FOR PEOPLE AND PLANET
A NETWORK FOR THE FAITHS AND A BRIDGE TO
FaithInvest helps religious groups to invest in line with their values.
We support the rapidly growing movement of faiths actively using their
investments to create a better world – for people and planet.
FaithInvest is an international, not-for-profit membership organisation for religious groups and faith-based institutional investors. Our aim is to grow the scale and impact of faith-consistent, values-driven investing worldwide.
The world's faiths have billions of dollars invested in the global stock markets, across all asset classes. We empower religious asset owners to align their investments with their faith values, for the benefit of people and planet.
We do this by providing:
a NETWORK for faith-based investors
a SOURCE of education, exchange and collaboration
a PLATFORM for investment ideas, opportunities and concepts
a VOICE for the faiths and values-driven investors.
Promotes faith-consistent, values-based investing and investment transparency
Connects the faiths
Builds skills and capacity
Serves as a bridge to faith-aligned and value-driven investments
Engages the financial world about the faiths' investment needs
Helps to create pipelines of potentially investable projects through faith networks
We do not make investment decisions or manage funds for the faiths.
SAVE THE DATE
FIRST GLOBAL MEMBERS' CONFERENCE
Pragmatic Faith-Consistent Investing
A working conference for faith-based asset owners
Tuesday June 8
Wednesday June 9
We are delighted to invite you to our first Global Members' Conference on June 8-9. Pragmatic Faith-Consistent Investing: A working conference for faith-based asset owners will be an action-oriented, information-rich online event held across
two half-days, from 12.00-17.00 BST. Our working agenda includes:
The Faiths as Stakeholders – opportunities and challenges
Working Group Showcase sessions – moderated sessions where members share progress and collaborate on next steps – for example, our Manager Database, Impact Investing (including insights from the Dharmic faiths), Ethical Institutional Banking, and solutions for smaller investors (including commingled structures)
Practical Faith-consistent Investment Implementation session on rooting your investment policy and guidelines in faith-based principles, aligning mandates and shifting capital.
Curated Networking and knowledge and experience sharing
Interactive Demonstrations – of our new Members' Portal and Manager Database
The conference is aimed at FaithInvest members and those thinking of joining. Our membership is open to faith-based asset owners – investment professionals and those who work with them to align their investments – and we welcome faith-based organisations of all size and sophistication of investment portfolio.
Any other faith-based asset consultants, advisors and managers
who wish to find out more, please contact us.
A NATURAL POWERHOUSE
The faiths are a natural powerhouse for ethical, faith-based and impact investing that contributes to environmental, social and governance (ESG) or socially responsible investing (SRI). Yet for many faiths, this s currently more of a potential than a reality.
Faith beliefs naturally align with ethical, faith-based and
impact investing; they are deeply and strongly motivated.
They represent a large pool of investable assets as well as
vast ownership of property and land. Together, the faiths
represent a significant investment bloc in the financial world.
As investors, the faiths are good at knowing what they don’t want to
invest in. Now it is time for faiths to say what they do want to invest in,
for a better future for people and planet.
DEVELOPING FCI GUIDELINES
Developing faith-consistent investment (FCI) guidelines is a crucial step for faith groups seeking to align their investments with their values. A commitment to doing so is a requirement for membership of FaithInvest.
JOIN US AS
We invite all faith-based asset owners –
including endowments, foundations and development agencies – to join us and help to grow the movement of values-driven, faith-consistent investing.
Our Member Platform is launching soon, and will be the main vehicle through which we deliver a range of curated services aimed at understanding members' needs; developing their skills and capacity to work through challenges; deliver the three key areas of focus for Members (for details, see below) and co-creating investment opportunities.
HELP TO GROW THE MOVEMENT
We're working to grow the movement of values-driven, faith-consistent investing. A key part of this is our Faith Long-term Plans programme – to be launched in October ahead of the UN COP26 Climate Conference – in which faiths around the world are planning to use their investments, assets and influence to drive practical action on the environment. We invite all faith groups to join the programme. And if you are interested in our work, sign up to our newsletter!
UPCOMING LAUNCH OF MEMBERSHIP PLATFORM AND PROGRAMME
We are very excited to announce that we will be launching our Member Platform and Programme very soon.
Over the past year we have spent time with many of our members – both directly and in various seminars and forums – to understand their needs and priorities, and to align our initial focus with them.
We have also been designing our member-only portal which will directly support our projects and members. Our initial focus in 2021 will be on three areas:
Directly enhancing collaboration across our members – hoping to save time and resources. We will do so via:
Creating infrastructure to allow quick and smooth investing:
Creating interesting investment opportunities – where possible, opportunities uniquely suited to the faith community.
Impact Investing Fund-of-Funds
TRIBUTE TO PRINCE PHILIP
FaithInvest was very sad to hear of the death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, aged 99, on April 9, 2021.
Prince Philip played a huge role in inspiring the faiths to take action on the environment. His work not only led to the founding of FaithInvest's parent organisation, the Alliance of Religions and Conservation, but also to FaithInvest itself.
NEWS & ACTIVITIES
18 May 2021, 12noon GMT
Developing your Faith Long-term Plan: Media
Communicating your Faith Long-term Plan will be critical to its success. Through case studies, this webinar will look at how faiths can use various media strategies to share news of their activities.
Moderator: Susie Weldon, Head of Communications, FaithInvest
Dr Fachruddin Majeri Mangunjaya, Chairman, Centre for Islamic Studies & lecturer, Universitas Nasional (UNAS) Indonesia
Daniel Perell, Representative to the United Nations, Baha'i International Community, US
Riba Elliott, Director of Special Projects, Global Catholic Climate Movement
8-9 JUNE 2021, 12pm-5pm BST
Pragmatic Faith-Consistent Investing, a working conference for faith-based asset owners
We are delighted to invite FaithInvest Members, or those thinking of becoming members, to our first Global Members' Conference – an action-oriented, information-rich programme set over two half-days on Tuesday June 8 and Wednesday 9. To apply for registration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For enquiries, contact:
BlackRock's recent announcement that it would ratchet up its efforts to influence companies in which it invests to act in more socially and responsible ways made headlines around the world. As the world's largest asset manager, the potential impact of such a move is huge.
But perhaps even more significant is what this move signals about the evolution of ESG. Mike Even, FaithInvest's Director of Strategy and Investment Research, looks at how the landscape for ethical investing is changing – including for faith-based investors.
PUBLICATION: Faith-Consistent Investment Guide
FaithInvest was formed through the collaboration of significant religious investors, philanthropies, the United Nations, national governments, and investment firms with impact investment expertise.
It was incubated and established by the Alliance of Religions and Conservations, a UK-based international NGO founded by HRH Prince Philip in 1995.
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