Award-Winning Shareholder Advocacy
Even companies that lead in sustainability have room for improvement. Green Century works with dozens of companies every year across many sectors to adopt stronger environmental practices and policies throughout their supply chains.
Green Century makes measurable impact by directly engaging companies across the globe on the issues that matter most to our investors. Our in-depth approach goes well beyond voting proxies to include shareholder resolutions, dialogues and stakeholder collaborations, providing a way for our investors to leverage their investments to create a more sustainable economy and habitable planet.
Issue Focus Areas
Featured Campaign: Tropical Forest Protection
Green Century is working to curb climate change, prevent loss of habitat for endangered species, and mitigate potential financial risks for investors by ending tropical deforestation in supply chains across the globe.
Deforestation accounts for more than 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to endangered species’ habitat destruction, human rights violations, and water cycle disruptions. Agriculture is the leading driver of deforestation, accounting for about 70% of tropical deforestation.
To help curb climate change and mitigate risk, Green Century is working to reduce deforestation caused by the production of palm oil, soy, cattle, timber, and rubber in Asia, Latin America, and Africa.
In addition to other successes, our efforts helped secure a zero-deforestation commitment from Wilmar International,* the world’s largest palm oil trader, that will avoid 1.5 gigatons of carbon pollution between 2015 and 2020.
Green Century’s policy is to ensure that all of the Funds’ proxies are voted at all times in the best interest of the Funds and its shareholders. When considering shareholder resolutions, Green Century believes that environmentally destructive practices are not just bad for society and the environment, but they also create significant risk for businesses. Learn more.
Impact Through Non-Profit Ownership
More than 25 years ago, a group of non-profit environmental leaders founded Green Century Capital Management to help people save for their future without compromising their values. That means that every dollar Green Century Capital Management earns managing the Green Century Funds supports the work of environmental non-profit advocacy organizations.
Currently, our non-profit owners are working toward ending the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms, banning fracking, and securing carbon pollution regulations. To date, these organizations have achieved incredible success, including:
- Helping support a proposition that upheld a statewide ban on plastic bags in California
- Gaining permanent protection of natural and archaeological wonders by creating three national monuments in California, Nevada and Texas
- Securing protection for thousands of rivers and drinking supply sources across the country
- Expanding solar energy through the Million Solar Roofs Initiative in California, influencing Massachusetts’ policy to power 50,000 homes with solar energy and securing pro-solar policies in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Minnesota, New Jersey and North Carolina
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*As of December 31, 2018, no securities mentioned were 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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