Company Spotlight: Apple, Inc.*
Apple Inc., a holding in the Green Century Balanced Fund, has repeatedly been named the most environmentally friendly tech company in the world, and for good reason.
Apple has pledged to become carbon neutral across its entire supply chain by 2030. This means that within the next decade, every Apple device sold will have a net zero climate impact.
A core component of Apple’s pledge is its commitment to transition its supply chain to 100% renewable energy by 2030. The company’s global offices, stores, and retail centers have been powered by renewable energy since 2018.
To achieve this wildly ambitious plan, Apple plans to develop tools and guides, connecting suppliers to renewable energy projects, and advocate for strong clean energy policy in supplier countries.
Apple also will design low-carbon products, increase recycling, improve energy efficiency, and invest in carbon removal. These carbon removal plans do not rely solely on carbon capture technologies that are not yet available. The company plans to remove carbon through investing in nature-based solutions. It has partnered with Conservation International to restore valuable carbon-sequestering ecosystems like wetlands, forests, and grasslands.
Additionally, Apple is reducing its reliance on mined minerals through increased recycling. Its disassembly robot Daisy has helped recover material from millions of old phones. Apple hopes to one day eliminate the need to mine for new minerals.
Apple is the third most profitable company in the world, with $55.2 billion in profits so far in 2020. With its stock up 49.5% in the past year alone, Apple now has a market capitalization of $2 trillion.
Green Century° believes that companies that protect the environment may be more profitable in the long run. The Green Century Balanced Fund, which now offers an institutional share class invests in the stocks of companies working toward sustainable solutions. Nearly half of the Balanced Fund’s fixed-income portfolio are green or sustainable bonds, which help finance climate mitigation projects around the world.1
°Green Century Capital Management, Inc. (Green Century) is the investment advisor to the Green Century Funds (the Funds).
1As of September 30, 2020, green and sustainable bonds comprised 47.41% of total bonds held in the Green Century Balanced Fund.
*As of September 30, 2020, Apple, Inc. comprised 5.25%, 0.00%, 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 by the Funds, their administrator, or the distributor.
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