Sustainability Indicator: 40% of Proxies Go Green

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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