Balanced Fund Holdings
The Balanced Fund keeps your dollars out of fossil fuel companies and instead seeks to invest in sustainable companies and environmental innovators.
The Fund invests in companies based on its high environmental standards and includes investments in the Renewable and Energy Efficiency sector and green bonds that help finance efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change.
On this page you can find more information on a few of the companies and bonds held by the Balanced Fund. You can view a complete list of the Fund's holdings here.
First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaics (PV) solar energy solutions, with more than 17 GW installed in more than 35 countries, which is enough electricity to power more than 8 million average homes and displace nearly 12 million metric tons of CO2, the equivalent of three coal-fired power plants. It designs, manufactures, and sells photovoltaic (PV) solar modules and PV power plants that primarily use its solar modules. It was ranked 10th in Fortune’s 2016 “Change the World” list of companies taking on society’s biggest problems
Xylem is a leading global water technology company, offering innovative solutions that help enable sustainability throughout the life cycle of water. In 2018, it was named as one of the top 10 most sustainable companies in the U.S. by Barron’s and ranked 7th in FORTUNE’s "Change the World" list of companies making a significant social impact through their core business strategy. Xylem’s corporate citizenship program, Xylem Watermark, provides and protects safe water resources in communities around the world.
Starbucks* Sustainability Bond
Green and sustainable bonds, which finance climate mitigation projects around the world, currently constitute more than 50% of the fixed-income holdings in the Balanced Fund. One example is the pioneering Starbucks Sustainability Bond, which finances sustainable agriculture initiatives.
One program supports coffee farmers who commit to promote long term productivity by keeping soil healthy, conserving water, and growing shade trees to protect wildlife. The bond proceeds also may help advance Starbuck’s efforts to garner Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification at retail outlets.
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*As of December 31, 2018, First Solar, Inc., Xylem, Inc., and Starbucks Corporation comprised 0.55%, 0.00% and 0.00%; 0.60%, 0.12% and 0.00%; and 1.92%, 0.87% and 0.00% of the Green Century Balanced Fund, the Green Century Equity Fund, and the Green Century MSCI International Index Fund, respectively. References to specific securities, which will change due to ongoing management of the Funds, should not be construed as a recommendation of a security by the Funds, their administrator, or the distributor.
You should carefully consider the Funds' investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses before investing. To obtain a Prospectus that contains this and other information about the Funds, please click here for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-934-7336. Please read the Prospectus carefully before investing.
Stocks will fluctuate in response to factors that may affect a single company, industry, sector, country, region or the market as a whole and may perform worse than the market. Foreign securities are subject to additional risks such as currency fluctuations, regional economic and political conditions, differences in accounting methods, and other unique risks compared to investing in securities of U.S. issuers. Bonds are subject to risks including interest rate, credit, and inflation. A sustainable investment strategy which incorporates environmental, social and governance criteria may result in lower or higher returns than an investment strategy that does not include such criteria.
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