FOR PEOPLE AND PLANET
Our goal is to
help the faiths to
use their investments
to make a positive
impact on the world.
WHAT WE DO
FaithInvest works to accelerate and broaden faith-consistent, values-driven investing by providing a network for faith-based investors. We are a source of education, exchange and collaboration and a platform for investment ideas, opportunities and concepts. We are a voice for the faiths and values-driven investors and a bridge between the religious and the wider financial worlds.
We exist to help each specific tradition become pro-active investors, based on their core beliefs and values. We also link them to other faith investors to magnify their impact.
HOW DO WE DO THIS?
We help the faiths to develop ethically-driven investment policies consistent with their beliefs and values.
We act as a bridge between religious investors and the wider financial world (especially ethical finance).
We help develop pipelines of potentially investable projects, generated from within the faiths or from our wider network of secular partners such as WWF and UNDP.
We organise events on working with the faiths; ethical finance and opportunities for ethical investment partnerships.
Our education programme helps the faiths to expand their ethical investment practices. This includes specific faith-based online courses on green entrepreneurship and training on how secular and faith groups can work together.
WHAT WE DON'T DO
We are not fund managers.
We do not make investment decisions for the faiths.
Instead, we help the faiths to implement their own ethical investment policies in line
with their own core beliefs
WHY IS THIS NEEDED?
There are clear differences between faith groups, and between the faith traditions within faith groups. The faiths' needs and expertise in investments vary widely, with some faith groups employing highly professional faith investment groups and others lacking any experience in the financial markets. Some faith groups have a clear focus on impact investing while others have simple exclusionary portfolios. Our mission is to help the faiths – at all these different levels – to expand their values-based investing.
CHALLENGES FOR THE FAITHS
The faiths are good at not investing in industries they are against, such as tobacco or the arms trade. However, there is an opportunity to provide greater clarity about investing in the positive impact they seek in our world today.
Other challenges include:
The non-transparency around assets and investment programmes in many faiths both weakens the potential impact and complicates delivery of solutions.
It is difficult to develop common 'product', possibly confusing messaging to business and government entities.
These challenges run the risk of reducing the power, impact and leadership capabilities of some of the faiths in the world of values-based investing.
We launched FaithInvest
to address some of these challenges. At the most
basic level, our goal is to bring the faiths together as collaborative partners in the drive towards investing in the positive impact they seek
in our world today.
PILLARS OF SUPPORT
FaithInvest provides four pillars of support to help faith groups overcome these challenges.
We support a network for identifying and enabling faith-aligned investment opportunities across asset classes, including creating a pipeline of potentially investable projects.
FaithInvest is a source of education, interchange, and collaboration around investing in faith- and values-consistent projects including work with secular agencies.
We provide a platform for investment ideas and opportunities through information exchange, investable projects, due diligence, technical assistance and the pipeline programme.
We are a voice for our members seeking to amplify the faiths’ collective impact and to engage with other partners seeking values- driven investments.
Helping the faiths engage with and inspire the investing world.
Helping the investing world navigate and support the faiths.