Tag Archive: Responsible Investing

Dollar General Shareholders Signal Strong Support for Workers’ Rights

June 9, 2023 7:48 pm Published by

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

April 17, 2023 3:55 pm Published by

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.

United Church Funds Commits to Climate Justice

March 20, 2023 8:50 pm Published by

The Board of Directors of UCF has issued a Climate Justice Statement, declaring UCF’s commitment to addressing global warming through its investment policies and engagements and placing climate justice and racial justice as its highest organizational priorities. Click to read more.

Climate Justice Statement

March 20, 2023 6:15 pm Published by

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.

FedEx Agrees to Greater Transparency on Climate Lobbying Activities

September 16, 2022 8:09 pm Published by

UCF and PBUCC announced today that as the result of their joint shareholder resolution filed this past April, FedEx Corporation has agreed to enhance public disclosure of its climate lobbying activities. Read more.

What ESG Can – and Can’t – Do

September 8, 2022 12:23 pm Published by

After a decade of increasing acceptance, the Environmental, Social and Governance movement has faced a political backlash of late, particularly against the “E” goals around the climate crisis. In this article, Matthew Illian, Director of Responsible Investing, provides an insight into how this event can be an opportunity for investors to gain greater clarity on ESG’s role in responsible investing and an understanding of what it can – and can’t – do.

Pride Month: UCF Stands with the LGBTQ Community

June 6, 2022 1:43 pm Published by

This year’s Pride month celebrations are tinged with some concern and even outright fear that these hard-won rights may be threatened. UCF supports marriage equality rights for all and calls on businesses and investment allies to support the LGBTQ+ community. Read more.

Dollar General Workers Silenced — Again — at Shareholders’ Meeting

May 27, 2022 12:28 am Published by

Dollar General workers traveled for nine hours by bus from Louisiana to attend a rally at corporate headquarters in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, on May 25, during the company’s 2022 annual shareholders’ meeting. They demanded better pay and safer working conditions, but were greeted with a closed door. Read more.

Translating Faith into Responsible Investing: The Growth of ESG Investing

May 24, 2022 5:39 pm Published by

Over the last two years, there has been a spectacular increase in investments that focus on or include environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. UCF has prepared a report that examines the recent explosion of ESG investing universally, as well as the ways in which UCF, on behalf of its clients, has participated in and contributed to that growth. Download and read the report.

Meta Shareholders Set to Vote on Resolution Filed by UCF

May 24, 2022 3:38 pm Published by

UCF filed a shareholder resolution calling on Meta to prepare and publicly release a report disclosing its lobbying activities and payments. That resolution, known as Item No. 13, will be voted on at the 2022 Annual Meeting of Shareholders of Meta Platforms on May 25. Read more.