Human Rights

UN Declaration of Human Rights Turns 70

December 12, 2018

United Church Funds joins other members of the Investor Alliance for Human Rights (IAHR) in celebrating the 70th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights. We are proud to be a member of the IAHR which interprets human rights … Continue »


UCF featured in PBS interview

February 23, 2016

In a recent interview conducted by Deborah Potter for PBS’ Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, Director of Social Responsibility Katie McCloskey spoke about our historic, particular response to calls for nonviolent actions to end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.


UCF and Investors Support Legislation Requiring Disclosure and Corporate Action on Human Trafficking Risks

October 13, 2015

United Church Funds joined over 100 investors with over $1 trillion in assets under management in sending a statement to the US Senate and House of Representatives urging strong bi-partisan support for The Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and … Continue »


Immokalee workers and investors celebrate the fruits of their labor

April 25, 2014

United Church Funds and many other socially responsible investors have long stood in solidarity with the tomato pickers of Immokalee, Florida in an effort to improve their working conditions. After more than 10 years, this fight has been rewarded. UCF … 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 »



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 »


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 »


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.

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