Green Century Capital Management Withdraws Tyson Foods* Shareholder Proposal Urging Progress on Plant-Based Proteins
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Move Follows Meat Giant’s Investment in Vegan Food Company
BOSTON, October 21, 2016 – Today, Green Century Capital Management (Green Century) withdrew a shareholder proposal previously filed with Tyson Foods, the largest U.S. meat producer, following the company’s announcement that it has invested substantially in the popular plant-based protein producer, Beyond Meat.*
Green Century’s proposal, filed almost two months ago, had called on the company to disclose risks associated with the growing demand for plant-based protein, stemming from consumers’ concern about animal welfare, the environment and public health.
“More people than ever are looking to eat sustainable, plant-based foods that align with their values, and Tyson is right to capitalize on this demand,” said Leslie Samuelrich, President of Green Century Capital Management. “We are pleased to see that the company is responsive to investor concern on this issue and becoming an early mover in the industry to create a more sustainable food system.”
As reported by the New York Times and others, Tyson Foods has taken a five percent stake in Beyond Meat, which produces entirely plant-based “poultry” and “beef” products, matching the taste and texture of these animal-based proteins from plant sources instead.
Plant-based foods are widely known to be more eco-friendly than their animal-based counterparts because they are more efficient to produce—requiring less land, water, fuel and other resources to grow. In recent years, consumers have gravitated more toward these foods, with China having recently announced plans to cut meat consumption in half, major fast food chains now offering plant-based meals, and other companies like Unilever,* Kraft,* ConAgra* and General Mills* purchasing and building plant-based brands.
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About Green Century Capital Management
Green Century Capital Management is the investment advisor to the Green Century Funds and offers three environmentally and socially responsible funds, the Green Century MSCI International Index Fund, the Green Century Equity Fund, and the Green Century Balanced Fund. Green Century works to curb climate change through fossil fuel free investing, reinvestment in sustainable companies, and advocating with companies to improve their environmental policies and supply chains.
*As of September 30, 2016, the holdings of the Green Century International Index Fund are valued at cost. As of the same date, Unilever comprised 0.00%, 0.93%, and 4.36%; The Kraft Heinz Company comprised 0.69%, 0.00%, and 0.00%; and General Mills, Inc. comprised 0.48%, 0.01%, and 0.00% of the Green Century Equity Fund, Green Century Balanced Fund, and Green Century International Index Fund, respectively. Other securities mentioned were not held in the portfolios of the Green Century Funds as of September 30, 2016. 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 their distributor.
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