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Change the Rules of the Game

Companies and investors need clear policies that reward sustainability performance. our capital market structures are biased towards short-term financial performance. The lack of carbon-reducing regulations in the U.S. for example has allowed companies to emit greenhouse gases at no cost, thus rewarding big emitters and penalizing more efficient businesses. Far greater sustainability gains can be achieved if smart policies are adopted that send clear market signals encouraging clean solutions with a long-term perspective.

Rules of the Game

Companies and investors need clear policies that reward sustainability performance. our capital market structures are biased towards short-term financial performance. The lack of carbon-reducing regulations in the U.S. for example has allowed companies to emit greenhouse gases at no cost, thus rewarding big emitters and penalizing more efficient businesses. Far greater sustainability gains can be achieved if smart policies are adopted that send clear market signals encouraging clean solutions with a long-term perspective.

Ceres will advocate for more sustainable policies in the U.S. and around the world as well as build investor and business support for policies and regulations that reduce sustainability risks and protect long-term interests.

How We Will Get There:

  1. Build business leader support for national and global climate and energy policies.
  2. Gain passage of a new international climate treaty, including a binding reduction target based on the latest scientific findings by the internationally-recognized IPCC.
  3. Eliminate tax incentives and government subsidies for fossil fuel technologies and carbon-intensive projects.
  4. Gain passage of energy efficiency policies to double the historic rate of efficiency improvements and national renewable policies so that at least 20 percent of the nation's electricity comes from renewable power by 2020 and 30 percent by 2030.
  5. Gain passage of national climate change legislation to achieve a reduction in GHG emissions of at least 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050.


Resources:

Building a Roadmap for Corporate Sustainability
Jun 25, 2014
Ceres has worked with companies for 25 years to improve sustainability performance and, today, more companies are taking leading roles than ever before in tackling pressing issues such as forced labor and resource scarcity. In the first two decades of this work, however, it was unclear what sustainability leadership really looked like.
Water and Climate Risks Facing U.S. Corn Production: How Companies and Investors Can Cultivate Sustainability
Jun 11, 2014
This report provides new data and interactive maps on the risks facing U.S. corn production, as well as detailed recommendations for how corn-buying companies and their investors can catalyze more sustainable agricultural practices that will reduce these risks, preserve and enhance yields, and protect precious water resources.
The Future is Now: Ceres Annual Report 2013
May 06, 2014
The future that scientists have warned us— about in which the impacts of climate change begin to alter the health of the global economy and our way of life— is here.
Gaining Ground: Corporate Progress on the Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability
Apr 30, 2014
This report evaluates how well 613 of the largest, publicly traded U.S. companies are integrating sustainability into their business systems and decision-making. The report— a collaboration between Ceres and Sustainalytics—assesses corporate progress across the four strategic areas first outlined in 2010 in the Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability.
Ceres Launches a Corporate Call-to-Action on Climate Change
Apr 28, 2014
As ecological, economic and human costs mount, one of the world’s largest carbon emitters, the U.S., is hamstrung by a deeply polarized Congress. In an effort to move the needle, in April 2013 Ceres and its Business for Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP) coalition launched the Climate Declaration, a corporate call-to-action.