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SEC Files Charges in Waste-to-Energy Fraud

An Alabama attorney allegedly defrauded investors out of millions of dollars, which he claimed would be used to develop waste-to-energy projects, according to the US Securities and Exchange Commissions.

Ceres Launches Water Risk Disclosure Search Tool

Ceres Launches Water Risk Disclosure Search Tool

Ceres has launched a search tool that allows users to access water risk disclosures in company filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC Sustainability Disclosure Search tool allows users to find disclosures in 4,500 US companies’ annual filings relating to water availability, scarcity, quality, pollution, regulation and innovation. The … Read more »

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Web Tool Provides Access to Firms’ SEC Climate Change Disclosures

Ceres and CookESG Research have launched a free web tool for accessing climate change-related disclosures in company filings with the US Securities Exchange Commission. The tool allows users to filter and customize company 10-K filing excerpts relating to clean energy, renewables, weather risk and climate-related regulatory risks and opportunities. The … Read more »

Conflict Minerals Filings Below Estimates

More than 1,300 companies made their first conflict minerals filings in accordance with a new Securities and Exchange Commission rule, though the number was far less than expected, according to a report by Ernst & Young. Early estimates indicated around 6,000 companies would be affected by the rule and that … Read more »

Did Your Company Make the SEC’s Conflict Minerals Reporting Deadline?

Did Your Company Make the SEC’s Conflict Minerals Reporting Deadline?

Thousands of automotive, electronics and manufacturing companies were required by law to file a conflict minerals report with the US Securities and Exchange Commission by May 31 — but the bulk of those companies likely missed the deadline. A March survey by the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) of more … Read more »

Conflict Minerals Disclosure Struck Down

 A federal appeals court struck down a requirement that companies to disclose whether their products contain minerals from the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), The Hill reports. The DC Circuit Court of Appeals court said a provision of the rule promulgated from the Dodd-Frank Act forcing companies to publicly … Read more »

Voluntary Financial Guidelines Released

The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) released voluntary guidelines to help the financial sector report on sustainability issues in annual filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. SASB Standards are comprised of disclosure guidance and accounting standards on sustainability topics for US and foreign public companies in their annual … Read more »

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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 »

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Ecotality Files for Bankruptcy, Plans to Sell EV Charging Assets

Ecotality, the San Francisco-based electric vehicle charging company, has filed for bankruptcy and announced plans to auction off its assets just a month after warning investors of its financial troubles. The company, which won a $99.8 million grant from the US Department of Energy four years ago, and five affiliates … Read more »

Sustainability Info ‘Necessary for Informed Investing’

The disclosure of corporate sustainability data should be mandated, because such information is necessary for investors to make fully informed decisions, according to a white paper by Harvard University’s Initiative for Responsible Investment. According to On Materiality and Sustainability: The Value of Disclosure in the Capital Markets, sustainability data can … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: BP Biofuel Plant, Gulf of Mexico Leases, EU Climate Talks

The Interior Department and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has published details on its oil and gas lease sale of more than 20 million acres offshore and all unleased areas in the Western Gulf of Mexico Planning Area. Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 229, on November 28 in New … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: US Drought, Biofuel Refinery, SEC Disclosure, Green Climate Fund

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: US Drought, Biofuel Refinery, SEC Disclosure, Green Climate Fund

The USDA has designated 33 additional counties in eight states as natural disaster areas – 23 counties due to drought. The Farm Service Agency will make changes to the emergency loan program that will help producers obtain the loans earlier in the season. Other drought response actions include DOT emergency waivers … Read more »