'Two fundamental moral principles guide our work in managing assets: the principle of human dignity and
the concept of stewardship.'
– Church of Sweden
FOR PEOPLE AND PLANET
FaithInvest is an international nonprofit organisation that assists faith groups to invest in line with their beliefs and values. Our aim is to support the rapidly developing movement of faiths actively using their investments to create a better world – for people and planet.
We focus on accelerating the growth in investments that align with faith values, contribute to environmental, social and governance (ESG) or socially responsible investing (SRI), and support the aims of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.
Connects the faiths;
Serves as a bridge to faith-aligned and value-driven investments;
Engages the finance world about the investment needs of the faiths;
Helps to create a pipeline of investable projects through faith networks and in partnership with UNDP.
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 by the Alliance of Religions and Conservations (ARC), a UK-based international NGO founded by HRH Prince Philip in 1995.
The concept of FaithInvest originated at a landmark meeting of faith investors, investment specialists, the United Nations and NGOs in Zug, Switzerland in
November 2017. To attend, faith investment groups produced their own guidelines outlining their core beliefs and values; their assets; their negative screening values; and, therefore, what they would invest in.
The meeting resulted in the publication of The Zug Guidelines (see below) outlining the investment priorities and ethical considerations of different faith traditions.
Now, more than 40 such guidelines have been created, forming a community of faith-based investments, ready to engage proactively in supporting environmental and sustainable development.
FaithInvest was created out of the growing interest in faith-aligned investing, which had been accelerated by the launch of The Zug Guidelines at ARC's 2017 meeting and by the realisation that the faiths, in combination, represent a significant investment force.
Indeed, if connected, the faiths would be a significant investment bloc in the financial world. As a unified consortium, the faiths together, as shareholders and investors, could have important ownership and influence in public companies and private investments that could make our world a better place.
We help to ensure that the billions of dollars owned and managed by the faiths can be directed to faith-aligned and values-driven investments supporting environmental and sustainable development.
The Zug Guidelines to
They outline the investment priorities for dozens of traditions from eight of the world's major faiths – Buddhism, Christianity, Daoism, Hinduism, Islam,
Judaism, Sikhism and Shintoism –
alongside the ethical rationale behind
their investment decisions.
The Zug Guidelines focus on how faiths
can use their investments to support
environmental and sustainable
development for a better world.
They helped to fuel an unprecedented
interest in faith-aligned investing.
Helping the faiths engage with and inspire the investing world. Helping the investing world navigate and support the faiths.
FAITHINVEST, Unit 2.1, Streamline
436-441 Paintworks, Arnos Vale,
Bristol, BS4 3AR, UK
Tel: +44 (0)117 214 1720