THE LAUDATO SI'
What is the call of Laudato Si' for investors? Laudato Si' requires us to reflect on deeper questions of value, purpose, and identity as we respond to the ecological crisis. As you embark upon your Laudato Si' Investor journey, start here to find resources, reflections and roadmaps on ecological economics.
‘An integral ecology is inseparable from the notion of the common good, a central and unifying principle of social ethics.'
– Laudato Si', 156
Here are some of the foundational resources that underpin the Living Laudato Si' resource and inspiration space.
‘Truly much can be done!'
– Laudato Si', 180
WHY ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS?
Modern economic life is governed largely by the idea of the market, the pursuit of profit and economic growth. While such principles are important, this narrow concept of the economy is inadequate and even damaging to God’s creation.
Such a narrow vision fails to recognise that the earth’s resources belong to all – and they are finite. Ecological Economics, on the other hand, recognises that the economy exists within human society, which itself is embedded within the living planet – our common home.
To build an ecological economy that supports the common good, we are called to think differently how we use our resources and investments – as individuals and also as faith institutions. Actions could include sustainable production and consumption, ethical investments, divestment from fossil fuels and any activity harmful to the planet and the people, supporting circular economies, and prioritising care labour and protecting the dignity of workers.
CONNECTING WITH DEEPER PURPOSE
One of the challenges with the economy today is the disconnect between the purpose we aspire to in life and the practical financial choices we make as faith institutions. Reconnecting our deeper purpose, as well as the values that underpin it, to financial decisions is key to a sustainable future. It means striving for consistency across all our decisions.
The process for beginning this journey in faith organisations is called faith-consistent investing (FCI) – the reconnection of their faith values and their investment policies and guidelines.
Developing FCI policies and guidelines sets a strong foundation for faith organisations to show what they really care about, and develop their capacity to inform their investment service providers about which strategies and products they require. Click below to find out how to get support to align your faith and investment policies.