Green Century Withdraws Hain Celestial* Shareholder Proposal After Successful Engagement
Company agrees to greater transparency on pesticide use, water stewardship, and climate risks
Contact: Marissa LaFave, Green Century Capital Management, firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-482-0800
BOSTON, January 25, 2018 – The Green Century Equity Fund (Green Century) has withdrawn its shareholder proposal with Hain Celestial, owner of natural and organics brands including Terra chips, Alba Botanica skin care, and Earth’s Best baby food, after the company agreed to include disclosure on pesticide use, water stewardship, and climate risk mitigation practices in its next sustainability report.
Hain Celestial, known for its healthy and sustainable product portfolio, has long been a leader in corporate sustainability. In recent years, however, the company has lagged in its sustainability reporting, spurring Green Century’s engagement.
“Without proper disclosure, we can’t be sure that even the best companies are truly as sustainable as they are perceived,” said Marissa LaFave, Shareholder Advocate at Green Century. “This agreement ensures that the company will give its stakeholders the transparency they demand.”
Green Century’s agreement with Hain Celestial specifies concepts, details, and figures requested in the company’s next sustainability report, with a focus on quantifiable and tangible results and commitments.
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 Why Choose Green Century webpages or call 1-800-934-7336.
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 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 December 31, 2017, The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. comprised 0.00%, 0.04%, 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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