Hasbro to Disclose All Plastic Packaging Use

Contact Information:

Pam Podger, Communications Director, ppodger@greencentury.com, 802-299-9495

Douglass Guernsey, Shareholder Advocate, dguernsey@greencentury.com, 617-747-4447

(Boston, MA) Hasbro*, one of the largest toy companies in the world, has agreed to full disclosure of its plastic packaging use in 2024 after reaching an agreement with Green Century°, an environmentally responsible mutual fund.

The toy industry is by far the most plastic intensive consumer goods industry in the world.  Revealing plastic use, or disclosure, is a critical first step in reducing plastic pollution, which has nearly quadrupled in the past 20 years, and reducing material risks.

“With this commitment, Hasbro provides the transparency that investors want and need” said Leslie Samuelrich, President of Green Century Funds. “Once Hasbro compiles its data, we encourage the company to use it to make stronger commitments to reduce its non-essential single-use plastic.”

Transparency is a first step towards sustainability

Plastic waste has passed the crisis stage. Plastic production has grown explosively in the past 60 years, with estimates predicting we will produce nearly 1480 million tons of plastic by 2050.

Of this, only 9% is likely to be recycled. In fact, plastic is more likely to be burned than recycled, with disastrous consequences for children living near incineration facilities. All other plastic results in waste that doesn’t degrade but breaks down into smaller pieces called microplastics which pollute our oceans, soil, atmosphere and even our bloodstream.

Green Century has been engaging companies about their plastic use and waste for three years and has secured more than a dozen agreements with companies including Disney,* Costco,* and Mattel*.

“Ultimately, disclosure is about accountability and empowering consumers, managers and investors to make better decisions,” said Douglass Guernsey, shareholder advocate with Green Century. “By improving transparency of its plastic use, Hasbro is positioning itself to be a more sustainable company.”

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About Green Century

°Green Century Capital Management, Inc. (Green Century) is the investment advisor to the Green Century Funds (The Funds). The Green Century Funds are one of the first families of fossil fuel-free, environmentally responsible mutual funds. Green Century hosts an award-winning and in-house shareholder advocacy program and is the only mutual fund company in the U.S. wholly owned by environmental and public health nonprofit organizations.

*As of 12.31.2023, Hasbro Inc. comprised 0.00%, 0.03%, and 0.00%; The Walt Disney Company comprised 0.00%, 0.79%, and 0.00%; Costco Wholesale Corporation comprised 1.59%, 0.00%, and 0.00%; and Mattel Inc. comprised 0.00%, 0.03%, and 0.00% of the Green Century Balanced Fund, the Green Century Equity Fund, and the Green Century International Index Fund, respectively. As of the same date, other securities mentioned were not held in the portfolios of any of the Green Century Funds. 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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