Where you choose to invest your money makes a statement. Traditional investment strategies place your dollars in a portfolio of companies designed to bring you a return on your investment, without placing any particular value on the type of company represented in the portfolio. Green Century Funds believes that there is another way to approach investing, a way to bring a return on your dollar while putting those same dollars to work for the betterment of the environment and social issues. Using investment funds to reward companies who are working toward the greater good speaks volumes about the investor and shows companies that their practices regarding the environment, responsible business operation, or treatment of social issues does not go unnoticed. It's possible to use your investing strategy to create change for a better future, both for yourself and your family, and for the planet as a whole.
Green Century Capital Management is tasked with managing the Green Century Funds. This group of environmentally friendly funds was established in 1991 by a partnership of non-profit environmental advocacy organizations, many of which are referred to as "State PIRGs." These organizations are based in many states across the nation and put their time and effort into advocating for the public interest using lobbying, speaking out, and researching issues. Several of these organizations banded together to form Green Century under the belief that allowing people to invest their dollars in ways that aligned with their values and according to the environmental and social practices of companies could affect change over time. A full 100% of the profits earned by Green Century go to the non-profit owners in order to help fund the work they are doing, while the Funds are owned fully by their shareholders.
In order to begin investing according to a green investing strategy, as opposed to a traditional investment strategy, it helps to know how Green Century chooses the companies that are part of their investment network. Screening investments means Green Century Capitol Management will not place the money with just any type of company, instead companies are chosen for a combination of environmental, social, and financial reasons. Companies that are leaders in environmental practices or issues, operate sustainably, or show environmental responsibility are chosen over companies who engage in detrimental environmental practices, such as those involved with nuclear power or fossil fuels. In fact, Green Century promotes a fossil fuel free investing philosophy, where none of their mutual funds are placed with oil, gas, or coal companies.
Interested investors have two options for placing their investment funds with Green Century. Opening an account directly with Green Century Funds allows you complete control over your investments. If you already use a brokerage firm to manage your investments, you can still go through your existing firm, allowing all your investments to be consolidated in one place for ease of fund management. Each investor must review the Funds prospectus before investing.
Placing your investment funds with Green Century gives you the opportunity to make each dollar you invest double the impact. Your investments can create a healthy return for your future and the future of your family, while those same dollars are put to work toward a cleaner environment and a healthier economy. Green Century enables your investments to support the companies that operate sustainably, promote green initiatives, and work toward the betterment of the planet and society.