December 1, 2016
We are incredibly excited about the recently launched International Index Fund, which is the first responsible and diversified fossil fuel free international index fund. The Fund is yet another way we provide investors, like you, the opportunity to make a tangible impact through the power of their investments as we transition toward a more sustainable, low-carbon economy and world. It invests in both solutions-oriented companies, like those in the renewable energy sector, as well as familiar companies that meet outstanding environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria.
One of the more familiar companies held in the International Index Fund is Sony,* the Japanese electronics company. Sony is mostly known for its size and brand-name recognition, but what is less known is how environmentally conscious it is.
By 2050, Sony aims to have an environmental footprint of zero throughout the life cycle of its products and business activities. Yes, zero. And, it continues to show how it is on its way to meeting that goal. Absolute water consumption is down 54% from 2000 levels and greenhouse gas emissions are significantly down as well, 41% since 2000 levels. Equally impressive is the work the company is doing to address environmental and social issues within its supply chain. By conducting regular assessments at its own manufacturing facilities and those of its suppliers, Sony has eliminated conflict minerals in its supply chain, improved conditions for workers, and developed its own 99% recycled plastic to be used in its products, such as the camera in the photo.
If you are interested in learning more about investing in companies that are working toward a more just, fair, and sustainable economy and world, please call us at 1-800-934-7336 or click here to request more information.
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*As of September 30, 2016, the holdings of the Green Century MSCI International Index Fund are valued at cost. As of the same date, Sony Corporation comprised 1.30%, 0.00%, and 0.00% of the Green Century MSCI International Index Fund, the Green Century Balanced Fund, and the Green Century Equity Fund, respectively. Portfolio composition will change due to ongoing management of the Funds. References to specific securities should not be construed as a recommendation by the Funds, their administrator, or their distributor.
You should carefully consider the Funds’ investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses before investing. To obtain a Prospectus that contains this and other information about the Funds, please click here for more information, email email@example.com or call 1-800-93-GREEN. Please read the Prospectus carefully before investing.
Stocks will fluctuate in response to factors that may affect a single company, industry, sector, country, region or the market as a whole and may perform worse than the market. Foreign securities are subject to additional risks such as currency fluctuations, regional economic and political conditions, differences in accounting methods, and other unique risks compared to investing in securities of U.S. issuers. Bonds are subject to risks including interest rate, credit, and inflation. The Funds’ environmental criteria limit the investments available to the Funds compared to mutual funds that do not use environmental criteria.
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