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SEI LIBRARY: Climate Change

Climate Change and Corporate Risk

U.S. Business Actions to Address Climate Change: Case Studies of Five Industry Sectors
Author(s):  The Sustainable Energy Institute and Numark Associates
This report on U.S. industry sector approaches to addressing greenhouse gas emissions first examines U.S. greenhouse gas policy on both the federal and state levels, before turning to the actions of selected industries in tackling climate change. Based on interviews with numerous individuals associated with selected companies, we examine the approaches that five different industry sectors (aluminum, chemicals, electric power, forestry and paper products, and pharmaceuticals) have taken toward climate change. A final section of conclusions discusses common trends or themes that exist among the industry sectors.
Published:  November 2004    Availability:  Full Report (pdf)
A Climate of Innovation: Northeast business action to reduce greenhouse gases
Author(s):  World Resources Institute
This report reviews corporate greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions management based on the experiences of nine large corporations from various economic sectors.
Published:  October 2004    Availability:  pdf (1.7 MB)
Investor Guide to Climate Risk
Author(s):  The Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES)
This guide from the Investor Network on Climate Risk advises investors on addressing the financial risks and investment opportunities posed by climate risk. The guide, commissioned by CERES from the Investor Responsibility Research Center, identifies action steps for plan sponsors and fund managers as well as the companies in which they invest.
Published:  July 2004    Availability:  pdf (190 KB)
Corporate Governance and Climate Change: Making the Connection
Author(s):  Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES)
This report, prepared by the Investor Responsibility Research Center, tries to understand how 20 of the world’s biggest corporate emitters of greenhouse gases are factoring climate change risks and opportunities into their governance practices. Among many new findings, this report identifies several problem areas, including:
  • Lack of disclosure in securities filings
  • Inadequate board reviews
  • Undeveloped strategies to address risks and opportunities, including insufficient action to reduce emissions This report features a checklist of 14 specific governance actions that companies can take to address climate change. and some specific recommendations for investors, corporate boards/CEOs, Congress and the SEC.
  • Published:  June 2003    Availability:  pdf (717 KB)
    Electric Power, Investors, and Climate Change: A Call to Action
    Author(s):  Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES)
    This report summarizes the results of a yearlong CERES Dialogue among experts from the electric power sector, investors, and environmentalists regarding the issue of global climate change. It presents several specific Dialogue recommendations for government and private sector actions that could create the right financial signals for electric companies to take positive action on climate change.
    Published:  June 2003    Availability:  pdf (555 KB)
    Climate Change and the Financial Services Industry
    Author(s):  UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEPFI)
    "This reprot summarises the main findings of a major two-phases study on the financial services sector and climate change.... [and] shows why climate change is relevant to the financial services industry and explains the need for long-term, market-based, frameworks to foster finance sector participation...."(From UNEPFI.org):
    Available for download:
  • Summary
  • Module 1
  • Module 2
  • Published:  n/a    Availability: 
    Summary (pdf)
    Module 1 (pdf)
    Module 2 (pdf)

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