The War on Plastic

UCF is stepping up its efforts to address the environmental repercussions of single-use plastics. With a leading shareholder advocacy group, As You Sow, UCF has co-filed shareholder resolutions with ExxonMobil and Westlake. Read more!

UCF Among Investors Calling for a Living Wage

UCF has proudly joined 135 other institutional investors in endorsing the Investor Statement in Support of a Living Wage. The statement represents a collective call to action for U.S. companies to pay a living wage to all their workers, in alignment with international human rights standards. Read more.

UCF Statement on the Israel/Palestine Conflict

UCF has prepared a statement surrounding the Israel/Palestine conflict, reaffirming our commitment to implementing responsible investing strategies that will uphold peace, justice and human rights. Click to read more.

Sustainability Issues Galvanize Global Investors: Insights from PRI in Person

UCF recently attended PRI in Person conference as a demonstration of our commitment to collaborating with global investors around the evolving landscape of responsible investing and sustainability. Read the three key takeaways from this year’s conference.

Report to General Synod XXXIV on Addressing Climate Change

UCF has prepared a report to General Synod XXXIV of the United Church of Christ that outlines a review of actions and accomplishments in addressing climate change. Click to download the full report.

UCF Lauds Dollar Tree Settlement with OSHA

On August 23, Dollar Tree, Inc., one of the nation’s largest retailers, reached a wide-ranging worker safety agreement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). While the OSHA settlement marks a significant advancement in workers’ rights, it falls short of UCF’s goals. Click to read more.

Dollar General Shareholders Signal Strong Support for Workers’ Rights

In a significant victory for Dollar General’s workers, a shareholder resolution – filed by United Church Funds alongside Domini Impact Investing and several members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility – received 68% support from Dollar General shareholders at the company’s annual meeting on May 31. Click to read why this is a turning point for workers’ rights movement.

Earth Day, Every Day: UCF Marks 10 Years of Beyond Fossil Fuels Funds

The UCC General Synod resolution calling on all settings of the church to engage in various strategies to address climate change led to the establishment of our Beyond Fossil Fuels Fund and Beyond Fossil Fuels Balanced Fund. While we are proud of what these funds have accomplished, divestment from fossil fuels alone is not enough to mitigate climate change. Read more on steps we need to take to ensure a successful transition to renewable energy.

Climate Justice Statement

The UCF Climate Justice Taskforce recently introduced UCF Climate Justice Statement, designed to center UCF’s attention on those people and communities that are most impacted by climate change. This Climate Justice Statement includes four calls to action focused on investment strategy, public policy, corporate engagement and stakeholder engagement.

An Interview with Xponance

As we celebrate Women’s History Month in March and International Women’s Day on March 8, Stacey Pettice, UCF’s Institutional Relationships Executive, sat down with Tina Byles Williams, founder, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Xponance, to discuss the importance of diversity in finance management, responsible investing strategies and which women have most inspired Williams herself. Click to watch the video.