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.
The Ripple Effect: Water Risk in the Municipal Bond Market
Oct 22, 2010
- October 2010 - Growing water scarcity in many parts of the United States is a hidden financial risk for investors who buy the water and electric utility bonds that finance much of the country's vast water and power infrastructure, according to this first-ever report by Ceres and Water Asset Management. The report evaluates and ranks water scarcity risks for public water and power utilities in some of the country's most water-stressed regions, including Los Angeles, Phoenix, Dallas and Atlanta.
The 21st Century Electric Utility: Positioning for a Low-Carbon Future
Jul 27, 2010
- July 2010 - This report identifies five key elements of a 21st century electric utility business model and makes specific recommendations to utilities as they transition to a low-carbon future. It is by no means the final word on this complex and constantly evolving subject. Rather it is a starting point for utilities, policymakers, regulators, investors, analysts, and advocates to consider the utility decisions and behaviors best suited to helping us realize the energy future we all want – a future that, as the report says, “minimizes cost, risk and environmental impact, and maximizes opportunity, options and societal benefit.”
Benchmarking Air Emissions of the 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the United States 2010
Jun 14, 2010
- June 2010 - The 2010 Benchmarking report is the seventh collaborative effort highlighting environmental performance and progress in the nation’s electric power sector. The Benchmarking series began in 1997 and uses publicly reported data to compare the emissions performance of the 100 largest power producers in the United States. The current report is based on 2008 generation and emissions data.
Mutual Funds and Climate Change: Growing Support for Shareholder Resolutions 2010
Jun 01, 2010
- June 2010 - This year’s report evaluates proxy votes on climate change shareholder resolutions by 46 leading mutual fund families, with collective assets under management totaling more than $5 trillion. The analysis covers 17,834 proxy votes cast from 2004 to 2009 on 96 climate-related shareholder resolutions.
Canada's Oil Sands: Shrinking Window of Opportunity
May 14, 2010
- May 2010 - This report examines how carbon and land reclamation regulations, climate change and other environmental and social issues may adversely affect the future of oil sands development in Alberta.
Climate Change Risk Perception and Management: A Survey of Risk Managers
Apr 22, 2010
- April 2010 - This report describes the results of a survey of corporate risk managers conducted by Zurich Financial Services, the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA) and Ceres. The survey is a first step in assessing whether and to what extent risk managers are concerned about the risks posed by climate change regulation and/or by climate change itself, and how well the insurance industry is or is not serving risk managers to transfer or manage the risks in this arena.
2009 Ceres-ACCA Reporting Awards Judges Report
Apr 01, 2010
- April 2010 - Ninety-three sustainability reports from companies and organizations, representing over 20 sectors, were submitted for review this year. Of these, fourteen reports were short-listed and an expert panel of judges met in January 2010 to select the award winners.
The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability
Mar 10, 2010
- March 2010 - The Ceres Roadmap serves as a vision and practical guide for integrating sustainability into the DNA of business — from the boardroom to the copy room. It analyzes the drivers, risks and opportunities involved in making the shift to sustainability, and details strategies and results from companies who are taking on these challenges. The Ceres Roadmap is designed to provide a comprehensive platform for sustainable business strategy and for accelerating best practices and performance.
Global Climate Disclosure Framework for Oil & Gas Companies
Mar 10, 2010
- March 2010 - In general, companies in the Oil and Gas industry are more transparent than the average of other sectors in respect of their climate-related performances. Nonetheless, the information provided by most companies remains inadequate to fully gauge the exposure of companies to evolving climate change related pressures. This report outlines the main areas of reporting necessary to allow investors to fully assess the impacts of climate-related changes on Oil and Gas companies.
Murky Waters? Corporate Reporting on Water Risk
Feb 11, 2010
- February 2010 - This report is the ﬁrst comprehensive assessment and ranking of water disclosure practices of 100 publicly-traded companies in eight key sectors exposed to water-related risks: beverage, chemicals, electric power, food, homebuilding, mining, oil and gas, and semiconductors. The report highlights best practices, key gaps and trends in water reporting and lays out a set of recommendations for companies and investors.
2010 Investor Summit on Climate Risk Final Report
Feb 10, 2010
- To highlight the enormous opportunities of this transition and to assess the need for climate change policy, Ceres, the United Nations Office for Partnerships, and the United Nations Foundation co-hosted the fourth Investor Summit on Climate Risk at the United Nations on January 14, 2010. The Summit brought together more than 520 financial, corporate, and investor leaders with more than $22 trillion in combined assets. Speakers from the investment community, business, labor, and government highlighted the fact that private investment in climate change solutions is crucial for addressing the climate crisis and will not happen at the necessary scale without strong climate and energy policies that limit emissions and put a price on carbon.
Investors Analyze Climate Risks and Opportunities: A Survey of Asset Managers' Practices
Jan 10, 2010
- January 2010 - The report highlights specific best practices that asset managers are using to incorporate climate risks into their due diligence, corporate governance and portfolio valuation. It also outlines questions that institutional investors can be asking asset managers – in requests for proposals (RFPs) and in annual performance reviews – to better ensure that managers are giving climate change risks and opportunities the attention they deserve.
Investor Progress Report: Results Achieved Since the 2008 Institutional Summit on Climate Risk
Jan 10, 2010
- At the third Investor Summit on Climate Risk at the United Nations in February 2008, more than 50 leading U.S. and European institutional investors representing $1.75 trillion in assets announced a new Action Plan, committing to boosting investments in energy efficiency and clean energy technologies, requiring tougher scrutiny of carbon-intensive investments that may pose long-term financial risks, and pledging to support strong policy action on climate and energy
Energy Efficiency and Real Estate: Opportunities for Investors
Dec 10, 2009
- December 2009 - This report outlines the business case that investing in energy efficiency enhanced value in real estate portfolios. The report concludes that, whether investors have direct control over the properties in their portfolio or not, taking steps to reduce energy use makes financial sense. The report lays out the steps investors can take to improve energy efficiency, and presents best practices for different types of investments.
Fast Forward: Ceres Annual Report 2008-2009
Dec 08, 2009
- December 2009 - This report highlights Ceres' 20 year history of building sustainability into capital markets and lays out our vision for reaching a truly sustainable economy by 2020. Told through the lens of our four key pillars for success - Ensuring Honest Accounting, Setting New Standards and Expectations, Accelerating Green Innovation and Changing the Rules of the Game - this report explores Ceres current work and asks the crucial questions we need to answer if we are going to accelerate systemic change to address climate change and other sustainability threats.
CAFE and the U.S. Auto Industry Revisited: A Growing Auto Investor Issue (2011 - 2016)
Oct 08, 2009
- October 2009 - This report evaluates the impact that changes to the U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program may have on the industry in 2016. We have issued this report as a follow-up to Citi’s October 22, 2007 report “CAFE and the U.S. Auto Industry – A Growing Auto Investor Issue, 2012-2020” in which we examined the impact of proposed fuel economy regulation on the U.S. auto industry.
Addressing Climate Risk: Financial Institutions and Emerging Markets
Sep 08, 2009
- September 2009 - The results of the survey show that emerging market banks recognize the challenges from climate change and are beginning to position themselves for its wide-ranging risks and opportunities, whether from carbon-reducing regulations, international carbon trading schemes or far-reaching physical impacts.
Climate Risk Disclosure in SEC Filings: An Analysis of 10K Reporting by Oil and Gas, Insurance, Coal, Transportation and Electric Power Companies
Jun 10, 2009
- June 2009 - This Ceres/Environmental Defense Fund report evaluates the current state of climate risk disclosure by 100 global companies in five sectors that have a strong stake in preparing for a low carbon future: electric utilities, coal, oil and gas, transportation and insurance. It assesses climate risk disclosure in the SEC filings made by these companies in Q1 2008, and finds very limited disclosure.
Reclaiming Transparency in a Changing Climate
Jun 03, 2009
- June 2009 – This report, by Ceres, CEES and Environmental Defense Fund, reviews over 6,000 SEC filings by S&P 500 companies from 1995 to 2008. While the study finds some modest improvement in climate risk disclosure since 1995, in 2008 75% of annual reports filed by S&P 500 corporations failed to even mention climate change and only 5% articulated a strategy for managing climate-related risks.
Mutual Funds and Climate Change: Growing Support for Shareholder Resolutions
May 10, 2009
- May 2009 - Mutual fund support for climate change-related shareholder resolutions involving U.S. companies reached new highs in 2008, but there is still much room for improvement. The increased support mirrors rising overall investor support for climate change resolutions in recent years. It comes as the business case for supporting climate-related resolutions is increasingly clear, as regulation of greenhouse gas emissions is now a reality in many regions of the U.S. and federal regulations are a strong possibility.