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2017 Shareholder Engagements

Even corporate sustainability leaders have room for improvement, which is why Green Century works with dozens of companies every year to adopt stronger environmental practices and policies throughout their supply chains.

In 2017, we worked with 41 companies to address policies to curb climate change, protect human health and conserve natural resources.

In addition to direct engagement with companies, Green Century helps drive change through our leadership with organizations advancing responsible investing.

President Leslie Samuelrich serves on the Board of Directors for US SIF, the membership association for professionals, firms, institutions and organizations engaged in sustainable, responsible, and impact investing, as well as the Advisory Board of the Intentional Endowments Network. Shareholder advocate Marissa Lafave serves on the UN PRI (United Nations Principles on Responsible Investing) advisory board for its working group on palm oil.

Finally, Green Century was founded and is owned by a network of environmental and public-health nonprofit organizations working to make an impact at the state, local and federal levels.

Topic Company Status
Preserve tropical forestsTarget Corporation*Filing withdrawn, policy secured
Preserve tropical forestsKroger Corporation23% support for proposal at company meeting
Preserve tropical forestsConagra Brands*Filing withdrawn, action taken
Keep antibiotics effectiveDarden Restaurants, Inc.*14% support for proposal at company meeting
Keep antibiotics effectiveJack in the Box, Inc.*Filing withdrawn, policy secured
Keep antibiotics effectiveStarbucks Corporation*Filing withdrawn, policy secured
Promote plant-based proteinTyson Foods, Inc.*Filing withdrawn, action taken
Protect pollinators and food supplyDr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc.*13% support for proposal at company meeting
Protect pollinators and food supplyDr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc.*Filing withdrawn, action taken
Reduce food wasteCostco Wholesale Corporation*Filing withdrawn, agreement secured
Reduce food wasteWhole Foods Market, Inc.*[1]30% support for proposal at company meeting
Promote renewable energyVerizon Communications, Inc.*15% support for proposal at company meeting
Topic Engagements
Preserve tropical forests: cross-commodity20
Keep antibiotics effective3
Promote plant-based protein2
Protect pollinators and our food supply2
Protect oceans3
Reduce food waste3
Conserve water4
Promote renewable energy4

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[1] Whole Foods Market (previous ticker: WFM) is no longer publicly traded as it was purchased by, Inc., and is therefore no longer held by the Funds.

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