Investors with $6.3 trillion in assets call on companies to cut climate, deforestation-related risks in global soybean supply chains

As global demand for soybean products continues to increase, 57 investors with more than $6.3 trillion in assets under management are calling on companies to disclose and eliminate deforestation risks associated with meeting this demand in their soybean supply chains, with a view towards protecting the long-term value of their investments. “While we recognise the important role of agriculture and soybean production to economic development and the livelihoods of farmers, we are also concerned that the environmental and social issues associated with unsustainable soybean production could have a material impact…

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New Ceres report highlights what investors want and expect from companies on sustainability

A new report released by the sustainability nonprofit organization Ceres provides a deeper look into investors’ evolving expectations on how companies should communicate and tackle the challenges and opportunities presented by the world’s greatest sustainability challenges, including climate change, water scarcity and human rights risks. Change the Conversation: Redefining how Companies Engage Investors on Sustainability, provides insight on what investors want to know, how they want to see it and who they want to hear from, so that companies can provide the information that investors need to fully understand and…

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Ceres and World Wildlife Fund Announce Target and ADM Join the AgWater Challenge

Ceres and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) announce the addition of Target, a general merchandise retailer that serves guests at more than 1,800 stores, and Archer Daniels Midland Company, one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, to the AgWater Challenge. The two companies’ new water stewardship commitments were shared today at the Financial Times Water Summit in London. Ceres and WWF first launched the AgWater Challenge in 2016 to encourage better water stewardship among the world’s most influential food and beverage companies. Target and ADM join seven…

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New Ceres analysis reveals gap between what investors want and what companies disclose on sustainability

A new analysis of nearly 500 of the largest companies on the Forbes Global 2000 list finds that most companies are using comparable and industry-wide disclosure frameworks for reporting sustainability risks and opportunities.  However, the analysis finds that only a small percentage of companies  disclose the business relevance of these risks and opportunities, and only a handful provide third party assurance on these disclosures. The analysis, Disclose What Matters, released today by the sustainability nonprofit organization Ceres highlights the gap that must be bridged by companies in order for investors…

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Global Investors Call for Stronger Standard from Sustainable Palm Oil Certification Group

More than 90 institutional investors representing more than $6.7 trillion in assets under management called on the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to strengthen its draft standards for certifying the sustainable production of palm oil, a key ingredient found in nearly 50 percent of all packaged goods, from cosmetics to candy. In a letter sent earlier this month to the RSPO, investors voiced their concerns over the group’s relevance and effectiveness, and the current disconnect between leading corporate policy commitments and the RSPO’s Principles and Criteria Guidance. The investors…

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