As global population and the demand for protein grows over the coming decades, sustainable solutions are going to be increasingly necessary to manage risks surrounding climate change and food security. The environmental and social risks connected with industrial meat production are glaring: immense greenhouse gas emissions, excessive resource use, deforestation, and poor animal welfare all provide incentive to explore alternative means of reaching global protein needs.
For investors concerned with the long term impact of their investments, there is growing awareness about the need for protein diversification strategies to mitigate risk and reduce negative impact.
A new report released today by The Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return (FAIRR) Initiative, Plant-Based Profits: Investment Risks & Opportunities in Sustainable Food Systems, examines the market opportunity, innovation potential, and ESG (environmental, social and governance) impacts of protein diversification. FAIRR, with involvement from investors including Green Century, has undertaken engagements with major corporations to make the case for a more sustainable food system.
Green Century filed the first shareholder proposal on plant-based protein with Tyson,* the world’s second largest meat processor, in 2016. Following our engagement, the company announced a significant investment in the popular plant-based protein producer, Beyond Meat.*
Following our shareholder proposal with Tyson, Green Century has been engaging a number of companies on the investment risks and opportunities of plant-based protein, and plans to continue expanding our work as the leading U.S. investor in this space.
Along with FAIRR, we strive for a diet that takes a bigger bite from the growing plant-based protein market.
*As of December 31, 2017, no securities mentioned were held in the portfolios of the Green Century Funds. References to specific securities, which will change due to ongoing management of the Funds, should not be construed as a recommendation by the Funds, their administrator, or their distributor.
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