The Church Leaders Call for Responsible Investment|
The aim of the Church Leaders Call for Responsible Investment is firstly to develop a common perspective among church leaders on what is responsible investment and secondly to serve as a tool to forge a broad based campaign of church leaders, leaders of other religious faiths and other civil society organisations for investment that serves the needs of people.
The Church Leaders Call is a living and growing document. We call on leaders and organisations to study the call made here and propose amendments and additions for a future revision.
The Bench Marks Foundation will be convening a conference in 2012 where we will adopt a revised version and launch an Africa-wide campaign for responsible investment.
Given the role of the private sector under apartheid the churches in 1993 became concerned about the role of business in a new South Africa along with a concern about South African business expansion into Africa. The question was: Would business respect human rights, promote human dignity, development and sustainable practices?
The churches felt that this might not be the case and called for a code of conduct to govern business, now called the Church Leaders Call for Responsible Investment.
This Call is in line with the churches' belief in human dignity and that people control their destiny. It is also based on the belief that land, air, water and ecosystems are placed in our care to nurture and use responsibly and safeguard for future life. The Call speaks to the ultimate command: "love they neighbour as they self".
Rt. Rev. Dr. Jo Seoka
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