New guide urges church members to invest ethically

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UKSIF13th October 2010

A new ‘Action Guide for Churches’ has been launched to encourage Christians to apply their principles through their savings and investment decisions. The guide has been produced for National Ethical Investment Week (NEIW) in conjunction with the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR). The guide provides practical information on how to raise awareness of green and ethical options ahead of NEIW, taking place from 7-13 November.

Commenting, Rev. Raymond Singh, Vice Chair of ECCR said:

“Many churches now celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight. I hope this Guide will help church members think about where we invest our money and what it is used for. It includes excellent resources for worship and ideas for meetings and displays. Our aim is for ethical investment to become as widespread as fair trade among churches and their members.”

Penny Shepherd MBE, UKSIF Chief Executive, said:

“By choosing a green or ethical option, savers and investors can make a positive difference to society and the environment. We hope faith groups will use NEIW to raise awareness of the impact our financial choices can have. Ethical investing in the UK is rooted in the faith community. Churches, charities, and people of faith were the first to take account of ethical criteria when making investment decisions.”

The ‘Action Guide for Churches’ is sponsored by CCLA Investment Management as part of NEIW10 which is sponsored by Co-operative Financial Services and Ecclesiastical Investment Management.

Read the ‘Action Guide for Churches’.