Green Century uses the following strategies to offer investments in sustainable companies while pursuing competitive returns:
Green Century uses three investment strategies – ESG, Value-Based SRI Exclusionary Screens and Fossil Fuel Company exclusions on our equity and fixed income – to provide investors with deeply green and sustainable investments.
Green Century also uses the full array of shareholder advocacy tools, including filing shareholder resolutions, and supports our non-profit environmental advocacy owners to make an impact you can measure.
Green Century offers three mutual funds:
Tesla builds not only all-electric vehicles but also scalable clean energy generation and storage products to fulfill its mission to “accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.” The company’s commitment exemplifies a sustainable and forward thinking company that Green Century seeks to include in our Funds. Tesla is a current holding in the Green Century Equity Fund.
Vestas Wind Systems is the only global energy company dedicated exclusively to wind energy, and with installations in over 70 countries, its turbines account for 20% of global wind energy production. Vestas, headquartered in Denmark, is a current holding in the Green Century MSCI International Index Fund.
With its inaugural sustainability bond, Starbucks is improving its supply chain’s environmental and social impact. One program supports coffee farmers who commit to promote long term productivity by keeping the soil healthy, conserving water and growing shade trees to protect wildlife. The Starbucks bond is a current holding in the Green Century Balanced Fund, which has over 60% of its fixed income portion in green or sustainability bonds.
There is a growing body of evidence that demonstrates the investing fossil fuel free may protect investors from:
These concerns are just some of the reasons why Green Century has a long-standing investment strategy of avoiding the worst polluting companies and instead seeking to invest in companies that are helping build a sustainable economy.
To review a recent study on performance by leading industry analysts, please review:
Advisor Partners: Fossil Fuel Divestment: Perspectives After the Oil Bust
Our definition of fossil fuel free investing excludes companies that explore for, extract, process, refine, and transmit coal, oil and gas, as well as companies that burn fossil fuels to make electricity or any companies with carbon reserves.
Our fossil fuel free commitment exceeds the global divestment campaign baseline of avoiding the largest 200 global fossil fuel companies as ranked by the potential carbon emissions content of their reported reserves and is detailed in our prospectus.
As more investments are marketed as “low carbon” or “climate change solutions,” keep these points in mind:
*As of December 31, 2017, Tesla Motors, Inc., Vestas Wind Systems and Starbucks Corporation comprised 0.00%, 0.40%, and 0.00%; 0.00%, 0.00% and 0.41%; and 2.08%, 0.80% and 0.00% of the Green Century Balanced Fund, the Green Century Equity Fund and the Green Century International Index Fund. 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.
We make measurable impact by directly engaging companies across the globe on the issues that matter most to our investors. Our in-depth approach goes well beyond voting proxies to include shareholder resolutions, dialogues and stakeholder collaborations, providing a way for our investors to leverage their investments to create a more sustainable economy and world.
|Climate change||Sustainable agriculture|
|Preserve tropical forests||Keep antibiotics effective|
|Promote plant-based protein||Protect pollinators and our food supply|
|Reduce food waste||Protect ocean health|
|Promote renewable energy||Water stewardship|
Green Century is working to curb climate change, prevent loss of habitat for endangered species, and mitigate potential financial risks for investors by making agricultural product supply chains more sustainable.
Deforestation accounts for more than 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to endangered species habitat destruction, human rights violations, and water cycle disruption. Agriculture is the leading driver of deforestation, accounting for about 70% of tropical deforestation.
To help curb climate change and mitigate risks, Green Century has launched a five-year campaign to help stop deforestation caused by the production of soy, cattle, timber, rubber, and palm oil in Asia, Latin America, and Africa.
In addition to other successes, the campaign has helped secure a zero-deforestation commitment from Wilmar,* the world’s largest palm oil trader, that will avoid 1.5 gigatons of carbon pollution between 2015 and 2020.
To learn more about the successes of our Tropical Forest Protection campaign, download our two-pager below or visit our Tropical Forest Protection page.
See how the Green Century Funds voted on social, environmental and governance issues at the annual meetings of the companies they own.
*As of December 31, 2017, no securities mentioned were 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.
One-hundred percent of the profits earned managing the Green Century Funds are used to support the environmental and public health work of non-profit organizations.
The organizations which founded and own Green Century Capital Management are: California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG), Citizen Lobby of New Jersey (NJPIRG), 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).
Currently, our non-profit owners are working toward ending the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms, banning fracking, and securing carbon pollution regulations. And, to date, these organizations have accomplished incredible success, including:
To learn more about our support of environmental and public health non-profits, please email us at email@example.com or call 1-800-934-7336.