'Environmental protection cannot be assured solely on the basis of financial calculations of costs and benefits. The environment is one of those goods that cannot be adequately safeguarded or promoted by market forces.'
– Laudato Si', 190
LIVING LAUDATO SI'
Welcome to the Living Laudato Si' resource hub – a space for insights and inspiration to support organisations seeking to deliver on their ecological economics goals, inspired by the Pope's landmark 2015 Laudato Si' encyclical which calls on us all to 'hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor'. The hub provides inspiring stories, resources and guides to help them as they consider how to use their financial assets and investments for the common good.
'We have to realise that a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.'
– Laudato Si', 43
‘Many things have to change course but it is we humans, above all, who need to change.'
– Laudato Si', 202
WHY CREATE THE RESOURCE HUB?
Pope Francis' landmark 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si', inspired a global re-evaluation, both inside and outside the Catholic Church, of our relationship with the earth and those who inhabit it. Laudato Si’ calls us to journey towards sustainability in the spirit of integral ecology which is a key concept in Laudato Si' – 'everything is connected'.
In November 2021, the Laudato Si' Action Platform was launched as a collaboration between the Vatican, Catholic organisations, and 'all men and women of good will', with to encourage practical action for a better future. The Platform has seven goals, including Ecological Economics.
As our contribution to this global effort, FaithInvest has created Faith-Consistent Investing –Living Laudato Si' as a dedicated resource hub to support groups seeking to implement Ecological Economics – one of key goals identifed as requiring urgent action – as part of their efforts to bring Laudato Si' to life.
The hub provides resources, guides and case studies on approaches to financial stewardship in alignment with the ecological economics goal. It does not advise on investments or manage funds on behalf of any organisation. Instead, its aim to engage, support, inspire and energise.
Join us and share your experiences as, together, we grow this community of organisations working joyfully for people and planet.
FaithInvest is a global, not-for-profit network for religious groups and faith-based institutional investors. Our aim is to grow faith-consistent investing worldwide and we support all faiths with free resources, webinars and events and guidance on creating policies and guidelines to enable them to align their values with their investments. For those seeking more focused support, we can provide curated services.