Engagement

UCF and other investors celebrate end of bank payday lending product

January 22, 2014

After several years of persistence of shareholders including United Church Funds calling for the end to Wells Fargo predatory lending program, our efforts have paid off. Years of shareholder resolutions and dialogues promoting more responsible lending products have turned to … Continue »

 

Taking seriously the impact of fossil fuels

June 14, 2013

Long a leading participant in shareholder activism around climate change, United Church Funds appreciates the spirit of action evidenced by the 350.org campaign and its supporters, who are building an important pathway of movement forward on climate change awareness and … Continue »

 

Archives

May 28, 2013

World CSR Day makes global impact Posted March 12, 2013 CSR leaders from all around the world gathered in Mumbai, India last month for World CSR Day to discuss impact investing. One of the main questions asked was: “What is … Continue »

 

Water as a human right

May 28, 2013

Recognizing the human right to water is a surprisingly complicated endeavor for multinational corporations. United Church Funds has been a participant in an investor group calling for Coca Cola to create a policy that supports the human right to water. … Continue »

 

Responsible lending

May 28, 2013

Wells Fargo Resolution 2012 – Payday Lending WHEREAS Predatory loan products such as payday loans have received significant public criticism for their high interest rates and rates of repeat borrowing. Our company is currently extending high-cost direct deposit advances that resemble … Continue »

 

Prisons

May 28, 2013

UCF is the co-leader on a dialog with Corrections Corporation of America regarding political lobbying. Along with the Capuchin Order, another Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) member, UCF filed a shareholder resolution asking the company for the following disclosures: … Continue »

 

Making chocolate sweeter

May 28, 2013

The Bliss Story We can’t promise calorie-free chocolate, but we can strive to ensure cocoa is ethically sourced and free from child labor. In this vein, after years of engagement with The Hershey Company, UCF is welcoming changes in its supply chain, including the … Continue »

 

Corporate engagements

May 28, 2013

The Social Responsibility Department fosters its relationships with other faith-based investors through the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR). Through ICCR, the SR Department engages companies through shareholder action by initiating dialogues, submitting shareholder resolutions, and working with global organizations … Continue »

 

Mideast engagements

May 28, 2013

As an associated ministry of the United Church of Christ, United Church Funds seeks to respond to General Synod resolutions calling for investment-related action within the range of opportunities and limitations that underpin our work as an investment manager. 2005 … Continue »

 

Economic leverage

May 28, 2013

While the phrase “economic leverage” tends to be used relative to action oriented around a particular industry or issue, shareholders like United Church Funds use the economic leverage of their stock ownership every time they engage a corporation in a … Continue »

 
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