Sysco shareholders call for less plastic packaging

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BOSTON, November 18, 2022 – A notable 92% of Sysco shareholders voted Friday in favor of a Green Century° shareholder proposal urging the company to issue a report to determine if and how the company can increase the scale, pace and rigor of its sustainability efforts by reducing plastic packaging.

“It’s clear that plastic packaging pollution is a rising concern among shareholders and consumers alike,” said Leslie Samuelrich, president of Green Century. “We urge Sysco to take shareholders’ concerns to heart and accelerate its plastic reduction efforts.”

The United States’ plastic recycling rate clocked in at a dismal 5%-6% in 2021, and studies show that corporations need to reduce their total use of plastic by one-third by 2040 to bring the plastic pollution problem under control. Some companies are starting to cut plastic voluntarily from their packaging, and those that aren’t may soon have to, legally. Both Colorado and California passed “Extended Producer Responsibility” laws this year that require companies to take responsibility for their waste, and the issue is gaining traction in other state houses across the country.

Many companies have adopted policies to reduce their plastic packaging

As a response, in part, to this changing regulatory landscape, many companies have begun to adopt policies to reduce their plastic packaging. For example, Walmart and Target have committed to reducing new plastic use in their owned brand packaging by 15% and 20% respectively by 2025, and Unilever will cut in half its new plastic packaging use and reduce its plastic consumption by 100,000 tons by 2025.

“Companies know they need to use less plastic and many are starting to act,” said Annie Sanders, Green Century’s director of shareholder advocacy. “It’s time for Sysco to develop a plastic reduction strategy to mitigate the regulatory and competitive risks of its plastic packaging problem.”




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°Green Century Capital Management, Inc. (Green Century) is the investment advisor to the Green Century Funds (The Funds). The Green Century Funds are a family of fossil fuel-free, environmentally responsible mutual funds. Green Century Capital Management 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 September 30, 2022, Sysco comprised 0.00%, 0.00%, and 0.66% 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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