Sustainability Indicator: 40% of Proxies Go Green

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Today's sustainability indicator, 40 percent, is the proportion of shareholder resolutions last year that pertained to environmental and social concerns. That's up from 30 percent during the prior proxy season.  

Recent indicators: 

  • 11%: global decline in clean energy investment last year amid declining subsidies.
  • 32%: decline in U.S. clean-energy investments last year amid declining subsidies. 
  • 20%: rise in Chinese clean-energy investments during the same period. 
  • 2.2 cents per kilowatt hour: wind-energy tax credit quietly extended in the fiscal-cliff deal. 
  • 59 percent: decline in wind installations last year amid uncertainty about the extension. 
  • 17: health ranking of the U.S. among 17 wealthy countries in a study of health outcomes. 
  • $2.7 trillion: U.S. annual spending on healthcare -- more than any other nation.
  • 55.3 degrees Fahrenheit: average temperature for contiguous U.S. in 2012, a record.
  • 511,000 ounces: estimated 2013 shortfall in palladium amid record carmaker demand. 
  • 83 percent: energy consumed in the U.S. last year that was produced domestically.
  • 74 percent: energy independence in 2008. 
  • 48 million: Americans who get sick each year from contaminated foods.
  • 0.4 percent: food importers checked annually by FDA inspectors. 
  • 1 in 3: global proportion of women ages 20 to 24 who were married while still children.
  • 43%: women in India who marry before their 18th birthday.  
  • 74%: Americans who acknowledge "global warming is affecting weather" in the U.S.
  • 5.8 percent: U.S. electricity needs met by non-hydro renewable energy. 
  • 3.1 percent: electricity produced by non-hydro renewables in 2008.
  • 211: current measure of the UN's World Food Price Index.
  • 210: the price threshold associated with a sharp rise in social unrest and food riots.
  • 50 percent: world transport fuels replaceable by converting 17.5% of farm waste to biofuel.
  • 1.32 million square miles: Current Arctic sea ice, the least in 33 years of satellite records.
  • 18 percent: decrease from the previous record-low Arctic ice, recorded in 2007.
  • 330: consecutive months that global temperatures topped the 20th century average.
  • 626 million: people in India who still defecate in the open, contributing to superbugs.
  • 251 million: people who gained improved sanitation in the country from 1990 to 2010.
  • 67%: return from a portfolio based on the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index since 2006.
  • 31%: return of the Leadership Index's Global 500 peers during the same period.
  • 1,079: jobs created by the average U.S. wind farm.
  • 75,000: total workers currently employed by U.S. wind power industry.
  • 78%: polled investors who recognize that climate change is a threat to the environment.
  • "Not much": anticipated impact on profits from reducing pollution, said half of respondents.
  • 75%: world's surface that had unusually hot summers each year over the last decade.
  • 33%: world's surface with hot summers in the baseline years from 1951 to 1980.
  • 59%: proportion of emissions-reductions efforts that pay for themselves in 3 years.
  • $10 billion: annual savings on U.S. electric bills from new lightbulb standards.
  • 30: large power plants it takes to produce electricity equivalent to the lightbulb savings.
  • $71 billion: investment by oil industry in low-emission biofuels in the last decade.
  • $43 billion: investment by U.S. government over the same duration.

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