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Ceres Seeks Uniform Reporting in Global Exchanges

Ceres, BlackRock and other major institutional investors have begun an effort to engage global stock exchanges via the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) on a uniform reporting standard for sustainability reporting. The launch includes specific recommendations for integrating environmental and social disclosure requirements into listing rules for companies listed on … Read more »

AT&T GE Siemens

GE, AT&T, Siemens Support Keystone XL

A diverse group of over 150 companies, including AT&T, Motorola, Siemens, Volvo and Wyndham Worldwide, have urged President Obama to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Companies signing the letter include many one would expect – fossil fuel companies such as Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil and Shell; utilities such … Read more »

Apple

Apple, Amazon Among Firms Ignoring SEC Climate Risk Rule

Apple and Amazon are among the nearly 75 percent of US publicly traded companies ignoring a Securities and Exchange Commission rule that they inform investors of climate-related risks, Inside Climate News reports. The news agency says Lawrence Taylor, a 72-year-old retired database developer and entrepreneur, culled data from annual reports … Read more »

Real Estate Industry Cuts Carbon Emissions 3.4%

Real Estate Industry Cuts Carbon Emissions 3.4%

Jones Lang LaSalle, Prudential Real Estate Investors, Starwood Hotels and Resorts and other global real estate firms cut their collective carbon emissions 3.4 percent between 2011 and 2012, says a report published by the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Greenprint Center for Building Performance. Buildings also reduced their energy consumption by … Read more »

Rabobank

Banks Consider Natural Capital Risks

The Natural Capital Declaration — signed by the Rabobank Group, Pax World Management and about three dozen other financial institutions at last summer’s Rio+20 Earth Summit — has entered a new phase during which signatories will set about implementing the commitments laid out in the NCD. Four working groups, led … Read more »

Investor Group Proposes ESG Disclosure Rules

The Ceres-led Investor Network on Climate Risk has proposed that companies listed on US and global stock exchanges be required to include a series of environmental, social and governance sustainability disclosures in their annual financial filings. The group of investors, which includes BlackRock, British Columbia Investment Management Corporation and the … Read more »

Deutsche, Goldman, JP Morgan Join NYC Carbon Challenge

Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan Chase are among 10 companies that have committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from their offices by up to 40 percent in the next 10 years. The 10 companies all signed on to an expansion of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Carbon Challenge, being launched … Read more »

Santander Brasil, Wipro, Bradesco, IBM Lead Global Green Rankings

Santander Brasil, Wipro, Bradesco, IBM Lead Global Green Rankings

Santander Brasil, Indian IT firm Wipro, Brazilian financial company Bradesco and US-based IBM topped this year’s Newsweek Green Rankings for global companies, while Singapore food company Wilmar, Coal India and agribusiness giant Monsanto took the bottom spots in the annual environmental ranking of the 500 largest publicly traded companies in … Read more »

Bloomberg-Backed Group to Set Sustainability Standards

The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, a non-profit group backed by Bloomberg LP, Generation Foundation, Metanoia Fund and Rockefeller Foundation, launched this month with the goal of standardizing corporate reporting of the social and environmental performance of every publicly traded company’s operations, across 89 industries. The non-profit aims to fill a … Read more »