The Churches that are part of JPIT have a tradition of engaging proactively with companies to call for high ethical standards in production. As shareholders, consumers and influence, we have used our voice to call for better standards.
For decades, the churches have been strong supporters of the Fairtrade movement, calling for producer led standards and benefits to be embedded in production and supply.
The Methodist Church, Baptist Union and United Reformed Church all have investment protocols which proactively seek to invest in companies that adhere to high ethical standards. They avoid investment in companies that contribute to oppressive regimes or are guilty of human rights violations.
We have encouraged our members to shop responsibly, and use our voices to speak up for ethical consumerism and investment. We have spoken up against modern slavery in the UK, and around the world.