Press Release Contact: Katherine Kroll, Green Century Capital Management
[email protected], 617-482-0800
BOSTON, July 12, 2017 – Today, Green Century Capital Management (Green Century) announced that it has successfully withdrawn its shareholder proposal from Target Corporation after the company agreed to address and limit deforestation resulting from its sourcing of forest commodities throughout its supply chain.
In 2016, Target scored 2 out of 5 on the Forest 500 company scorecard developed by the first rainforest rating agency that identifies and ranks the most influential companies, financial institutions, and governments in the race towards a deforestation-free global economy. Although the company had begun to address deforestation in its palm oil and packaging supply chains, inadequacies of reporting on progress and the lack of a more comprehensive deforestation policy targeting additional at-risk forest commodities prompted Green Century to file its proposal.
“Deforestation can lead to regulatory risks and hinder a company’s social license to operate, which might threaten access to raw materials, production, and overall brand equity,” Katherine Kroll, Shareholder Advocate at Green Century Capital Management said. “We’re encouraged by Target’s efforts to limit its environmental footprint and potentially protect investors over the long-term,” Kroll added.
Deforestation accounts for more than 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to habitat destruction of endangered species, increased human rights violations, and water cycle disruption. Demand from commercial agriculture is the leading driver of deforestation and accounted for over 70% of tropical deforestation between 2000 and 2012.
According to public statements and the company’s 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report released on July 12, Target will prioritize decreasing deforestation caused by the cultivation and production of commodities in its supply chain – specifically palm oil, wood, paper, beef, and soy. Target will also work with leading non-governmental organizations to gain insight about best practices on a wide variety of environmental and sustainability topics, as well as provide detailed reporting on the environmental impacts stemming from its palm oil supply chain.
To learn more about Green Century’s sustainable investment strategy, advocacy efforts, and how you can make an impact with the power of your investments, please visit our website or call 1-800-934-7336.
About Green Century Capital Management: Green Century offers three environmentally and socially responsible mutual funds. Through fossil fuel free investing and our three-pronged approach of sustainable investing, active shareholder advocacy, and support of environmental and public health non-profits, we work to curb climate change, improve environmental policies, and limit environmental impacts of company supply chains
*As of March 31, 2017, Target Corporation comprised 0.55%, 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 their distributor.
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