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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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

September 1 – October 4 – World Day of Prayer for Creation 
September 1 was proclaimed as a day of prayer for creation by the Orthodox Church in 1989 and many other Christian churches have joined since then—such as the Anglican Church in 2012 and the Catholic Church most recently in 2015-2016. Read more on Sr. Julia Keegan’s blog.

Join us in Caring for Creation as you listen to Pope Francis invitation

Support the Pope’s Ecological Call and sign the Catholic Climate Change Petition:

Pray with Pope Francis “A Payer for the Earth.” See it on video and you’ll love it:

You may even want to check out the online course on Laudato Si between September 1 and October 4, the Feast of St. Francis: