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UCF discusses approaches to Mideast peace with Catholic News Service

March 14, 2016

In a recent article published by the Catholic News Service, Katie McCloskey outlines some of the long-term strategies UCF has used to pressure companies to cease operating in — and profiting from — Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.

 

UCF stands with investors calling for change after Duke coal ash spill

March 28, 2014

United Church Funds lent its voice to a strongly worded letter to Duke Energy’s Board of Directors, advising them to investigate the weaknesses that led to the devastating Dan River Coal Ash Spill. Led by the Nathan Cummings Institute, a fellow … Continue »

 

Alarming words from an SEC commissioner

March 28, 2014

Securities and Exchange Commissioner Daniel Gallagher recently decried the corporate time and energy spent responding to shareholder proposals. In addition to indicating his belief that political spending resolutions were superfluous, Commissioner Gallagher made it clear that he believed the SEC … Continue »

 

SRI in the news

May 28, 2013

Hershey’s First Certified Product Available Across the U.S.  After announcing its commitment to source 100% certified cocoa by 2020, The Hershey Company released its first certified product, Hershey’s Bliss® late last year. This is a great step in the right direction … Continue »

 

Payday lending called into question

May 3, 2013

Under new guidelines proposed by federal financial institutions, ‘payday loan’ vendors and national banks offering similar products may be required to protect the very targets of their high-interest loans. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Office of the … Continue »

 

A blissful future for cocoa farmers

April 12, 2013

Since Hershey’s announced its goal last year to source 100% certified sustainable cocoa by 2020, the company has made strategic efforts to indicate it is well on track to fulfilling its commitment. In a recent discussion with the much-loved chocolate … Continue »

 

SEC discuss the potential monitoring of political spending

January 9, 2013

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is discussing potential strategies to ensure transparency in political spending by US listed public corporations. The move comes after a 400% increase in political spending in last year’s presidential election – 600 billion of … Continue »

 

Hershey’s first certified product available across the US

January 7, 2013

After announcing its commitment to source 100% certified cocoa by 2020, The Hershey Company released its first certified product, Hershey’s Bliss® late last year. This is a great step in the right direction and hopefully an indication of the company’s intention … Continue »

 

The intersection of social responsibility and commodities investing

December 22, 2012

The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility recently released Guidelines for Responsible Investing in Food Commodities. While these views are not necessarily those of UCF, it is a helpful way to learn more about attitudes in this investing space.

 

Conflict minerals final rule from the SEC

August 30, 2012

After nearly two years, the SEC has made a final ruling on its implementation of the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act’s mandate for companies to disclose whether their products contain tin, tantalum, tungsten, or gold derived from mines in the conflict-torn … Continue »

 
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