FOR PEOPLE AND PLANET
A NETWORK FOR THE FAITHS AND A BRIDGE TO
WHO WE ARE
FaithInvest is an international, not-for-profit membership organisation for religious groups and faith-based investors worldwide. We assist faith groups to invest in line with their values.
Our aim is to grow the scale and impact of faith-consistent investing. We support religious groups in moving more of their funds and resources into investments that will achieve the environmental and sustainable development impacts they seek to implement in the world.
Promotes values-based, faith-consistent investing
Connects the faiths
Builds the faiths' skills and capacity around faith-consistent investing
Serves as a bridge to faith-aligned and value-driven investments
Engages the finance world about the faiths' investment needs
Helps to create pipelines of potentially investable projects through faith networks
WHAT WE DO
The world's faiths have billions of dollars invested in the global stock market. We exist to help the religious asset owners to align their investments with their faith values.
We do this by promoting the growing movement of values-driven investing and by supporting the development of investment opportunities that contribute to socially responsible investing (SRI) as well as to environmental, social and governance (ESG) practice.
FaithInvest exists to accelerate and broaden faith-consistent, values-driven investing by providing a NETWORK for faith-based investors and a SOURCE
of education, exchange and collaboration. We are a PLATFORM for
investment ideas, opportunities and concepts and a VOICE for the faiths
and values-driven investors.
Faith actors and social entrepreneurs have a 'collective and catalytic role to play' in asserting that deeper human values – not dollars, earnings or domestic product – should inspire and inform systematic change in the post-Covid world.
That's the message in an opinion piece published by Devex – the global media platform for development professionals – which is jointly authored by FaithInvest CEO Martin Palmer, Jeroo Billimoria of Catalyst 2030 and Francois Bonnici of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.
The article appeared in Devex's Faith and Investment series, which is sponsored by GHR Foundation.
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) and supports the aims of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.
Yet for many faiths, this is currently more of a potential than a
reality. As investors, the faiths are good at knowing what they
don’t want to invest in. Now it is time to say what they do want
to invest in, for a better future for people and planet.
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. They also have
unique grassroots reach that can generate investable projects, local
know-how and operating infrastructure in almost any part of the world.
But the potential impact of the faiths has been muted. Many faith groups are complex and opaque to outsiders – especially the commercial world. FaithInvest exists to overcome these difficulties and build bridges between the investing world and the faiths.
FaithInvest works to accelerate the growth in values-driven, socially responsible investing by:
Assisting the faiths to set out details of their investments and strategy as well as goals for pro-active investing;
Creating a professional association to enable greater collaboration and information sharing;
Promoting the shift within the faith communities from grant-focused to grant-and-investment-for-impact projects;
Becoming a first stop for key information (through research partnerships) on the scale, scope and direction of faith investing;
Creating a pipeline of investable projects finely attuned to the needs of the faiths;
Creating opportunities to invest in environmental and sustainable projects.
We do all this not just for faith organisations but for faith-based philanthropies, charities and businesses.
Helping the faiths engage with and inspire the investing world.
Helping the investing world navigate and support the faiths.