Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) is the process of selecting companies to invest in that have sustainable and ethical Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices, while challenging those that don’t to amend their business strategies.
United Church of Christ’s General Synod Encourages the Practice of Socially Responsible Investing
At General Synod in June 2015, delegates voted to affirm a resolution, co-sponsored by United Church Funds and the Pension Boards-United Church of Christ, urging all settings of the Church to investigate SRI, and employ its principles. Learn more about the resolution and the actions that comprise socially responsible investing. Please read more about this resolution, and changes to our exclusionary screening policy here.
United Church Funds’ Socially Responsible Investing Program Aligns Values and Finance
UCF’s SRI program reflects our belief that faith-based investing align with the principles of the United Church of Christ. Additionally, our long-term investing strategy is best achieved when companies are operating in a sustainable manner. Companies that have the most comprehensive ESG improvement plans tend to be better long-term performers.
As sustainability becomes a wider topic of conversation across all industries, UCF is excited to use this opportunity to initiate regular discussions with key players around global justice issues. Using a multi-faceted approach, our SRI strategy incorporates — corporate engagements, shareholder resolutions, collaboration with key partners, proxy voting and screened portfolios. Along with encouraging our managers to invest responsibly, the heart of our program is in shareholder activism and using our economic leverage to maintain ongoing corporate engagements.
Using our team of savvy finance professionals and experts in sustainability, UCF aims to make sustainable capitalism possible. We pride ourselves on working together to create a fine balance between meeting our fiduciary responsibility and ensuring that everybody benefits from the profits.
United Church Funds Receives a Favorable Assessment from the UNPRI
The United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) is an organization of investors dedicated to responsible investing. United Church Funds is proud to be a signatory of the UNPRI. Our year-on-year performance in UNPRI’s assessment of UCF’s responsible investing practices scored very well. In fact, our overarching approach was scored as A+! Learn more about how we compare to other signatories here.