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Investing in Women

The value of women in leadership — at both the board and the management level — is increasingly being recognized as an important factor in company success. The highlights from studies by prominent institutions below and Green Century’s track record are useful starting points on this topic of growing interest.


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logo GC_NoFunds_highresolution_JPG copy PERFORMANCE OF WOMEN-LED COMPANIES

Credit Suisse found a “link between companies with more female executives and higher returns on equity, higher valuations, better stock performance and higher payouts of dividends” when women are in operational roles.1 The study included 3,000 companies selected by Credit Suisse over an eight year period ended December 31, 2013. The study is based on the proprietary “Credit Suisse Gender 3000” database, which the researchers developed by mapping the board structures and senior management of more than 3,000 companies worldwide.2

logo GC_NoFunds_highresolution_JPG copy WOMEN ON BOARDS

Companies that had a higher percentage of women in board positions or top management were found to have ties to stronger performance as measured by returns on equity, price valuations, and stock performance over a three year time period.3

logo GC_NoFunds_highresolution_JPG copy GENDER LENS INVESTING

Fortune recently reported that women CEOs in the Fortune 1000 drove three times the returns as the S&P 500® Index over a 12 year period.4 A study by McKinsey & Company, as reported in The Wall Street Journal, stated that “highly diverse companies appear to excel financially”  because of their strengths. The conclusion of the study reported on in Fortune is the companies with women CEOs performed three times better than the S&P 500® Index over the stated time period, however, there were companies in the Fortune 1000 with women CEOs that did not outperform the S&P 500® Index during this time.



Green Century’s Record


logo GC_NoFunds_highresolution_JPG copy AT THE FIRM

• Green Century’s top three positions are filled by women.
• Green Century’s current President and the majority of the firm’s former Presidents have been women.
• The Green Century Capital Management Board of Directors is 80% female.

logo GC_NoFunds_highresolution_JPG copy IN THE FUNDS

• Two-thirds of the portfolio managers for Green Century’s Balanced Fund are female.
The percentage of female directors and executives in the companies held by the Green Century Funds handily surpasses the global average percentages of women on boards of directors and women in leadership positions. Women in leadership comprised 18.35% and 15.54% of the companies in the Green Century Equity Fund and the Green Century Balanced Fund, as of June 30, 2015, respectively, compared to a global average of 12.9% as of the end of 2013.3
• As of June 30, 2015, the percentage of women on boards of directors was 19.71% and 20.35%, for the companies in the Green Century Equity Fund and the Green Century Balanced Fund, respectively. The global average of women on boards of directors was 12.4% as of September 30, 2014.6




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