Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) can be defined as a corporation’s need to take into account the social, environmental and human effects it has on the community and its employees. CSR is driven by shareholder activism that brings perspective, education, and awareness to corporations, and leverages ownership of shares in the company to make the voices of those less powerful heard.
- CSR looks at the most effective ways we can fulfill the mission of the church and leave the world a better place.
- CSR is a strategy for achieving our mission within the world of faith and finance.
- CSR engages companies with the moral and theological perspective of ethical action.
- CSR emphasizes good corporate governance, environmental responsibility, humane labor practices and human rights in its witness to corporations.
- CSR responds to the leading of the United Church of Christ, but is also broadly ecumenical through participation in the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR).
- CSR is not just something the Pension Boards does, but something we encourage everyone to do – to become educated about their investments and consider shareholder activism as a social justice tool.
- CSR balances the interests of beneficiaries of invested funds with the historic witness of the UCC to justice, equality and human rights.
- CSR is about “positive investment” in companies that promote best practices, fair employment practices, concern for the environment, and economic development.
- CSR is about caring enough to engage directly with the persons who can bring about positive change.
The Pension Boards, both directly and through its membership in the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, engages in a program of corporate social responsibility in order that the retirement benefits held in trust for its members and annuitants are invested in a socially responsible way.