What does it actually look like to influence large agri-food companies to change their practices? In this conversation with shareholder advocates Annalisa Tarizzo and Thomas Peterson from Green Century Capital Management, we discuss how food systems investors use their unique leverage and work with other stakeholders including agribusiness, NGOs and policymakers to build a sustainable food system. This episode is part two of two of a mini-series on COP-26.
Thomas Peterson is a Green Century shareholder advocate, leveraging the Funds’ and the firm’s clout as a shareholder to drive companies to adopt more environmentally sustainable policies and practices. Prior to joining Green Century, he served as an environmental organizer, running grassroots campaigns on climate, clean energy, and conservation, and as a theater director. He holds a BA in History & Literature and in Theater, Dance & Media from Harvard.
Annalisa Tarizzo is a Green Century shareholder advocate, leveraging the Funds' and the firm's clout as a shareholder to drive companies to adopt more environmentally sustainable policies and practices. Prior to joining Green Century, she served as a sustainability program specialist, a waste reduction coordinator, and an environmental organizer. She holds a BA in Romance Languages and Literature with a minor in Global Sustainability from the University of Michigan.
About Green Century Capital Management
Green Century Capital Management, Inc. (Green Century) is the investment advisor to the Green Century Funds (The Funds). The Green Century Funds are the first family of fossil fuel free, responsible, and diversified mutual funds in the United States. Green Century Capital Management hosts an award-winning and in-house shareholder advocacy program and is the only mutual fund company in the U.S. wholly owned by environmental and public health nonprofit organizations.
Additional information and disclosures can be found at the bottom of the episode transcript.
Further resources and recommendations
Article: Green Century Joins Food Emissions 50 Campaign (Green Century, 2021)
Article: Visualizing the Climate Targets of Fortune 500 companies (Marcus Lu, 2021)
Podcast: This conversation with Richard Powers is a Gift (Ezra Klein Show, 2021)
Book: The Ministry for the Future (Kim Stanley Robinson, 2020)
Book: The Overstory (Richard Powers, 2019)
Article: Investors join global food companies to halt deforestation in Brazil’s Cerrado savannah (FAIRR, 2018)
Book: The Omnivore's Dilemma (Michael Pollan, 2006)
Related TABLE resources
Bonus: Why isn't food on the COP agenda? (part 1)
Ep9: Jessica Duncan on "We eat, drink and breathe food policy"
Visual: Exploring the ebbs and flows of Regenerative Agriculture, Organic and Agroecology
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