Environment / Natural resource use
Letter to Obama: No Drilling on Public Lands (09/18)
Hundreds of signatories call on the President to end the policy of leasing federal lands for fossil fuel exploration and extraction.
Drilling in the Arctic, Mining at the Grand Canyon (08/21)
President Obama's legacy on climate will be compromised by Shell drilling for oil in the Arctic, and the Grand Canyon is under siege from uranium mining and tourism development.
Market for Conservation Investments Expected to Grow Dramatically (04/03)
A first ever report on the practice of conservation investing, co-authored by The Nature Conservancy, anticipates that private investment will triple by 2018, from $2 billion to nearly $6 billion.
Indigenous Rights Help Prevent Deforestation (08/04)
A report by the World Resources Institute and the Rights and Resources Initiative concludes that autonomous decision-making by native peoples results in improved community benefits and greater carbon storage.
EPA Limits on Alaskan Pebble Mine Likely to Prevent Construction (07/21)
The Agency's proposal states that if constructed the mine would lead to unprecedented losses in streams and wetlands, and cause streamflow alterations, threatening one of the world's largest salmon fisheries.
Investors Applaud Palm Oil Sourcing Policy Announced by Smucker's (07/18)
Clean Yield Asset Management and Green Century Capital Management withdraw shareowner resolution after company commits to environmental protection by sourcing only deforestation-free palm oil.
Step Back from New Oil Sands Projects, Scientists Tell North American Leaders (06/28)
Citing approval of pipelines and other oil sands projects as symptoms of a broken policy process, a group of scientists call for no new oil sands project approvals unless they are consistent with effective climate change policies.
Book Review: The Sixth Extinction: an Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert (05/26)
The New Yorker staff writer travels through space and time to assert that a mass extinction is underway, this time at the hands of human agency. Second in a two-part series.
Third National Climate Assessment Published (05/06)
In its new report, the US Global Change Research Program asserts that the effects of climate change have already become a present day concern, and announces the launch of a website to help Americans receive reliable scientific information.
Investors Warned Again of Risks in Arctic Drilling (02/26)
A coalition of nonprofit organizations releases a report for institutional investors detailing the considerable financial, environmental, and social risks associated with Shell's plans to drill for oil in the waters of the US Arctic.
Shareowner Engagement yet to Convince Frackers to Disclose (11/11)
A group of sustainable institutional investors issues a report on the hydraulic fracturing industry that reveals companies are failing to disclose impacts on communities and the environment from their operations.
Shell Fined $1 Million for Clean Air Act Violations in Arctic (09/10)
The Environmental Protection Agency finds the company violated its Clean Air Act permits in the Arctic after encountering operational challenges with its two drilling rigs.
Governments Overestimate Levels of Sustainable Development (09/06)
By failing to account for materials extraction through international trade, developed nations provide a misleading picture of raw materials use.
Major Cities Adapting to Climate Change (06/28)
A report by the Carbon Disclosure Project and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group reveals that many of the world’s largest cities have launched energy efficiency and other initiatives to lessen the effects of climate change.
Climate Principles Issues Best Practices for Hydraulic Fracturing (04/13)
Guidelines for financiers of hydraulic fracturing published by the European Climate Principles add to calls for greater transparency by companies engaged in the practice.
Get Real about Climate Change, Shareowners Tell Utilities (02/28)
With trillions of dollars in infrastructure upgrades looming for electric utilities, investors call on five companies to emphasize a transition to renewables, improve energy efficiency, and manage water risks.
Natural Capital and Integrated Reporting Among Trends for 2013 (02/18)
With the help of environmental research from Trucost, GreenBiz publishes the sixth annual edition of its State of Green Business Report, assessing major trends as well as the environmental performance of 500 US companies.
Shareowners Press on with Fracking Campaign (02/05)
Nine oil and gas companies face shareowner resolutions this proxy season requesting quantitative reporting of risks associated with hydraulic fracturing and the management of fugitive methane emissions.
Shareowner Resolution Challenges Chevron for Attacking Investors (01/12)
The Needmor Fund and Zevin Asset Management file a shareowner resolution requesting that Chevron explain the rationale behind issuing subpoenas to force investors to share confidential communications.
Shareowner Urges End to Natural Gas Flaring (01/10)
Mercy Investment Services files a shareowner resolution with Continental Resources, requesting that the oil company reduce or eliminate the environmentally destructive practice of natural gas flaring in its operations.
Dangerous Mishaps Plague Shell's Arctic Exploration (01/09)
The Department of the Interior launches an expedited review of Shell's drilling program after a drill rig runs aground in the Gulf of Alaska.
Top Sustainable Investment Stories of 2012, Part 5 (01/05)
In a cautionary tale of poor corporate governance, the year for Chevron began with a court in Ecuador upholding the $18 billion judgment against it for environmental damage, and ended with the company's lawyers serving subpoenas on its own shareowners.
Top Sustainable Investment Stories of 2012, Part 3 (01/02)
For some institutional investors, shareowner tactics evolve from resolutions to engagement, and proposals addressing hydraulic fracturing focus concerns on community impacts.
Businesses Unprepared for Resource Scarcity (12/19)
Carbon Trust surveys the CEOs of corporations in five countries and finds that most have not set targets for reducing their use of natural resources, with nearly half stating that to do so would cost too much.
$18 Billion Judgment Against Chevron Stands (10/10)
The US Supreme Court declines to hear Chevron's arguments for overturning the largest environmental judgment in history, leaving the company vulnerable to charges of securities law violations.
Chevron Wants Access to Emails of Critics (10/02)
The oil company's latest effort to avoid paying a $19 billion judgment for extensive environmental damage in Ecuador involves trying to gain access to the private email accounts of 101 people who have worked on the case.
CDP Releases Annual Reports on Corporate Carbon Management (09/13)
Responding to more than half of the world's invested capital, large companies increasingly view climate change as a current business concern, but too little is being done at present to avert a climate crisis.
Muhammad Yunus, Father of Microcredit and Nobel Peace Prize Recipient, to Address SRI Conference (09/05)
The founder of the Grameen Bank will be the keynote speaker at October's SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing, which will also feature author Deepak Chopra and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Second of a two-part series.
Proxy Season Results Support Mainstreaming of ESG (07/12)
This year's shareowner resolution tracker from Ceres notes that almost half of the environmental and social resolutions coordinated by the organization were withdrawn after successful engagement with companies. First of a two-part series.
Rio+20 Ends without Binding Agreements (06/23)
Sustainable investors who consider regulatory action to be essential are likely to be disappointed by the absence of agreements addressing climate change and corporate reporting.
Replacement for GDP Proposed at Rio+20 (06/19)
The Inclusive Wealth Index would provide a definition of wealth that encourages sustainable economic and social development.
Investors Write to Chevron Again (05/29)
Led by the New York State Common Retirement Fund, a coalition of 40 institutional investors with $580 billion in assets under management calls on Chevron to end its legal wrangling over an $18 billion judgment against it for environmental damage in Ecuador.
Investors Warned to Question Shell's Plans for Arctic (05/24)
Citing the likelihood that control of a spill in ice-covered waters will fail, and outlining Shell's poor track record in the Russian Far East, Greenpeace advises investors to ask hard questions about the risks to the company's financial health.
Concerns Grow over Slow Pace of Sustainable Development (05/22)
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development publishes a report in advance of next month's Rio+20 Conference, warning that a radical adaptation in the use of natural capital is required.
Shareowners Ask SEC to Investigate Chevron (05/21)
Three sustainable investment organizations say that the company's management appears to be covering up the risks associated with an $18 billion legal judgment against it for environmental damage in Ecuador. Second of a two-part series.
Race Between Sustainability and Over-Consumption Continues (05/16)
The third annual MIT survey of corporate executives suggests that sustainability is increasingly a management agenda item, while a report from WWF finds that global consumption patterns are still unsustainable.
UNDP Reports on Outlook for Sustainable Development in Asia-Pacific (05/10)
Exploring both widespread poverty and the impacts of climate change on the region, the report warns that the private sector and other stakeholders must act in order to galvanize government action.
UKSIF Endorses Key Investor Initiatives for Rio+20 (04/30)
The Natural Capital Declaration commits financial institutions to integrating environmental considerations into their products and services, while the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Coalition seeks a convention on corporate reporting.
Investors Challenge Goldcorp's Closing Costs for Guatemala Mine (04/17)
Two institutional investors warn that Goldcorp faces litigation risks if its plan for funding the environmental cleanup of its mine in Guatemala is inadequate.
Solar Industry Maturing Despite Lack of Subsidies (04/10)
A report from As You Sow details examples of best practice in environmental, social, and corporate governance considerations by solar companies, and provides a benchmark for investors to track sustainable developments in the industry.
Shell Heads for the Arctic (03/26)
While the company contends with activist nongovernmental organizations such as Greenpeace, it remains unclear if sustainable investors are engaging with it on the potential cost of an oil spill cleanup.
Investors Continue Pressure for Fracking Disclosure (03/09)
Two guides for investors and companies engaged in hydraulic fracturing have been published in recent months, and four of ten shareowner resolutions calling for increased disclosure of risks have been withdrawn.
As You Sow Publishes Proxy Preview (02/29)
The report notes an exponential increase in resolutions addressing the various forms of corporate political spending, while the community impacts of hydraulic fracturing and financial risks associated with coal lead environmental resolutions.
Advisory Warns Investors of Risks of Proposed Copper and Gold Mine in Alaska (02/24)
Citing community opposition, unprecedented infrastructure requirements, and environmental risks, Earthworks questions whether the mine, located in the Bristol Bay area, will ever be built.
Shareowners Continue Campaign for Disclosure of Risks Associated with Fracking (02/10)
Ten shareowner resolutions addressing hydraulic fracturing have been filed thus far for the 2012 proxy season, and proponents for improved disclosure look to improve upon last year's 40% vote in support.
Ecuadorian Court Upholds $18 Billion Judgment Against Chevron (01/06)
In addition to upholding the judgment for environmental damages in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest, the court also criticized Chevron's efforts to undermine the trial.
Shareowners Press Chevron to Acknowledge Environmental Liabilities in Ecuador (12/27)
Even as Chevron's liability for a November oil spill in Brazil reaches billions of dollars, the company still refuses to disclose to shareowners the risks associated with an $18 billion court judgment against it in Ecuador. Second of a two-part series.
Administration Punts on Controversial Oil Pipeline (11/11)
The State Department's decision to review planned route through Nebraska is likely to put off a final decision until 2013.
ISS Seeks Investor Input for Revised Proxy Voting Policies (11/01)
Institutional Shareholder Services says the comment period for the 2012 update of its proxy voting policies will run through November 7th.
Munich Re and IBM Lead Companies in Newsweek's 2011 Green Rankings (10/17)
IBM moves up from third place finish last year to first in US, and HP ranks second for second year in row; Dell drops from first to fifth, and Munich Re tops list of global companies.
GRI Proposes Reporting Guidelines for Ecosystem Impacts (10/12)
With health of global ecosystems at risk, the Global Reporting Initiative proposes reporting on ecosystems impacts that go beyond general environmental reporting.
SEC Considering Oversight of Hydraulic Fracturing (08/31)
As investor concerns over the risks of hydraulic fracturing increase, news reports indicate that the Commission is asking companies for information relating to chemicals used in the practice.
Can Shell Be Trusted with Drilling in Arctic? (08/20)
The company's permit from the Interior Department to drill in the Arctic precedes by days an oil spill in the North Sea, and follows a UN report critical of its acceptance of responsibility for oil spills in Nigeria.
Shareowner Support for Environmental Resolutions Continues to Grow (06/28)
Tracking by Ceres of this year's environmental resolutions reveals that the average support for hydraulic fracturing proposals increased to 40% in 2011, up from 30% in 2010.
Resolutions Addressing Hydraulic Fracturing Continue to Attract Shareowner Support (06/03)
At annual meeting of Ultra Petroleum, the company refuses to permit shareowners to present their proposal, but votes in favor double that of 2010.
Trillium Asks SEC to Investigate Chevron Disclosures (05/25)
Discrepancies in assessing the impact on the company of an $18 billion judgment in Ecuador raise questions about the disclosures included in SEC filings.
Investors Take Note of Clean and Sustainable Geothermal Energy Production (09/12)
New technologies such as EGS offer potential for large-scale electricity production and lead to high-visibility investments.
The Very Rich Green Their Portfolios (07/16)
With European and Middle Eastern investors leading the way, high-net-worth investors are putting their money into green technologies and alternative energy sources.
Green Fast Food: Really Here or a Green Dream? (07/11)
The fast food industry is seeing a growing demand for environmental sustainability. How can investors, consumers, and other stakeholders know which restaurants are truly embracing sustainable development and which are only greenwashing their practices?
Shelley Alpern on How Tar Sands Perpetuate Petro-Addiction (06/26)
SocialFunds writer Bill Baue speaks with Shelley Alpern of Trillium Asset Management about its shareholder activism on oil company exploitation of tar sands.
New Coal Plants: At What Cost? (03/20)
Uncertainties abound around the 100-plus proposed US coal-burning power plants contends a report from the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility.
Growing Interest In Green Investing (01/31)
New research shows that individual investors think the environment is hot, with solar energy an important investment opportunity.
Book Review: The Clean Tech Revolution (11/05)
A new book on investing in green technology looks at new and expected developments that hold out promise for big returns over the coming decades.
Biofuels: Keeping Good Intentions on the Right Path (06/27)
With the biofuels industry growing by leaps and bounds worldwide, controversy is erupting over whether this important new energy source is truly as sustainable as it claims to be.
Top US Jewelry Retailers Get the Gold for Signing Responsibility Pledge (02/14)
In time for Valentine’s Day, seven out of the top ten US jewelry retailers sign No Dirty Gold’s "Golden Rules" to back responsible gold mining practices.
Launch of Three New Clean Tech Indexes Culminates Banner Year for Green Investing (12/29)
The three Jefferies Global Clean Technology Indexes join the half-dozen green indexes introduced this year.
Rainforest Action Network Seeks to Stem Flow of Financing to TXU Coal Project (12/20)
Part two of this two-part articles addresses how RAN sent a letter to 54 banks urging them to withhold funding from a TXU plan to build 11 pulverized coal-burning power plants in Texas.
Ecosystem Depletion Presents Businesses with Risks and Opportunities (11/29)
Four prominent environmental and business organizations report on the business risks and opportunities associated with ecosystem crises such as climate change and water scarcity.
Merrill Lynch and World Resources Institute Issue Second Auto Sector Climate Change Report (11/15)
The report again balances stock picking and investment analysis with in-depth discussion of regulatory and market developments in response to global warming and energy security concerns.
As Climate Debate Matures, Companies Strategize Solutions and Investors Push for Disclosure (11/03)
Companies are taking tangible actions to minimize risks and seize opportunities related to climate change, while investors promote more robust climate-related disclosure.
Shareowners Push TimeWarner on Movies Depicting Smoking, Recycled Paper, and Pay Disparity (08/09)
Part two of this two-part article documents steps forward made by TimeWarner, as well as areas where shareowner activists continue to press for progress.
ADVANCE Converts Corporate Environmental Metrics Into Monetary Terms (08/03)
The transparent methodology stands to advance corporate social responsibility and socially responsible investing, but it remains to be seen if it measures true sustainability.
Biofuels May Not Be Sustainability Panacea, According to Bank Sarasin Report (08/02)
The report identifies strengths and weaknesses of biofuels from social and environmental perspectives, as well as positing minimum sustainability criteria to qualify for investment.
BP, Suncor, and Shell Top Oil Sector Sustainability Rating; Chevron and ExxonMobil Rank Low (08/01)
The report by Jantzi Research examines 23 oil companies worldwide on environmental issues such as greenhouse gas emissions as well as human rights and other social issues.
Trillium Takes the Reins from Winslow in Managing the Green Century Balanced Fund (07/24)
The transition in portfolio managers has shifted the fund back to its roots as a core portfolio holding by reducing risk and diversifying holdings across the multi-cap space.
Missouri Farmers Union Credit Union Supports Sustainability in Low-Income Rural Areas (07/10)
The new credit union supports cooperative entrepreneurial models that advance social responsibility and environmental sustainability in low-income agricultural regions.
Winslow and Jupiter Launch Global Green Fund Using Only Positive Environmental Criteria (06/12)
The Jupiter Green Investment Trust pioneers cross-continent collaboration and evolution from negative screening to positive sustainability criteria.
Ecological Community Loan Pool Directly Links Ecologically Minded Investors to Eco-Preneurs (05/23)
The portal created by Ecostructure Financial tweaks the community development financial institution model to allow investors to lend directly to startups solving environmental problems.
Digging for More than Gold: SRI Letter Asks Newmont to Address Western Shoshone Concerns (05/11)
The letter cites a recent decision by the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to support Western Shoshone claims.
Social Footprint Introduces Simple Elegance in Measuring Corporate Sustainability Performance (03/30)
The method conceived by the Center for Sustainable Innovation for quantifying corporate social and environmental impacts uses quotients to compare company action to sustainability goals.
US Banks Sink to the Bottom of the Barrel on Latest Sustainability Ratings from Oekom (03/14)
Most US banks fail to disclose enough information on their social and environmental performance to qualify for analysis, and only four of 21 analyzed earned above D-level grades.
Resolution Withdrawals Signal Success in Shareowner Advocacy Early in 2006 Proxy Season (03/06)
Part one of this two-part article examines withdrawal of resolutions on climate change, sexual orientation nondiscrimination, political contributions, and HIV/AIDS policies.
Two New Indexes Help Wean Us From Oil Addiction Via Clean Energy and Cleantech (02/10)
The WilderHill New Energy Global Innovation Index tracks clean energy companies internationally, while the Cleantech Index tracks cleantech companies in the US.
Are European Finance Sector Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives Adequate? (12/23)
A report from a recent EU conference on CSR suggest so, while a Corporate Responsibility Coalition report says voluntary CSR initiatives and current regulation fall short.
Wal-Mart Embraces Sustainability: Does the SRI Community Buy It? (10/26)
Socially responsible investors cautiously applaud Wal-Mart for committing to social and environmental sustainability, but remain highly skeptical about actual implementation.
New Document Alleges Tie Between Chevron and Human Rights Abuses in Nigeria (08/12)
Identified in the discovery phase of a case proceeding at state and federal levels, the invoice and receipt indicate Chevron paid Nigerian soldiers for services on a day several villagers were allegedly killed (part one of a two-part article.)
New Study Shows Benefits of Sustainable Forestry Certification (07/27)
Third-party verification leads to measurable improvements in the protection of forests, wildlife, and stakeholder rights.
Shell Doubles Cost Projections of Sakhalin II, Project Critics Redouble Opposition (07/21)
The largest oil and gas project in the world meets resistance over concerns about its social and environmental impacts, as well as its economic sustainability.
Institutional Investors Call on SEC, Wall Street, and Companies to Address Climate Risk (05/11)
The second Investor Summit on Climate Risk focused on information, from the perspectives of disclosure, data generation, and analysis, as a key to transforming climate risk into opportunity.
Virgin Trees in Kleenex: Greenpeace Lambasts Kimberly-Clark Fiber Sourcing (05/06)
Between 15 and 30 percent of K-C tissue products fiber originates from the Canadian Boreal Forest, according to a Greenpeace report, and only 19 percent of its fiber is recycled.
Ecuadorian Attorney General Tells ChevronTexaco Shareholders Remediation Agreement May Be Invalid (04/12)
The questionable validity of the remediation agreement indemnifying ChevronTexaco could carry implications for the lawsuit and beyond (part three of a multipart article).
Asphalt Jungle: Did Oil Drilling by Texaco Create Environmental and Social Harm in Ecuador? (04/11)
Both ChevronTexaco and lawsuit plaintiffs are finding evidence of contamination during judicial site inspections: the question is, does it pose human health or environmental risks? (part two of a multi-part article.)
Oil Spread Upon the Waters of Ecuador May Return Harm for ChevronTexaco Shareholders (04/08)
A shareholder delegation surveys the environmental and social impact of oil operations, assessing potential risk from a twelve-year old lawsuit in its judicial inspection phase (part one of a multi-part article).
ConocoPhillips Bows Out of Arctic Power, Green Century Withdraws ANWR Resolution (01/12)
The oil company left the group lobbying to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge a year ago and neglected to inform resolution filers, who were nonetheless pleased with the development.
Latin American Forest Products Company Illustrates Best Practice Sustainability Reporting (01/04)
Terranova issues its second Global Reporting Initiative-based sustainability report, exhibiting many exemplary practices such as stakeholder engagement and external verification.
Integrating Sustainability at Xerox: A Talk with VP for Environment, Health, and Safety Jack Azar (11/11)
In part two of this two-part interview, Mr. Azar discusses how Xerox integrates sustainability into its policies and practices.
Zero Waste and Industrial Ecology: A Talk with Xerox VP for Environment, Health, and Safety Jack Azar (11/10)
In part one of this two-part interview, Mr. Azar discusses the history of waste-free policies and practices at Xerox.
European Utilities Top Oekom Sustainability Rankings, US Utilities Crowd the Bottom (10/28)
Corporate sustainability rating firm Oekom Research rewards climate change mitigation and enhancing energy accessibility for the economically disadvantaged in its latest report.
Shell and BP Top Innovest CSR Ratings of Integrated Oil and Gas Companies (10/13)
Marathon and several companies operating in emerging markets sink to the bottom of the rankings of corporate social responsibility performers.
First Alternative Energy Index Spawns Exchange Traded Fund (09/09)
The WilderHill Clean Energy Index, published by the American Stock Exchange, will serve as the basis for an exchange traded fund from PowerShares Capital Management.
Got Water? Report Recommends Solutions for Businesses To Address Water Scarcity (08/24)
A new Pacific Institute report outlines the impacts on business of water scarcity, and offers ten steps companies can take to help solve these problems.
Book Review--Smart Alliance: How a Global Corporation and Environmental Activists Transformed a Tarnished Brand (07/13)
The in-depth story of how the Rainforest Alliance partnered with Chiquita to improve the company’s social and environmental performance through certification.
How Sustainable Is the Asia Pulp & Paper Sustainability Action Plan? (06/30)
WWF Indonesia calls off its partnership with Asia Pulp & Paper after the company fails to implement commitments to end sourcing of illegal timber (part three of a three-part article.)
How Unsustainable Forestry Practices in Indonesia Impact Sustainable Practice in the US (06/23)
Part one of a three-part article exploring the complex global relationship between sustainable and unsustainable forestry practices.
The Emergence Story Behind Indigenous Peoples Rights Screens (06/10)
Socially responsible investment firms also engage in shareowner action on indigenous peoples rights issues.
Are the Equator Principles Sincere or Spin? (06/04)
A report calls into question whether signatory banks are complying with the Equator Principles.
Shareowner Resolution Withdrawn as JP Morgan Chase Addresses Environmental Risks (05/14)
A group of socially responsible investment advocates withdrew a shareowner resolution from JP Morgan Chase when the company established an office of environmental affairs.
ChevronTexaco Faces Class-Action Lawsuit in Ecuador Over Environmental Damage (05/11)
A resolution asking ChevronTexaco to report on new initiatives to address its legacy of environmental damage in Ecuador gained nine percent support from shareowners.
Philips Extends Sustainability Expectations to Suppliers, Including Child Labor Ban (03/29)
In its 2003 Sustainability Report, Philips Electronics introduced provisions requiring its 50,000 suppliers worldwide to practice social and environmental sustainability.
Social Investors Urge World Bank to Adopt Extractive Industries Review Proposals (03/23)
If adopted by the World Bank, EIR recommendations could serve as a social and environmental best practice benchmark for oil, gas, and mining companies.
California Treasurer Proposes Environmental Screening for State Pension Investments (02/06)
California Treasurer Phil Angelides pitches the Green Wave Initiative to CalPERS and CalSTRS, the state's huge pension funds, asking them to support green investments.
ExxonMobil Contributed Five Percent of Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Last 120 Years (01/30)
Friends of the Earth releases two studies that attribute one twentieth of global climate change to ExxonMobil. The company questions these findings, as it questions climate change.
The Rashomon Effect: Why Do Innovest and Oekom Rate Toyota's Environmental Performance So Differently? (01/20)
A Japanese film may help investors understand the discrepancy between the environmental ratings of Toyota by Innovest and Oekom.
Book Review--True to Our Roots: Fermenting a Business Revolution (01/14)
Paul Dolan, president of Fetzer Vineyards, promotes sustainable business practices by relating his personal transformation committing to organic growing practices.
Underreporting of Material Environmental Liabilities Persists (12/23)
Despite clear documentation of the problem, multiple solutions proposed, and petitioning to enhance enforcement, corporate underreporting of material environmental liabilities continues.
2003 Proxy Season Roundup: Shareowner Action Success Measured On and Off the Record (12/17)
While the 2003 proxy season produced some impressive numbers, shareowner advocates also define success in ways that are not easily quantifiable (Part one of a two-part article.)
UN Institutional Investor Summit Considers Opportunities of Addressing Climate Change (11/26)
Institutional investors make the business case and investment case for assessing, reporting, and mitigating climate change in a summit at the UN (part two of a two-part article).
Carmakers and Carbon Constraints: Who Will Capitalize and Who Will Cave? (11/20)
A new report assesses ten auto companies’ relative readiness for reduced carbon emissions and increased fuel efficiency regulations in Japan, the EU, and the US.
Social Investors Recommend Best Practice for Coalbed Methane Extraction (10/07)
A shareowner action campaign proactively asks companies to practice environmental and social responsibility in extracting coalbed methane.
Dow, GM, and Johnson & Johnson Lead the Charge to Green Power (09/30)
The 12 members of the Green Power Market Development Group have purchased almost 100 megawatts of green power from renewable resources since last summer.
Boise's Plan to End Old Growth Harvesting: Trend-Setting or Too-Little, Too-Late? (09/04)
Boise Cascade bans logging old growth forests in the US and deters it elsewhere, but other companies may not jump on this bandwagon if its time has already passed.
Environmental Best Practice Tied to Financial Outperformance in Food Retail Industry (09/03)
Innovest's latest report shows that environmental leaders in the global food and drug sector financially outperform the sector's environmental laggards.
UN to Hold Corporations More Responsible for Human Rights and the Environment (08/26)
A UN sub-commission adopted a resolution calling for transnational corporations to be held more accountable for human rights protection and environmental stewardship.
Rio Tinto to Rehabilitate Uranium Mine (08/20)
Environmental activists have long been advocating for restoration of the Jabiluka uranium mine, which is located in the Kakadu World Heritage Area in Northern Australia.
Institutional Investor Practices SRI Through Shareowner Action (08/14)
The Nathan Cummings Foundation prioritizes shareowner action by actively voting its proxies, filing shareowner resolutions, and dialoguing with companies on social issues.
Ford's Latest CSR Report Increases Transparency by Using GRI Guidelines (08/12)
Ford's decision to base its 2002 Corporate Citizenship Report on Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines will help analysts get a fuller picture of the company's performance (part one of a two-part article).
Report Finds Oil Companies' Social and Environmental Practices Unsustainable (08/07)
Oekom Research's report criticizes the oil industry's uneven progress in sustainable development, but those in the industry question the report's findings.
First Steps for the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development (07/15)
Carlos Guimaraes, chair of the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development, speaks about the new organization's strong membership, partnerships, and projects.
Members of Congress Consider Social and Environmental Disclosure in SEC Filings (07/11)
A group of Senators and Representatives summoned a symposium on the need for social and environmental disclosure by companies in their SEC filings.
Sustainability Leaders in Food Sector Produce Healthy Returns (07/09)
Innovest finds that global food products companies with higher sustainability ratings perform better financially than companies with weaker environmental performance.
Book Review: Eco-Service Development: Reinventing Supply and Demand in the European Union (06/06)
A new book presents the business case for promoting sustainable development through "eco-services," or the switch from a product-oriented to a service-oriented culture.
FedEx and UPS Green Up Their Fleets With Hybrid Electric and Fuel Cell Vehicles (06/03)
FedEx introduces hybrid electric delivery vehicles, while UPS is investing in fuel cell technology.
World's Largest Coffee Traders Agree to Sustainability, but How Committed Are They? (05/30)
Rainforest Alliance's recent agreement on sustainability with the world's two largest coffee traders holds promise but the devil may be in the details.
Religious Institutions Issue Benchmarks for Corporate Social Responsibility Performance (05/28)
A global coalition of religious activists have published the third edition of a comprehensive set of guidelines for corporate social and environmental performance.
Report Asks When ExxonMobil Will Wake Up to Climate-Related Risks (05/15)
For the second year in a row, a report tells ExxonMobil shareowners to beware of the significant risks the company faces in terms of how the oil giant addresses climate change.
Earth Day Founder Not the Only One to Link Climate Change and Investing (04/22)
The voices of institutional investors representing public pension funds join those from the insurance industry to advance a business case for addressing climate change.
Return to Sender: Dell Inches Toward a Computer Take-Back Recycling Program (04/09)
Calvert-led coalition conducts shareowner action urging U.S. computer companies to implement take-back programs for recycling obsolete computers and components.
When Lightning Strikes: Portfolio 21 Applies The Natural Step's Sustainability Theories (04/03)
Portfolio 21 applies environmental screens based on the principles of the Natural Step, which promotes sustainability.
PepsiCo Shareowners Will Address the Business Risks of Water Scarcity (04/02)
The SEC is requiring PepsiCo's to allow its shareowners to vote on a resolution regarding the business risks of water scarcity.
Investing in Wind Energy Is Not a Breeze (03/07)
With few pure players in the domestic wind energy sector, investors who want exposure to wind energy must commit their money overseas.
International Right to Know Campaign Promotes Disclosure of Global Corporate Impacts (02/27)
In a recent report, the International Right to Know Campaign outlines the benefits of corporate disclosure of global environmental and social policies and practices.
ExxonMobil Receives 23 Shareowner Resolutions on Issues Ranging from Climate Change to Corporate Governance (02/26)
Concerted shareowner action this proxy season targets ExxonMobil over such issues as its refusal to address climate change and its coupling of CEO and Chairman of the Board.
Carbon Disclosure Project Informs Investors of Climate Change Risks and Opportunities (02/18)
A new report finds that companies stand to gain competitive advantage by addressing climate change.
National Wildlife Federation and Amnesty International USA Embrace SRI (02/11)
Two well-known advocacy organizations have made a commitment to lowering the wall between their program activities and their investments.
Prince Albert of Monaco Helps Launch a New Sustainability Fund (02/07)
Instead of investing directly in equities, this new "fund of funds" from Monaco invests in SRI and sustainability funds.
Green Banking (01/23)
Ten exemplary "green banking" enterprises were honored recently, highlighting the growth of environment-friendly community investing.
ICCR Proxy Resolutions Book Gauges Shareowner Action Climate (01/22)
In its new publication, the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility rounds up the social and environmental shareowner resolutions to be voted on in the 2003 proxy season.
Global Warming Shareowner Resolution Filed at "Filthy Five" Electric Companies (01/17)
A coalition of institutional investors has filed a shareowner resolution calling on five electric power producers to report on the business risk of their greenhouse gas emissions.
Sierra Club Launches SRI Mutual Funds (01/15)
The Sierra Club is harnessing its name recognition and expertise on corporate environmental performance with its launching of an SRI equity mutual fund and an SRI balanced mutual fund.
NEC Pioneers "Green" Computer (01/02)
NEC reverses the computer industry's foot-dragging on addressing environmental liabilities by introducing the PowerMate eco, the first eco-efficient computer.
Humans' Overuse of Earth's Resources Exceeds Sustainability by 20 Percent (12/11)
A new report on the ecological footprints of 146 nations documents unsustainable consumption, a phenomenon that, unchecked, will deplete the world's natural resources.
WRI Promotes Sustainable Business in China (10/22)
The World Resources Institute has launched a project that will support green business initiatives in China.
Teamsters Union Joins Boycott of World Bank Bonds (10/21)
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters joins six other international unions in refusing to invest in World Bank bonds.
UNEP Advises Financial Sector on Threats and Opportunities Related to Climate Change (10/17)
A recent United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative report outlines the financial sector's risks and opportunities regarding climate change.
Hazardous Waste as Fuel: Conservation or Corporate Irresponsibility? (09/11)
The cement industry calls the use of hazardous waste to fuel cement kilns recycling while critics of the practice call it dangerous.
Rio + 10 Series: The Johannesburg Summit Differs from Its Predecessor (08/30)
Five days into the World Summit on Sustainable Development, participants remark how the conference is different than the 1992 Rio Earth Summit.
Rio + 10 Series: The Rhetoric of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (08/23)
Sustainable development's amorphous definition may prove a difficult hurdle to gaining consensus on concrete action plans at the Johannesburg Summit.
New Tool Quantifies Corporate Environmental Performance (08/20)
London-based TruCost launched a single-framework rating tool that allows for a quantitative comparison of companies' environmental performance.
Rio + 10 Series: Business Action Addressing Biodiversity is a Rare Species (08/09)
The Center for Environmental Leadership in Business’ Energy and Biodiversity Initiative represents one of very few business actions that support biodiversity conservation.
Rio + 10 Series: The Sustainability of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (08/02)
Organizers are working to reduce the environmental impacts of the Johannesburg Summit.
Oil and Gas Company Environmental Risk Should Concern Investors (07/25)
Innovest and the World Resources Institute released reports this week that illustrate how environmental risk can affect the shareowner value of oil and gas companies.
Rio + 10 Series: Two UNEP Reports Chart Past, Present, and Future Course of Sustainable Development (07/13)
Assessments of the progress since the Rio Summit guide the blueprints for the Johannesburg Summit.
Cement Companies Churn Out Action Plan to Promote Sustainable Development (07/10)
The Cement Sustainability Initiative, a consortium of ten global cement companies, recently released a report outlining specific steps to achieve sustainable development.
Rio + 10 Series: Progress and Regress--Energy Sectors Report on Their Efforts Toward Sustainability (07/05)
Three industry sectors that supply energy--oil and gas, coal, and electricity--reported on their improvements and shortcomings in sustainable development since the Rio Summit.
Rio + 10 Series: How the Private Sector Can Help Solve Global Water Problems (06/21)
Solving the world's water problems may depend on properly regulated water privatization and corporate initiatives that introduce new technologies and reduce water consumption.
Rio + 10 Series: A Brief History of the Earth Summits--From Rio to Johannesburg (06/14)
SocialFunds.com presents a historical snapshot of the Rio Summit and surveys some significant developments leading up to the Johannesburg Summit. (the second in a series of articles leading up to the Johannesburg Summit)
Aquatic Cellulose Uses Robotic Technology to Harvest Trees Underwater (06/13)
Canadian company offers an environment-friendly alternative to traditional forestry and a socially responsible alternative to other forms of underwater tree harvesting.
Rio + 10 Series: A Brief History of the Earth Summits--From Stockholm to Rio (06/07)
SocialFunds.com examines the significant events, theories, and people that contributed to the first two global summits on human interaction with the environment. (the first in a series of articles leading up to the Johannesburg Summit.)
Occidental Pipeline in Colombia Strikes It Rich in Washington (05/10)
The Bush Administration has proposed $98 million in military aid to protect Occidental's Cano-Limon pipeline in Colombia, despite its environmental and economic liabilities. (part two of a two-part article)
Occidental Returns Siriri Oil Block to Colombia (05/09)
Los Angeles-based Occidental Petroleum withdrew from an oil field belonging to the indigenous U'wa people, but the company will continue oil extraction in Colombia. (part one of a two-part article)
Mining Industry Reports on Its Problems, but Remains Vague on Solutions (05/08)
A new report identifies the global mining industry's social and environmental pitfalls, though its recommendations may prove hollow, according to an industry watchdog.
Mutual Fund Reports on Environmental and Social Returns (05/03)
Norway-based Storebrand reports on the environmental and social performance of companies in its international mutual fund.
WILD Awards Reward Socially and Environmentally Responsible Advertising (04/25)
The Third Annual WILD Awards recognized companies, ad agencies, and individuals that support wild animals and nature in their marketing.
Activists Lobby Shareowners to Stop Housing Development in Southern California (04/17)
A coalition group held a rally at Washington Mutual's annual meeting to raise concern about that company's planned housing development in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Companies Skirt Disclosure of Environmental Liabilities (04/08)
New study echoes social investors' call for the SEC to strengthen its rules regarding corporate disclosure of environmental liabilities.
Survey Holds Money Managers Accountable (04/02)
A recent AFL-CIO survey may prod money managers to examine their proxy voting on labor issues, but some in the social investment community note that the interests of organized labor and social investors sometimes diverge.
Mining and Minerals Sector Trying to Clean Up Its Act (02/22)
Large international mining companies, in an effort to improve their image with investors, are working on a project to define how the industry can best contribute to global sustainable development.
Verdict Still Out on Costa Rica Offshore Drilling (02/20)
Although American companies Harken Energy and MKL-Xplorations purchased the rights to drill for oil off the coast of Costa Rica in 1998, drilling has not started as local organizations voice concerns.
Book Review: Eco-Economy (02/15)
Pioneering environmentalist Lester R. Brown fuses ecological consciousness into economics to create "eco-economy," an economic system that would preserve natural resources while continuing to generate wealth.
Global Energy Providers Score Well in Corporate Responsibility Ratings (12/06)
New study by German research firm Oekom identifies several trends developing worldwide in the power delivery sector.
GEMI Elevates Environmental Consciousness from the Bottom to the Top Line (12/03)
The Global Environmental Management Initiative releases a new report promoting environment-friendly methods of enhancing corporate performance.
Dutch Banks Act to Save Tropical Rainforest (11/19)
Three major Dutch banks have announced they will restrict loans for palm oil plantation development in Indonesia that results in tropical rainforest destruction.
Environmentalists Attempt to Dam Hydroelectric Project (11/17)
Canadian energy supplier Fortis, Inc. faces strong opposition from environmentalists over its proposed hydroelectric dam on the Macal River in Belize.
Businesses Convey Interest in Sustainable Mobility (11/05)
Report on the challenges of achieving long-term sustainable transportation offers multinational automotive and energy companies, as well as governments, food for thought.
EPA Program Recognizes Better Corporate Environmental Performance (11/02)
Performance Track motivates and rewards businesses that exceed EPA's environmental standards.
Political Contributions Bring Oil Drills Closer to ANWR (08/31)
U.S. PIRG finds unsurprising correlation between oil company political donations and House members that voted to allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Turning Waste Streams into Products (08/08)
The largest manufacturer of recycled plastic lumber in the U.S. is looking to position itself for a more profitable 2001.
Green Room and Board (08/06)
Fairmont Hotels and Resorts has created a valuable resource for hotels that want to lesson their environmental impact.
Where Good Returns May Flow (07/26)
California water investment partnership believes the water industry is a little-known spigot for solid returns.
Labor Standards Resolutions Garner Support in 2001 Proxy Season (07/11)
Ten international labor and human rights proposals that came to vote this year received 10 percent or more support from shareowners.
Shareowners Push Companies on Gene-engineered Food (06/27)
This proxy season, shareowner resolutions continue to ask manufacturers and retailers to disclose information about or phase out the sale of gene-engineered food products.
Placer Dome's Efforts at Sustainability: Sincere or Greenwash? (06/19)
Contentious issues surrounding its Porgera mine operations reveal the difficulty in assessing corporate social and environmental performance.
Placer Dome Mine Strikes Resentment in Papua New Guinea (06/18)
Inaction on improving the environmental performance of the Porgera mine is drawing criticism from within Papua New Guinea as well as Australia, Canada and the U.S.
Companies Using NAFTA to Undermine Legitimate Regulations (06/12)
New report explains how the U.S., Canadian and Mexican governments' ability to regulate in the public interest is being eroded by NAFTA's Chapter 11.
EarthShell Serves Environment-Friendly Food Packaging (06/06)
Container manufacturer beginning to see fruit of research and development with expanding in-market product tests.
Telecommunications Industry Calls for Sustainability (06/05)
Some of the world's largest information and communications technology companies form an alliance to promote sustainable development.
Study Finds More Than One in Four Polluters Seriously Violate Clean Water Act (05/31)
U.S. PIRG report says polluters keep polluting because the government is not doing its job.
Magazine Industry Is Wasting Forests (05/24)
New study finds magazines use almost no recycled paper and publishers have an incentive to overproduce wastefully.
Winslow Launches New Green Mutual Fund (05/16)
The Winslow Green Growth Fund will seek small- and mid-cap companies with superior environmental performance.
Coke Takes Small Step Toward Recycling; Pepsi Drags Its Heels (05/09)
At recent annual meetings, Coke announces recycling targets while Pepsi says it will talk.
SAM Sees Future Profits in Energy (04/25)
New European investment company will invest in companies with innovative technologies and services that realize more efficient and environment-friendly energy use.
Major UK Fund Manager to Require Environmental Reporting (04/19)
Institutional investors are increasingly seeing the need for environmental disclosure.
Environmental Groups Endorse Shareholder Resolutions (04/12)
Environmental advocates ask for support for pro-environmental resolutions at a wide range of companies.
Shopping for Responsibility (04/02)
Internet site is helping consumers base shopping decisions on values.
European Members Urged to Halt Oil Activity in Sudan (03/30)
U.K.-based charity calls for companies to suspend operations that are supporting an ongoing war.
Top Ten Wood Product Companies Could Help Make Global Sustainable Forestry a Reality (03/20)
A new World Wildlife Fund report states that the largest wood processors and buyers could tip the balance toward sustainable management of the world's forests.
New International Society Marries Technology and Ecology (02/23)
Representatives of AT&T and Motorola join researchers, policy makers and environmental advocates to launch the International Society of Industrial Ecology.
Shorebank Offers National Banking with Community Impact (05/24)
The oldest and largest community development bank in the U.S., Shorebank is uniquely positioned to be the bank of social investors.
Citizens Funds Makes Gains on Board Diversity (05/23)
Three shareholder resolutions meet with success, highlighting Citizens efforts to create fairer representation in corporate boardrooms.
New Alternatives Fund Invests in a Greener Future (01/26)
The first environmental mutual fund remains optimistic about the future economic opportunities of alternative energy.
Green Century Co-sponsors Resolution Against ARCO (01/05)
Environmental advocates re-file shareholder resolution calling on oil giant to cancel drilling plans in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
BP Amoco Leads the Industry into a Greener Future (12/23)
Several recent steps taken by BP Amoco to improve environmental performance have highlighted its leadership in the oil industry.