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Global Investors Urging Food, Beverage Companies to Better Manage Water Risks
Global Investors Urging Food, Beverage Companies to Better Manage Water Risks

8 years ago - Amid growing concerns over escalating water scarcity and pollution risks, more than 60 leading North American and European institutional investors, collectively managing $2.6 trillion in assets, sent joint letters to 15 food and beverage companies last week calling for increased water risk management and disclosure practices.

5 Evolving Reasons Every Business Should Care About #NewMetrics
5 Evolving Reasons Every Business Should Care About #NewMetrics

8 years ago - If you are a regular or even semi-regular reader of Sustainable Brands, you are likely familiar with our New Metrics (#NewMetrics) events and publications.

New Report Decouples Economic Growth from Increased Emissions
New Report Decouples Economic Growth from Increased Emissions

9 years ago - A new report shows evidence that economic growth is decoupling from carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions in a majority of American states. Authored by sustainability groups Ceres and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), along with Bank of America and four of the largest U.S. power plant operators, the research shows 42 of 50 states decreased emissions from power plants from 2008-2013, totaling a nationwide decrease of 12 percent.

Investors Worth $1.5 Trillion Support Federal Methane Emissions Reduction Plan
Investors Worth $1.5 Trillion Support Federal Methane Emissions Reduction Plan

9 years ago - Leading investors representing $1.5 trillion in assets under management released a statement of support on Thursday for a strong federal standard to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry, according to Ceres. The White House’s proposal, released in January 2015, would cut methane emissions from the oil and gas industry by 45 percent below 2012 levels by the year 2025. A draft rule is expected this summer.

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Ceres Releases Water Risk Disclosure Search Tool
Ceres Releases Water Risk Disclosure Search Tool

9 years ago - Ceres has released a new search tool that enables users to access water risk disclosures in company filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).The SEC Sustainability Disclosure Search tool allows users to find disclosures in 4,500 U.S. companies’ annual filings relating to water availability, scarcity, quality, pollution, regulation and innovation. The tool covers 10-K filings from 2009 to the present and helps stakeholders, including investors, companies, academics and analysts, better understand how businesses are measuring, managing and disclosing material water risks and opportunities.

How to Influence National Public Policy: Updates and Lessons from Proactive Brands
How to Influence National Public Policy: Updates and Lessons from Proactive Brands

9 years ago - Tuesday afternoon’s session led by Anne Kelly, Senior Director of Policy at Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP), shed light on how corporations influence public policy and government regulation in support of a sustainable economy.

BlackRock and Ceres Co-Create Sustainability Guidebook for Investors
BlackRock and Ceres Co-Create Sustainability Guidebook for Investors

9 years ago - The world’s largest asset manager, BlackRock, has joined forces with nonprofit sustainability leader Ceres to provide a guidebook for U.S. institutional investors on engaging with companies and policymakers on sustainability issues. 21st-Century Engagement: Investor Strategies for Incorporating ESG Considerations into Corporate Interactions includes tactics and case studies from 37 engagement experts spanning six countries.

Levi Strauss, Gap, Autodesk Join 24 Companies Supporting California's Sweeping Clean Energy Bill
Levi Strauss, Gap, Autodesk Join 24 Companies Supporting California's Sweeping Clean Energy Bill

9 years ago - Today, 24 companies with a substantial footprint in California, including Ben & Jerry’s, eBay, Gap, Levi Strauss, The North Face and Sungevity, announced their support for SB-350, the “Golden State’s Standard 50-50-50,” that sets new benchmarks for increasing renewable energy and energy efficiency, and decreasing petroleum use by 2030. Their support was communicated in a letter sent to the bill’s author, Senate President pro Tempore, Kevin de León.

Mobilizing Around Climate Action: BICEP's Anne Kelly on Helping Brands Flex Their Advocacy Muscle
Mobilizing Around Climate Action: BICEP's Anne Kelly on Helping Brands Flex Their Advocacy Muscle

9 years ago - Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP) is the foremost coalition of companies advancing energy and climate legislation in the US. A project of Ceres, BICEP convenes 34 member companies that advocate a low-carbon economy as a path to create jobs and stimulate growth.

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Investors Push SEC to Require Stronger Climate Risk Disclosure by Fossil Fuel Companies
Investors Push SEC to Require Stronger Climate Risk Disclosure by Fossil Fuel Companies

9 years ago - Sixty-two institutional investors representing nearly $2 trillion in assets have called for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to push for better disclosure by oil and gas companies of critical climate change-related business risks that will “profoundly affect the economics of the industry.”

Context, Business Risk & Stampeding Black Elephants
Context, Business Risk & Stampeding Black Elephants

9 years ago - Would you invest in a business that gave you only one figure — number of customers — by which to assess both its current state and future prospects? Of course, not; you would inquire about total sales, costs, revenues, margins, market share, and other figures.Any business decision-maker wants multiple figures. Context, and contextualizing data, is key.

New Reports Say Sustainable Investment Can Stabilize Global Water Risk, European Economy
New Reports Say Sustainable Investment Can Stabilize Global Water Risk, European Economy

9 years ago - This week, non-profits Ceres and WWF published resources that provide guidelines for how strategic investment at the private and public level can help avert environmental and economic crises felt the world over. The reports also present compelling arguments for how said environmental crises fuel — and could easily eclipse — the global economic crisis.On Tuesday, Ceres released a report and cheat sheet (right) designed to help global investors improve their analysis and decision-making with regards to water scarcity.

Just in Time for St. Paddy’s Day, 24 American Brewers Call for Climate Action
Just in Time for St. Paddy’s Day, 24 American Brewers Call for Climate Action

9 years ago - Is your favorite beer helping to fight climate change? The chances just improved as, in the lead-up to Saint Patrick's Day — one of America's favorite excuses to drink beer — New Belgium Brewery, Guinness, Smuttynose Brewing Company and Deschutes Brewery join dozens of brewers in announcing today they’ve signed the Climate Declaration, a business call to action that urges policymakers to seize the economic opportunity of tackling climate change.

General Mills, Coke, KB Home Launch Campaign Urging Bolder Business Action to Conserve Water
General Mills, Coke, KB Home Launch Campaign Urging Bolder Business Action to Conserve Water

9 years ago - As California’s devastating drought enters its fourth year and local organizations are appealing to residents to rein in their water use, a diverse coalition of companies with skin in the game — food and beverage giants General Mills, Driscoll’s and Coca-Cola North America, Gap Inc., Symantec and home builder KB Home — are coming together to launch a new campaign urging companies to enact more aggressive measures to maximize California's local and state water resources.

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Water Risk Prompting a New Wave of Innovation
Water Risk Prompting a New Wave of Innovation

9 years ago - What if someone said that they could help jumpstart your creativity? What if they said that the very thing that all businesses need to function can enable new thoughts to flow freely?I’m talking about water. Specifially, corporate water use and risk.I realize that water is hardly the usual domain of expansive, fun, free thinking. But, it should be. What if instead of boring (but essential) lists of what to do to assess water risk, the innovation part was clear?

Future 500 Presents: The Best of the Best in Stakeholder Engagement in 2014
Future 500 Presents: The Best of the Best in Stakeholder Engagement in 2014

9 years ago - As this year comes to a close, we at Future 500 wanted to take a step back and reflect on all of the momentum we’ve seen in stakeholder engagement over the past year. While it’s easy to focus on the negative, we challenge folks to focus on the positive. Below is a summary of the highlights we feel best represent examples of the “Best of the Best” in stakeholder engagement in 2014.

IKEA, Mars, Novelis, Unilever Among 233 Companies Expressing Support for EPA's Clean Power Plan
IKEA, Mars, Novelis, Unilever Among 233 Companies Expressing Support for EPA's Clean Power Plan

9 years ago - Marking the end of the comment period on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, 223 companies have announced their support for EPA’s proposed carbon standard for electric power plants, including IKEA, Mars Inc., VF Corporation, Novelis, Levi Strauss, Unilever and Nestlé.

Institutional Investors Managing $24T Call for Carbon Pricing, Ambitious Global Climate Deal
Institutional Investors Managing $24T Call for Carbon Pricing, Ambitious Global Climate Deal

9 years ago - Nearly 350 global institutional investors representing over $24 trillion in assets have called on government leaders to provide stable, reliable and economically meaningful carbon pricing that helps redirect investment commensurate with the scale of the climate change challenge, as well as develop plans to phase out subsidies for fossil fuels.

Food Industry Playing Catch Up on Sustainability
Food Industry Playing Catch Up on Sustainability

9 years ago - Food and beverage companies are beginning to realize the importance of sustainability, with a growing number of companies working to advance environmental and social improvement in product ingredients, manufacturing, and packaging through to end-of-life.

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The #CVSEffect in Action: Wagon Train Edition — IKEA, GM, Mars Stand Up for Climate Policy
The #CVSEffect in Action: Wagon Train Edition — IKEA, GM, Mars Stand Up for Climate Policy

10 years ago - Previous articles in this series talked about leading businesses taking bold steps on their own for the common good — because it's the right thing to do — even if it costs the company financially in the short term.This time I want to point to the latest wave of businesses working collaboratively on the urgent, common ground issues of renewable energy and climate policy. In America's history of westward expansion and exploration, pioneer families came together in wagon trains for mutual support. In the same way, the examples below show that businesses are taking action, together, to ensure a more certain future that's good for all of us and for business.