Douglass Guernsey, Shareholder Advocate, firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-482-0800
Pam Podger, Communications Director, email@example.com, 802-299-9495
Boston, June 16, 2023 – Builders FirstSource, the country’s largest building product supplier to the professional market, released the vote result from its annual meeting of shareholders on Tuesday. Green Century° received a notable 21% of the vote in favor of its shareholder proposal, which asks the company to adopt science-based greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. The proposal additionally asks the company to set goals for sourcing more renewable energy, increasing energy efficiency in its operations, and procuring zero-emission vehicles.
To implement science-based targets, the company would have to reduce its direct, operational emissions and its indirect emissions including from timber harvested for the lumber it sells. Over 5000 companies, including competitors Lowe’s and Home Depot, have committed to working with the Science Based Targets initiative, and nearly 60% of all Fortune 500 companies have set some kind of climate change reduction target.
In response to the vote, Green Century Funds President, Leslie Samuelrich said:
“Last year, we filed a nearly identical proposal at Builders asking for reduction targets which received a resounding ‘yes’ vote from investors – but Builders took almost no action. The company relies heavily on timber, which comes from forests that are significantly threatened by climate change. We believe management needs to start taking this risk seriously by measuring, disclosing, and setting reduction targets for its Scope 3 supply chain emissions.”
Green Century Engaged with Builders FirstSource to Set First Emissions Reduction Targets
Douglass Guernsey, shareholder advocate at Green Century added:
“At the 11th hour, Builders disclosed its Scope 1 and 2 emissions, which cover the direct emissions from its operations, and stated it will set emissions reduction targets for both these categories in 2025. While we appreciate that Builders is now taking action on a part of Green Century’s 2022 proposal, the company has not yet measured, disclosed, or set targets for its Scope 3, or supply chain emissions, leaving investors in the dark for what comprises, on average, 75% of companies’ climate emissions.”
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About Green Century Funds
°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 March 31, 2023, Builders FirstSource, Inc. comprised 0.00%, 0.07%, and 0.00%, Lowes Companies, Inc. comprised 0.00%, 0.66%, and 0.00%, and Home Depot, Inc. comprised 0.88%, 1.67%, 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.
The percentage in favor was calculated by (i) dividing the number of votes in support of the proposal by (ii) the sum of the number of votes voted in support of and against the proposal. Abstentions and broker non-votes were not included in the calculation.
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