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The Jesuit Committee on Investment Responsibility [JCIR]

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JCIR advocates for corporate behavior consistent with Catholic social teaching through dialogues with corporations, shareholder resolutions and proxy voting. JCIR works to expand awareness of socially responsible investment in Jesuit-related institutions; to organize and incorporate the resources of as many provinces as possible and to involve Jesuits in broad collaborative efforts with other members of the faith community committed to socially responsible investment.

Socially responsible investment (SRI) is, for Jesuits, the work of structural justice. It involves using the investment portfolios of the ten U.S. Jesuit provinces as well as the province of Upper Canada to influence corporate policy decisions that determine corporate operation in this country, and throughout the world. Our current engagements focus on corporations establishing human rights policies and ensuring sustainable water use. We partner closely with the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility and the Tri-State Coalition on Responsible Investing.  To learn more about socially responsible investing, read this article in The New York Times about the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, an ICCR member who have engaged Goldman Sachs, Kroger, McDonald's and Wells Fargo over the years.

Jesuit institutions also have the opportunity to make investments in places where traditional investment moneys do not flow, such as in community development loan funds which help develop the human capital, economic infrastructure and affordable housing stock in underserved, undercapitalized areas.

Jesuit institutions throughout the U.S. are collaborating with JCIR, incorporating socially responsible investing into classroom curriculum, co-filing on a shareholder resolution led by JCIR, and shaping the types of investments made by their institution. To learn more, read the JCIR 2015 annual report or contact Nick to get involved.

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PDF for Simon Lochbrunner’s JCIR article

PDF for John Sealey’s JCIR article

PDF for Mary Baudouin’s JCIR article

PDF for Keith Veron's JCIR article










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