate and investor responses to emerging water issues — and explains how investors can identify holdings in their portfolios more likely to be exposed to water-related risks.
Proxy Voting for Sustainability
Sep 21, 2011
- This report serves as a resource guide to help global investors respond to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues that are increasingly the subject of shareholder resolutions filed with U.S. publicly held corporations. This first-of-its-kind report lays out four concise sets of principles on governance, social issues, general sustainability and environmental performance to guide investors’ voting on specific resolutions addressing these topics.
Climate Risk Disclosure by Insurers: Evaluating Insurer Responses to the NAIC Climate Disclosure Survey
Sep 01, 2011
- This report documents this powerful industry’s sluggish and uneven response to the ever-increasing ripples from global climate change, which could undermine both its own financial viability and the stability of the larger global economy. With the world still reeling from the devastating impacts of an economic crisis triggered by hidden risks in the banking sector, we can ill afford a new problem triggered by hidden risks in another.
More Jobs Per Gallon: How Strong Fuel Economy/GHG Standards Will Fuel American Jobs
Jul 29, 2011
- This Ceres report focuses on the economic impacts of strengthening fuel economy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards for passenger vehicles sold in the United States. The analysis finds that stronger standards—more miles and fewer emissions per gallon—would lead to greater economic and job growth, both within the auto industry and in the broader economy as a whole.
2010 Global Investor Survey on Climate Change
Jun 13, 2011
- This report provides the results of the first global survey of investment practices co-ordinated by the three investor networks on climate change – the IIGCC, based in Europe, INCR, based in North America and the Australia/New Zealand IGCC. As such it provides an overview of investment practices around the world, highlighting best practice and analysing the drivers for change.
2010 Ceres-ACCA Awards Report of the Judges
May 25, 2011
- May 2011 - This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Ceres-ACCA North American Awards for Sustainability Reporting. Sustainability reports from 98 companies and organizations were submitted for review this year. For the first time in several years, the submissions represented all of North America—including three Mexican submissions. Of all the reports submitted, 17 of the reports were short-listed and an independent, expert panel of judges met in February 2011 to select the award winners.
New Ceres Survey Data: U.S. Mutual Funds Backtrack in Supporting Climate Resolutions in 2010
Apr 08, 2011
- April 2011 – This survey, conducted by Ceres and Fund Votes, examines how U.S. mutual fund companies have been acting - or not acting - to address climate change risks in their portfolios through their proxy voting. The survey, now in its sixth year, analyzed 46 mutual fund families’ proxy votes on 36 shareholder-sponsored climate change-related resolutions in the 2010 proxy season. It found that U.S. mutual funds’ voting support for climate-related shareholder resolutions is not keeping pace with the escalating risks associated with climate change.
Electric Vehicles: Perspectives on a Growing Investment Theme
Mar 30, 2011
- March 2011 - This report, conducted in partnership with Citi Investment Research & Analysis, provides an overview of the current state of the dynamic electric vehicle industry, with a focus on individual company product plans, key technological issues and the latest industry initiatives and government policies that may influence further development of electric vehicles.