Faith Groups and Social Responsibility

Written on: January 12, 2016

The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) is a coalition of long-term stockholders who have used their influence as investors for decades.  By pressing major corporations to divest from apartheid South Africa, to end human trafficking, to abolish modern slavery, and to support human rights, among other social justice issues they have used their investment dollars to effect change. This video is a look at one church’s recent efforts to get Walmart to stop selling high-capacity assault rifles. Featured is ICCR’s board chairman, Rev. Seamus Finn, who says the center’s ethical argument is simple: “The more a company is able to integrate a good, solid, social and environmental policy and governance policy into their model of business, then they will be around a lot longer.”

A crew from PBS visited the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) Fall Conference to conduct interviews for a piece they were developing for their Religion and Ethics Newsweekly on faith-based groups and their work in corporate responsibility. The 8 minute segment features Father Séamus Finn, Cathy Rowan and Rev. David Schilling.

PBS did an excellent job of highlighting the ethical responsibilities surrounding faith and investment through the work of Trinity Church and ICCR in pressing corporations on social and environmental concerns. Because the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart are among ICCR’s members, we are bringing this video to your attention. You are encouraged to share it broadly.

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