Economic Leverage

Fossil fuels at General Synod

June 27, 2013

At General Synod 29 in Long Beach CA, the issue of fossil fuel divestment is a hot topic. United Church Funds has been in close and continuing conversation with the Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, whose Massachusetts Conference sponsored the resolution … Continue »


Promoting Mideast peace

May 28, 2013

  In 2005, the General Synod of the United Church of Christ called on its members and ministries to use economic leverage to promote peace in the Middle East. Since that Synod, United Church Funds has worked actively within the … 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 »


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 »


Statement of position concerning the use of economic leverage

January 1, 2013

United Church Funds Board of Directors believes that as faith-based investors, we bear a responsibility to use our economic leverage as shareholders to influence the policies, practices and behaviors of companies in which we invest in order to build a … Continue »


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 »


Hydraulic fracturing – not cut and dry

August 9, 2012

The following link provides a thoughtful view on the positives and negatives of natural gas hydraulic fracturing. While we promote responsible extraction through our socially responsible investing program, the views expressed are not necessarily those of UCF. Eco-Justice Notes


Media makes Citi vote into a revolution

April 9, 2012

The say-on-pay vote at the recent Citi annual meeting did not support Vikram Pandit’s compensation package. The media is making it seem like this is the first of many advisory votes at American banks this year which will express discontent with … Continue »

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