The Church Investors Group is a membership organisation representing the charitable and pension funds of denominations, dioceses, religious orders and Christian based charities. The CIG has 62 members, predominantly drawn from the UK and Ireland, with combined investment assets of over £18bn.
The CIG in its current form dates from 1 January 2005, building on an informal ecumenical ethical investment network that had existed since 1973.
The Aims of the CIG are:
To encourage the formulation of investment policies based on Christian ethical principles and to assist each other in putting such policies into practice.
The CIG helps members actively develop and maintain investment policies that represent their faith and wider responsible investment practice. We publish in-depth research on issues that matter to our members and their constituents. Previous topics have included executive remuneration and climate change.
To encourage responsible business practices through engagement with company managements.
The CIG engages with business collectively with the goal of raising corporate standards. We have a track record of delivering the change that our members want to see. Recent engagement activity is detailed in our news section and annual reviews.
To share information and views on ethical matters related to investment.
The group meets together each June for a two day conference as well as a one day member meeting in November. These gatherings allow members to both hear from expert speakers and build contacts with fellow church investors.
The CIG does not dictate policy to our members, nor do we make public statements that are attributable to them.
The CIG’s terms of reference can be found here. The CIG Secretariat is provided by CCLA.