Commentary

McDonald’s* Moo-ves on from Routine Antibiotic Use in Beef

McDonald’s made its meals happier this week by announcing the formal adoption of a policy to restrict medically important antibiotic use in its beef supply chain. McDonald’s will begin by monitoring antibiotic use in its top ten beef sourcing markets across the globe and use that data to set reduction targets for reducing on-farm medically important antibiotic use by the end of 2020.

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How Green Century Does Shareholder Advocacy – Financing Sustainable Palm Oil in Indonesia and Malaysia

Considerable strides have been made in palm oil sustainability in just the past six years. Since Green Century began pressing palm oil growers and traders to make zero-deforestation commitments in 2012, the percentage of refined palm oil covered by these commitments has ballooned from 5% to 74%.

Securing these commitments has been instrumental in the effort to combat climate change, preserve habitats for endangered species, and mitigate potential financial risks for investors.

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How Green Century Does Shareholder Advocacy – Tropical Forest Protection in Indonesia and Malaysia

I just returned from Indonesia and Malaysia, where I met with palm oil growers, processors, and traders, and with banks that finance the development of palm oil, to press them to end deforestation. As a shareholder advocate, my job is to engage with companies and pressure them to improve their environmental practices.

Green Century’s shareholder advocacy is unique. Our version of shareholder advocacy goes well beyond simply voting the proxies of the corporations in our Funds.

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Poultry Progress, But Where’s the Beef?

The rampant misuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture is creating drug-resistant bacteria that are harming public health and threatening modern medicine as we know it. Your favorite hamburger joint is probably serving beef that is contributing to the crisis. A report released this week, “Chain Reaction: How Top Restaurants Rate on Reducing Antibiotic Use in…

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Company Spotlight: Intuit*

As the first family of fossil fuel free, diversified and responsible mutual funds in the United States, Green Century has long supported the necessary transition to clean, renewable energy through its investments. While these investments can be straightforward – Vestas Wind Systems,* Tesla,* etc. – you may be surprised by some of the novel steps…

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What does it mean to invest fossil fuel free?

What does it mean to invest fossil fuel free? And how do you begin to divest? This post will attempt to clarify the definition of fossil fuel free investing, and to distinguish between fossil fuel free and low carbon strategies. What does it mean to invest fossil fuel free? For Green Century, and for many…

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A Week in Impact Investing

Phew! Global climate change was the focus of a whirlwind of events, from coast to coast, last week and Green Century participated in many of them. Here are a few of the highlights: On Monday… Governor Jerry Brown signed a law that puts California on a path to generate 100% of its electricity from renewable…

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Green Century Does Not Invest in Nuclear Energy or Weapons

As the first family of responsible and diversified fossil fuel free mutual funds in the United States, Green Century has loudly championed fossil fuel free investing for years. Less trumpeted is Green Century’s longtime commitment to nuclear free investing. Green Century’s robust nuclear-free commitment recently earned it recognition as a “Hall of Fame” financial institution…

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Building the Frameworks for Sustainable Palm Oil: the RSPO

As many of our readers know, Green Century has been working to halt deforestation in commodity supply chains for more than six years. We do this by directly engaging companies on the policies and practices necessary to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains and by leading other investors to do the same. We also go…

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