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4 Earth Month Tips to Reduce Your Personal Environmental Impact

April 16, 2019

April is Earth Month, so it’s a great time to take stock of how you’re impacting…

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How Green Century Does Shareholder Advocacy – Strengthening RSPO Standards on Sustainability

March 21, 2019
Left: Dan Strechay, U.S. Representative, RSPO, Green Century Shareholder Advocate Jessye Waxman, and Wathshlah Naidu, senior manager – grievance, RSPO, at the RSPO conference, in November 2018, in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

In Malaysia, Green Century Shareholder Advocate Jessye Waxman attended the 15th Annual General Assembly of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the world’s largest third-party certifier for sustainable palm oil. It was an important meeting as the RSPO was poised to consider enhanced certification standards.

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How Green Century Does Shareholder Advocacy – Engaging Indonesian and Malaysian Palm Oil Producers

March 13, 2019
Green Century Shareholder Advocate Jessye Waxman engaging with stakeholders

Green Century has been working to end the needless deforestation caused by unsustainable palm oil production since 2012 – and we’ve had a lot of success. We’ve helped secure zero-deforestation commitments from key purchasers. Engaging producers directly about the expectations of international markets is another way to put pressure on producers to adopt No Deforestation, No Peat, and No Exploitation (NDPE) practices.

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Green Century Joins Fray to Defend Shareholder Rights Under Siege By Corporate Interests

February 20, 2019

For several years, a number of corporate front-groups have been attempting to make it appreciably more difficult for shareholders to engage with the publicly traded companies in which they’re invested. To stop this attack, Green Century recently sent a letter to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton.

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Is ESG Hot Air Contributing to Climate Change?

February 12, 2019
Elephant in Borneo tropical forest

It was only a matter of time. As more and more financial institutions claim to be green or responsible or sustainable, eventually someone was going to ask them to prove it.

Recently, eight U.S. senators did just that. The senators sent letters to the heads of eleven investment firms, asking how they managed the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks related to tropical deforestation.

Green Century applauds these senators for asking appropriate questions about firms’ deforestation-linked investments. It’s equally important that individual investors start asking tough questions, too.

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A Letter from Green Century President Leslie Samuelrich

January 30, 2019

We are only a few days into 2019, but we already have a front-runner for word of the year: volatility. I know volatility can be a bit unsettling for investors, so I wanted to offer some reassuring thoughts: Remember why you invest with Green Century. You invest to save for your future and to make an impact. The market may be unpredictable but the environmental impact of your Green Century investment remains steadfast.

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Aramark Commits to Protect Tropical Forests, After Green Century Engagement

January 23, 2019

Aramark* serves two billion meals a year in schools, hospitals, sports stadiums and more, so the environmental ramifications of Green Century’s recent engagement with the company will be substantial.

Following a meeting in Green Century’s office in Boston, Aramark agreed to develop and fully implement a no-deforestation commitment within six years. Consequently, Green Century withdrew the shareholder resolution it had filed with the company.

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We Hear You Loud and Clear: Verizon* Sends Strong Signal to Renewables Industry

January 18, 2019

After Green Century filed a shareholder resolution with the company in November, Verizon announced a new commitment to source 50% of its entire electricity usage from renewable energy sources by 2025, a significant increase for one of the country’s largest energy consumers.

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

December 13, 2018

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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