Investing with an Impact

Orangutans in Southeast Asia are at risk from deforestation. Photo credit: chem7/flickr

Orangutans in Southeast Asia are at risk from deforestation. Photo credit: chem7/flickr

We believe that companies that reduce or avoid costly environmental risks may hold greater long-term value for shareholders. That’s why Green Century Capital Management (Green Century) has used its leverage as a shareholder to advocate for increased corporate environmental responsibility for over two decades.

Here’s how Green Century is putting your investments to work for your values:


Palm oil is the most widely used vegetable oil in the world, but unfortunately it has usually come from plantations that were created by burning down rainforests in Southeast Asia. This destruction releases significant carbon pollution and destroys the habitat for endangered animals such as orangutans. Green Century successfully pressured Kellogg’s,* ConAgra* and Smuckers* to only purchase palm oil that is grown without destroying tropical forests – and created precedent-setting agreements that we are pressing more companies to sign this year.


Green Century does not invest in coal, oil or gas corporations, choosing to instead invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency companies as one way to promote clean energy. In addition, Green Century is working with Pepsi* to avoid using fuel sourced from Tar Sands.


Last year, Green Century successfully pushed Tyson Foods* to stop using pig gestation crates on factory farms and advocated that Safeway* label foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Now, Green Century is pressing meat producers and sellers to stop using antibiotics in meat and label products that contain GMOs.


Fracking threatens our water supply by using massive quantities of water and then often contaminating it with cancer-causing chemicals. Green Century is pressuring companies to minimize fresh water use and capture leaks of methane gas, a potent greenhouse gas. Last year, we convinced the largest hydraulic fracturing operator in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale to start tracking and reporting its methane leakage.


Avon* removed the toxic chemical triclosan from its personal care products as a result of Green Century’s work.


Last year, we persuaded Kraft Foods* to stop using shareholder dollars to oppose laws requiring GMO labeling. Moving forward, we will continue to counter the flood of corporate money unleashed by Citizens United by asking more companies to report or refrain from political spending.


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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 September 30, 2015, Kellogg Company, The JM Smucker Company, PepsiCo Inc., Avon Products Inc., and The Kraft Heinz Company comprised 0.00% and 0.24%; 0.00% and 0.18%; 0.00% and 1.95%; 0.00% and 0.02%; and 0.00% and 0.59% of the Green Century Balanced Fund and the Green Century Equity Fund, respectively. Other securities mentioned were not held in the portfolios as of September 30, 2015. 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.