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Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) involves monitoring our investment portfolio from a moral and ethical perspective and exercising our rights and responsibilities as shareholders to hold corporations accountable for their social and environmental policies and practices.

Why Do We Engage in Corporate Social Responsibility

We engage in Corporate Social Responsibility in order to fulfill the congregation’s mission to “direct our corporate resources to the promotion of justice, peace, and reconciliation” and thereby to effect change toward social and environmental justice.

Corporate Engagement 2015-2016

Every day the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia work to “connect the dots” and to find solutions to the innumerable challenges of life on our little planet, Earth. Care of creation has been and will continue to be a critical component of our work in shareholder advocacy as noted in our many ongoing engagements. The congregation does not have major investments in extractive or fossil fuel companies other than what we need for shareholder advocacy.

Click here for brief action summaries giving insight into our shareholder engagement for 2015-2016.

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THE CONGREGATION HOLDS ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP IN:

Our membership in the organizations listed above as well as our active collaboration with organizations such as Ceres, Franciscan Action Network, Christian Brothers Investment Services, Walden Asset Management, Boston Common Asset Management and many other SRI managers enable us to effect change at the corporate level.

We also maintain a collaborative relationship with several other Responsible Investor Coalitions

  • Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI)
  • Neumann University
  • The Catholic High School of Baltimore.

Read some of the outcomes of our work in Corporate Social Responsibility.

For more information about Corporate Social Responsibility, contact us.

Active Action

In Fight to Reduce Carbon Emissions, Investor Coalition Seeks to Turn Corporate Promises into Action (Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility)

NEW YORK, NY, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2016Members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), announced that  they sent letters to over 100 publicly held companies encouraging them to make good on statements that they would adopt science-based GHG reduction goals within the next two years.

ICCR is a coalition of faith- and values-based shareholders representing over $200 billion in invested capital who advocate for greater corporate responsibility on social and environmental concerns, including climate change. The letters were signed by 60 institutional investor members who argue that the setting of science-based targets is in the best long-term interests of the companies and the broader economy. Read more

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