'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 

ABOUT

FaithInvest empowers 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. 

OVERVIEW

FaithInvest was founded in 2019 following a landmark Faith and Finance meeting two years earlier, called together by our founder organisation, the Alliance of Religions and Conservations (ARC), involving religious investors, philanthropies, the United Nations, national governments and investment firms in Zug, Switzerland.

 

The meeting recognised that, if connected, the faiths would be a significant investment bloc. Together, as shareholders and investors, they could have important ownership and influence in companies and investments that could make our world a better place. FaithInvest CEO Martin Palmer explains why FaithInvest was founded in the three-minute video opposite.

Three-minute animation about our Membership Programme 

Two-minute animation about our Member Portal 

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OUR HISTORY

FaithInvest was founded in 2019 but our roots go much further back. Our founding organisation, the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC), spent two decades engaging faiths on their investments and purchasing power.

2001

ARC, in partnership with Citigroup, begins to explore with partners such as ICCR and people involved in faith finance, whether the investment power of the religions could be a major environmental force for good.

Sept 2015

The UN asks ARC to organise the only formal consultation of the faiths about the new Sustainable Development Goals. The conference leads to the publication of the Bristol Commitments – pledges of practical action by the faiths to support the SDGs. Included were significant aspirations around investing in line with their values.

April 2005

These consultations lead to the creation of a new independent foundation, 3iG – the International, Interfaith, Investment Group – to promote faith-consistent investing. 3iG undertakes some important research but it was ahead of its time and ultimately failed.

Dec 2016

ARC publishes the ground-breaking paper, Faith in Finance, which was commissioned by OECD and UNDP to explore the role of faiths as investors, particularly in connection to the strategic development goals (SDGs) created last year by the United Nations.

March 2007

ARC publishes the Atlas of Religion  which includes the first attempt to chart the faiths' investments worldwide. 

Oct 2017

ARC organises a landmark meeting of 50 faith traditions, investment houses, foundations and the UN in Zug, Switzerland. The meeting includes the publication of the Zug Guidelines outlining the investment priorities and of different faith traditions. By unanimous agreement, it is agreed a new alliance is needed to accelerate faith-consistent investing.

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The Zug Guidelines to faith-consistent investing

The Zug Guidelines were published at the Faith in Finance meeting, organised by the Alliance of Religions and Conservation and held in Zug, Switzerland in October 2017. 

 

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 the 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. Now more than 40 such guidelines exist.

 

CONTACT US

FaithInvest 

Registered charity number: 1187015

 

Address

FaithInvest

c/o Stone King LLP
Boundary House

91-93 Charterhouse St

London, EC1M 6HR, UK

Email

faithinvest@faithinvest.org

Telephone

+44 (0)117 214 1720

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