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Boston, July 7, 2021 – Following an engagement with Green Century Capital Management,° Ulta Beauty, Inc. has agreed to assess its sustainable packaging efforts with an eye toward reducing plastic waste. Ulta Beauty is a retail chain that sells cosmetic, skincare and hair care products. It also offers a variety of salon services. Green Century had filed a shareholder proposal with the company, which it has since withdrawn.
As part of a withdrawal agreement with Green Century, Ulta Beauty has agreed to disclose what actions it’s taken to meet its Sustainable Packaging Goal in its next ESG report.
“There’s nothing beautiful about plastic pollution,” said Annalisa Tarizzo, shareholder advocate with Green Century. “We commend Ulta for the steps it’s taking to avert negative impacts from its packaging.”
Ulta has recently partnered with Loop by TerraCycle, a program that offers such everyday essentials as food and body care goods in reusable containers. Customers can order popular items from Ulta in reusable packaging and then, at the end of the product’s life, send the empty packaging container back to Loop to be cleaned and refilled, creating a closed loop system for packaging.
The beauty industry uses 120 billion packaging units every year, and many cosmetics containers cannot be recycled. With an estimated 15-51 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean, and 79% of consumers changing their purchases based on sustainability, companies are increasingly recognizing it is critical to address the risks posed by plastic packaging.
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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 the first family of fossil fuel free, responsible, and diversified mutual funds in the United States. 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 March 31, 2021, Ulta Beauty, Inc. comprised 0.00%, 0.09%, 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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