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Climate Transition Plans Help Companies Cut Carbon Footprint

If you thought the weather was a little warm last year, it wasn’t your imagination. In fact, 2023 was the hottest year on record. For decades, scientists have predicted weather extremes including heat waves, and they point to the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere as the culprit. To head off catastrophic warming, the…

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Green Century’s Top Highlights from 2023

We have had a terrific 2023 and have made great strides in helping protect our planet and in making the world a better place through our robust shareholder advocacy, nonprofit ownership, and environmentally responsible funds. Here are some highlights. Renewable energy plans for top chipmakers Silicon chips are found everywhere these days — in computers,…

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Five-Year Anniversary of Tobacco-Free Finance Pledge

The Green Century Funds and others, including Chelsea Clinton and Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, will celebrate the five-year anniversary of the Tobacco Free Finance Pledge at a United Nations event in mid-September.  The Funds joined other financial firms on May 31 by renewing its commitment to the Tobacco-Free Finance Pledge…

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Should we embrace nuclear energy to solve the climate crisis?

Even though I knew for months that an ESG firm was thinking about removing its exclusion on nuclear power producers, I was taken aback when I read their press release. Why would they revert their position and turn to nuclear when investing in renewable energy has grown so dramatically?  In reading their statement, I didn’t…

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What is Sustainable Investing & What is its Impact?

While there is no regulated term for sustainable investing and may mean and be defined differently from firm to firm, there is growing public and regulatory pressure to provide clear descriptions so that individuals can decide for themselves if the offered investments meet their criteria.   How to Invest Sustainably  Green Century believes that to invest…

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Elliott Hyman: A Day in the Life of a Green Century Shareholder Advocacy Intern

Working as a shareholder advocacy intern at Green Century° has given me valuable hands-on experience. I’ve done everything from meeting with executives from companies worth trillions of dollars to networking with environmental activists measuring pollution from waste at America’s beaches. I was drawn to this internship initially because I hoped to gain greater experience in…

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Annie Sanders: Why We Work on Certain Issues & Our Priorities for FY24

Green Century Funds° helps investors make an impact for the planet through a sustainable investing strategy, partners with its investment advisor in an award-winning shareholder advocacy program, and a unique ownership model that sends 100% of our net profits to support the environmental campaign work of our nonprofit owners. One question we often get is,…

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Douglass Guernsey – Behind the Scenes of a Shareholder Advocate

As a shareholder advocate at Green Century°, I try to influence the world’s top companies to make better environmental decisions by meeting directly with corporate leaders.  Much of this work happens on the computer or over the phone, but there is nothing like meeting in person – partially because you never know what to expect. …

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Andrea Ranger: That’s right. The CEO just called me.

Life as a shareholder advocate can be unpredictable – some of my work has a consistent flow, but I certainly wasn’t expecting an impromptu call from a CEO. Green Century° shareholder advocates often use the stakes in different companies on behalf of Green Century Funds, as a way of influencing management decisions on deforestation, carbon…

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We Just Experienced the Hottest Week Ever Recorded in History…

The first week of July, 2023 was the hottest week on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). This is following the hottest June on record.  The WMO released a statement on Monday about monitoring potential new record temperature from massive heat waves across the U.S. and spanning several continents. “We are in uncharted…

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