UCF partners with faith and values-based peer investors to push companies in our portfolios to be more sustainable and responsible. We do this through the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility, ClimateAction 100+ and other shareholder activism organizations.
UCF also develops and co-files shareholder resolutions for a vote at the Annual Shareholder Meeting and engages corporate management in dialogues via calls, meetings, and investor letters.
As a faith-based institutional investor, we favor securities of companies that demonstrate a commitment to promoting human health and dignity, environmental integrity and moral responsibility.
To ensure that the investment funds we offer continue to align with UCC teachings and the resolutions of General Synod, our screening policy excludes investments in companies with the following interests or characteristics:
We use proxy voting guidelines to encourage responsible corporate citizenship in the companies in which we invest. These guidelines represent our stance on environmental, labor and equality issues and demonstrate faithful stewardship of our investments.
Proxy voting enables UCF to have a substantial impact on protecting the financial performance and maximizing the long-term sustainability of the companies in which we invest and to deliver added value to our clients.
As one of the leaders in values-driven, responsible investing, UCF aims to make sustainable capitalism possible. Through shareholder activism and collaboration with key players on the global justice issue, we help companies forge new pathways toward responsible and sustainable operations – and create more opportunities to deliver greater long-term value to investors.
Over the last two years, there has been a spectacular increase in investments focusing on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors. Accordingly, UCF has prepared a report that examines the recent explosion of ESG investing universally and how UCF has participated in and contributed to that growth on behalf of its clients.