Toxic Chemicals and Environmental Health
Green Century's toxics and environmental health program encourages companies to minimize the use of chemicals which have known or suspected negative health impacts. We ask that they substitute safer alternative chemicals or non-chemical processes. By doing so, companies can reduce liabilities and improve customer satisfaction while protecting the environment.
- Lead Issue: Making Cosmetics Safer
In 2012, Johnson & Johnson*, a major cosmetic retailer, announced that it would phase out selected chemicals from its products globally by 2015. Green Century is engaging other leading cosmetic producers to take the same steps to alleviate undue and unnecessary health risks.
- Phasing out Bisphenol A in Product Packaging
Green Century continues to encourage companies to recognize and address the risks posed by bisphenol A (BPA), an estrogen-mimicking chemical that has been linked to numerous health problems and is used in hard plastics and can linings. Green Century engages with companies throughout the BPA supply chain, including packaged food and beverage companies, chemical companies, and retailers, encouraging all parties to identify safer alternative packaging materials and phase out BPA.
*As of March 31, 2013, Johnson and Johnson was not held by the Green Century Balanced Fund and comprised 3.67% of the Green Century Equity Fund. Portfolio composition will change due to ongoing management of the Funds. Please refer to the Green Century Funds website for current information regarding the Funds' portfolio holdings. These holdings are subject to risk as described in the Funds' prospectus. References to specific investments should not be construed as a recommendation of the securities by the Funds, their administrator, or their distributor.