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Why Choose Green Century

Green Century offers a triple-green approach to seeking competitive returns so you can be confident you are investing in sustainable companies.

Founded by non-profit environmental advocacy groups, Green Century provides people who care about the environment a way to invest for their future. We analyze a company’s financial performance and rigorously screen companies for their environmental standards. We also use our clout as shareholders to advocate that companies improve their environmental policies and practices and help reduce shareholder risk.




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Invest Fossil Fuel Free

You care about the planet.

But, without realizing it, you may be supporting the very companies that are driving climate change. The fact is that most mutual funds invest in coal, oil and fracking companies.

Instead, you can invest in the Green Century Funds, the first family of responsible and diversified fossil fuel free mutual funds.

Green Century Equity Fund (passively managed stock customized index fund)

 

Green Century Balanced Fund (actively managed stock and bond fund)

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How You Make an Impact with Your Green Century Investments

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Extracting Fossil Fuels from Your Portfolio: An UPDATED Guide to Personal Divestment and Reinvestment

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What about Performance?

There are growing concerns about investing in coal, oil and gas including the volatility of oil prices, capital expenditures on high-cost projects such as off-shore and Arctic drilling, and the potential of devalued or stranded carbon reserve assets. Read our Top Four Reasons to Divest from Fossil Fuel Companies.

These concerns are just some of the reasons Green Century has a long-standing investment strategy of avoiding the worst polluting companies and instead investing in companies that are helping build a sustainable economy. Read one of these recent studies on performance by leading industry analysts:

Advisor Partners: Fossil Fuel Divestment: Perspectives After the Oil Bust

MSCI: Responding to the Call for Fossil Free Portfolios

Looking for Event Support?

Speakers. Green Century staff and partners frequently speak at national and city-based conferences, and faith-based workshops on sustainable investing, divestment, reinvestment and more. If you would like to host a speaker, please contact info@greencentury.com or call 1-800-93-GREEN.

Presentation support. Please contact info@greencentury.com or call 1-800-93-GREEN to be connected to an advisor relations staff member to get our fossil fuel divestment slide deck.

Green Century Capital Management is the only U.S. mutual fund company founded and owned by environmental non-profits. To learn how Green Century protects the environment and public health, please see our Impact Investing page.



Sustainable Investment Strategy

Green Century offers two mutual funds that invest in companies that are committed to a sustainable future, while avoiding those that are environmentally negligent in their policies, processes or products. Green Century believes that companies that are environmentally responsible could enjoy competitive advantages possibly including cost and liability reductions, quality improvements, profitability enhancements, and access to new and expanding growth markets. Green Century uses a set of negative and positive screens for each Fund so you can align your investments with your support of clean air, safe water and a stable climate.

View our screening policies below:

Green Century Equity Fund
Avoids Investing In
Fossil fuel companies – coal, oil and gas
Nuclear power companies
Military weapons/civilian firearm companies
Producers of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) for food and agriculture
Companies that derive more than 5% of revenues from tobacco, alcohol or gambling
Invests in Sustainable Companies
Universe of large-, mid-, and small-cap U.S. companies
Socially and environmentally responsible companies
Disclosure policies and performance on critical environmental impacts
Sustainable agriculture and organic and natural food supply companies
Apply sustainability criteria throughout their supply chain
Green Century Balanced Fund
Avoids Investing In
Fossil fuel companies – coal, oil and gas
Nuclear power companies
Military weapons/civilian firearm companies
Factory farming and producers of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) for food and agriculture
Tobacco companies
Invests in Sustainable Companies
Energy efficiency and renewables
Water treatment and conservation
Air pollution control and prevention
Environmentally sustainable companies
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Both of Green Century's Funds currently hold stock in Johnson Controls, Inc.* which helped the Empire State building reduce its energy use by 38% and is involved in over 500 renewable energy products.

Both of Green Century’s Funds invest in companies like Johnson Controls, Inc.* which helped the Empire State building reduce its energy use by 38% and is involved in over 500 renewable energy products.

The Luz Del Norte solar installation project is supported by a bond issued by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)* and held by the Fund

The Luz Del Norte solar installation project is supported by a bond issued by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)* and held by the Balanced Fund.

The Green Century Funds invest in companies that make products that reduce energy use and carbon pollution, like Tesla,* which is pushing the envelope on what is possible for electric vehicles and clean energy storage.

The Green Century Funds invest in companies that make products that reduce energy use and carbon pollution, like Tesla,* which is pushing the envelope on what is possible for electric vehicles and clean energy storage.

Questions?  1-800-93-GREEN |  info@greencentury.com

 

*As of June 30, 2016, Johnson Controls, Inc., Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and Tesla Motors, Inc. comprised 0.78% and 0.38%; 0.75% and 0.00%; and 0.00% and 0.28% of the Green Century Balanced Fund and the Green Century Equity Fund, respectively. 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.




Investing with an Impact

How You Make an Impact with Your Green Century Investments

MAKING AN IMPACT THROUGH NON-PROFIT OWNERSHIP

Green Century Capital Management (Green Century) is the only mutual fund company founded and owned by environmental advocacy organizations. That means that 100% of the net profits that Green Century earns on the management of the Green Century Funds belong to its non-profit owners, the Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs).

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These non-profits have:

  • Helped gain permanent protection for natural and archaeological wonders by creating three national monuments in California, Nevada, and Texas
  • Protected thousands of rivers and drinking supply sources across the country
  • Expanded solar energy through leading the Million Solar Roofs Initiative in California, convinced Massachusetts to power 50,000 homes with solar energy and secured pro-solar policies in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Minnesota, New Jersey, and North Carolina

Green Century is the only mutual fund company founded and owned by environmental non-profits, making it a pioneer in impact investing.

MAKING AN IMPACT BY MAKING COMPANIES MORE SUSTAINABLE

Green Century has successfully used its leverage as a shareholder to:

• Persuade Archer Daniels Midland (ADM),* Kellogg’s,* and Starbucks* to reduce carbon created by burning rainforests.
• Pressure Pepsi* to support sustainable agriculture and bee populations by reducing the use of high-risk neonicotinoid pesticides across its supply chains.
• Successfully pressure Avon* to eliminate the hormone-disrupting chemical triclosan from its cosmetics and personal care line.

Read more about our victories for forests, sustainable agriculture, public health, and more on our media mentions page.

MAKING AN IMPACT WITH OUR INVESTMENT STRATEGY

• Supports the fossil fuel divestment movement. As the first family of responsible and diversified fossil fuel free funds, Green Century is a proud supporter of the global divestment movement. Please visit www.greencentury.com/impact-guide to get our downloadable guide to personal divestment and more.
Invests in clean energy sources and sustainable companies. The Green Century Funds avoid dangerous polluting companies and seek to invest in those that contribute to a safer world and are managed sustainably.
Has a low carbon footprint. The Green Century Balanced Fund is nearly 50% less carbon intensive than the S&P 500®†.

Green Century offers investors the opportunity to use the power of their investments not only to seek financial gain, but to provide solutions for people and the planet. Through investing with the Green Century Funds, you support non-profits advocating for public health policies and the firm’s shareholder advocacy to improve the policies and programs of top U.S. companies.

RESOURCES TO DOWNLOAD:

How You Make an Impact With Your Green Century Investments

Green Century’s Forest Protection Campaign

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Reducing pesticide use reduces risks to pollinators. Photo credit: Thangaraj Kumaravel/flickr

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Green Century pressed ADM to adopt a zero deforestation policy. Green Century’s advocate Lucia von Reusner (center) met with VP of Sustainability Victoria Podesta (left) and current Board Chair Patricia Woertz (right) at ADM’s annual meeting.

Questions?  1-800-93-GREEN |  info@greencentury.com

 

Proxy Voting Policies and Records
See how the Green Century Funds voted on social, environmental and governance issues at the annual meetings of the companies they own.

*As of June 30, 2016, The Kellogg Company, Starbucks Corporation, and Avon Products, Inc., comprised 0.00% and 0.28%; 0.02% and 1.12%; and 0.00% and 0.02% of the Green Century Balanced Fund and the Green Century Equity Fund, respectively. Other securities mentioned were not held in the portfolios of the Green Century Funds as of June 30, 2016. 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 S&P 500® Index is an unmanaged index of 500 selected common stocks, most of which are listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The S&P 500® Index is heavily weighted towards stocks with large market capitalization and represents approximately two-thirds of the total market value of all domestic stocks. It is not possible to invest directly in the S&P 500® Index.




Owned by Environmental Non Profits

The Only Mutual Fund Company Owned by Non-Profit Advocacy Organizations

Green Century Capital Management, the investment advisor of the Green Century Funds, is the only mutual fund company founded and owned by environmental non-profit organizations.

Unique Ownership Supports Non-Profits

This unique ownership means that 100% of the profits that Green Century Capital Management earns on its management of the Green Century Funds belong to its non-profit organization owners. In our case, that means the profits we earn managing the Funds support the state Public Interest Research Groups, the PIRGs that founded Green Century.**

A Pioneer in Impact Investing

Impact Investing is a newer term for simply using your investments to make a concrete impact on issues and in communities about which an investor cares. Green Century has been making an impact since we started in 1991.

Some of the many achievements of the state PIRGs and the Public Interest Network on the environment, public health and government accountability include:

  • Helped gain permanent protection for natural and archaeological wonders by creating three national monuments in California, Nevada and Texas
  • Protected thousands of rivers and drinking supply sources across the country
  • Expanded solar energy through leading the Million Solar Roofs Initiative in California, convinced Massachusetts to power 50,000 homes with solar energy and secured pro-solar policies in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Minnesota, New Jersey and North Carolina

Some of their current priorities include:

  • Stopping the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms
  • Banning fracking wherever possible
  • Securing approval of carbon pollution regulations for dirty coal plants
  • Working against the influence of Big Money in politics

You can learn more about the work of the national federation of State PIRGs at www.uspirg.org.

**Green Century was founded by a partnership of nine organizations: California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG), Citizen Lobby of New Jersey, Colorado Public Interest Research Group (COPIRG), ConnPIRG Citizen Lobby, Fund for the Public Interest, Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group (MASSPIRG), MOPIRG Citizen Organization, PIRGIM Public Interest Lobby, and Washington State Public Interest Research Group (WASHPIRG).