Green Century Proxy Voting Policies and Record

Publicly traded companies are required to hold meetings once a year for their shareholders. At these meetings, shareholders are asked to vote on certain key items that require shareholder approval, such as the election of directors to a company’s board. These votes are known as proxy votes because most shareholders do not attend the meetings in person.

Green Century Capital Management believes that proxy voting is an important duty of all mutual funds and investment managers. However, all too often investment managers and traditional mutual funds fail to vote responsibly or even vote at all. We are pleased that mutual funds are now required by the Securities and Exchange Commission to disclose information on their proxy voting. Now investors can decide for themselves if their mutual fund managers are adequately representing their interests.

Green Century 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 about the environment and public health, Green Century believes that environmentally destructive practices are not just bad for society and the environment, but they also create significant risk for businesses.  To learn more about our policies, please click on the link to the right.

Additional links on the right provide information on the Balanced Fund’s and the Equity Fund’s specific proxy votes for the most recent one-year period ended June 30th. The Green Century International Index Fund commenced operations on September 30, 2016; its proxy voting record for the year ending June 30, 2017 will be available as of the end of August 2017.

Shareholders also can propose items for consideration and this process is called filing a shareholder resolution.  Every year, Green Century files shareholder resolutions to ask companies to implement specific policies and actions around environmental, public health, corporate governance and/or other critical issues.  Please see our Investing with an Impact section to learn more about our effective shareholder advocacy program.