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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.

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.

Global Investor Survey on Climate Change 2013
Aug 05, 2013
The results of this third global survey of climate-related investment practices, summarized in this report, are consistent with last year’s results: while members of the investor networks surveyed continue to show a strong commitment to addressing climate change in their investment activities, translating that commitment into investment decisions that reduce climate risks to portfolios and leverage climate-related investment opportunities remains a challenge. Leading investors continue to advance their climate-related investment practices, and are prepared to do significantly more with the appropriate policy signals.
Flaring Up: North Dakota Natural Gas Flaring More Than Doubles in Two Years
Jul 29, 2013
The tremendous growth of unconventional oil production in North Dakota has also led to a rapid rise in the production of associated natural gas. However, state authorities report that a large percentage of this gas does not ultimately go to market. Nearly 30 percent of North Dakota gas is currently being burned off, or flared, each month as a byproduct of oil production.
The 21st Century Investor: Ceres Blueprint for Sustainable Investing
Jun 26, 2013
Unprecedented risks to the global economy make this a challenging time for the 21st century investor—institutional asset owners and their investment managers—most of which have multi-generational obligations to beneficiaries. Climate change, resource scarcity, population growth, energy demand, ensuring the human rights of workers across global supply chains, and access to fresh water are some of the major issues challenging our ability to build a sustainable economy, one that meets the needs of people today without compromising the needs of future generations.
California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard: Compliance Outlook for 2020
Jun 13, 2013
California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard requires a 10 percent reduction in the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 2020, as measured on a lifecycle basis. The goals of the program are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, diversify the transportation fuels sector, and to spur investment and innovation in lower carbon fuels. This report represents the first phase of a two-phase, year-long project assessing the economic and environmental impacts of compliance with California’s LCFS out to 2020.
Proxy Voting for Sustainability
May 21, 2013
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.
Power Factor: Institutional Investors’ Policy Priorities Can Bring Energy Efficiency to Scale
May 21, 2013
Research shows climate change could impose a multi-trillion dollar burden on the global economy and contribute ten percent of overall risk within institutional investment portfolios. Institutional investors, who manage tens of trillions of dollars globally, are actively looking for ways to mitigate these climate-related risks. Energy efficiency offers one such opportunity for institutional investors to manage the risks of climate change while earning a competitive rate of return on their investment.
Benchmarking Air Emissions
May 15, 2013
This report analyzes the latest emissions from the 100 largest power producers in the U.S. The report shows that the electric industry cut emissions of NOx, SO2 and CO2 in 2011 even as overall electricity generation increased, largely due to increased use of natural gas and growing reliance on renewable energy.
The 21st Century Investor: Ceres Blueprint for Sustainable Investing Summary
May 02, 2013
This is a summary report of The 21st Century Investor: Ceres Blueprint for Sustainable Investing (the “Ceres Investor Blueprint”), released in June 2013.
Hydraulic Fracturing & Water Stress: Growing Competitive Pressures for Water
May 01, 2013
This Ceres research paper analyzes water use in hydraulic fracturing operations across the United States and the extent to which this activity is taking place in water stressed regions. It provides an overview of efforts underway, such as the use of recycled water and nonfreshwater resources, to mitigate these impacts and suggests key questions that industry, water managers and investors should be asking.
Disclosure Framework for Water & Sewer Enterprises
Apr 02, 2013
In its Report on Municipal Securities Market, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission recommends the development of best practices in disclosure to improve the fairness and efficiency of the municipal market. Given the heightened attention to credit analysis across the municipal market, and the shifting operating environment facing issuers within the water and sewer sector, Ceres is issuing this disclosure framework to ensure that all material information is provided to investors in the primary and secondary markets.
Insurer Climate Risk Disclosure Survey 2012
Mar 06, 2013
This report summarizes responses from insurance companies to a survey on climate risk developed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). In 2012 insurance regulators in California, New York and Washington required insurers that write in excess of $300 million in direct written premiums, and are licensed to operate in any of the three states, to disclose their climate-related risks using this survey. The aim of the survey and Ceres’ analysis of the responses is to provide regulators with substantive information about the risks to insurers posed by climate change, as well as steps insurers are taking in response to their understanding of climate change risks.
Water Ripples: Expanding Risks for U.S. Water Providers
Dec 11, 2012
As numerous western states are considering massive new water supply projects, a new Ceres report is suggesting caution. Citing shrinking federal funds, uncertain water demand and declining revenues to pay for the projects, the report recommends that utilities move carefully before embarking on major pipelines, reservoirs and other new infrastructure that will create financial risks for investors and utility customers alike.
Power Forward: Why the World’s Largest Companies are Investing in Renewable Energy
Dec 10, 2012
This report shows that a majority of Fortune 100 companies have set a renewable energy commitment, a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction commitment or both. The trend is even stronger internationally, as more than two-thirds of Fortune’s Global 100 have set the same commitments.
Ceres Annual Report 2011-2012
Dec 07, 2012
In this report you will find highlights of our work over the past year, including groundbreaking reports that are helping reshape the nation’s electric-power sector; new tools to help industry use water more efficiently; successful efforts to require insurance companies to publicly disclose climate-related financial risks; progress on new stock exchange listing requirements for sustainability disclosure; and a major evaluation of the sustainability performance of 600 large U.S. companies.
Scaling Sustainability: 2012-2015 Ceres Strategic Plan
Nov 05, 2012
Over the next three years, Ceres will work with its core constituencies to accelerate the adoption of sustainable business practices, integrate sustainability risks and opportunities into corporate and investor strategies, and establish new rules of the road. Our strategic plan lays out our goals for the next three years and how we expect to achieve them.
Investor Expectations for Improving Environmental & Social Performance in Canadian Oil Sands Development
Oct 22, 2012
A group of 49 investors with $2 trillion in assets under management are calling on Canadian oil sands developers to dramatically reduce the environmental and social impact of their operations.
Incorporating Environmental, Social and Governance Factors into Investing: A Survey of Investment Consultant Practices
Oct 05, 2012
This report shows that investment consultants retained by major asset owners such as pension funds, foundations and endowments have generally not considered environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) risks and opportunities as they advise their investor clients on their portfolios.
Stormy Future for U.S. Property/Casualty Insurers: The Growing Costs and Risks of Extreme Weather Events
Sep 20, 2012
This Ceres report examines how extreme weather trends may be a harbinger of significant challenges ahead for a sector in which many companies are already confronting profitability and growth challenges. This analysis is based on a careful review of U.S. property/casualty insurance industry financial results as reported by A. M. Best Company in early 2012.
Supplier Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ): Building the Foundation for Sustainable Supply Chains
Aug 31, 2012
The Supplier Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ): Building the Foundation for Sustainable Supply Chains will be useful for all companies seeking to strengthen their supply chain engagement. The goal is to help companies be more competitive and build resiliency in their supply chains by identifying, assessing, managing and disclosing supply chain sustainability risks.
Sustainable Extraction? An Analysis of SEC Disclosure by Major Oil & Gas Companies on Climate Risk and Deepwater Drilling Risk
Aug 02, 2012
Disclosure of material business risk is a core underpinning of the modern global economy’s health. A new report says that investors aren’t getting a clear picture from companies of just how deep the material risks are.