Just to let you know we're holding a public discussion at St Michael's Cornhill in the City of London on Thursday 6 October at 6.30pm. Join us to discuss Business, Markets and the Common Good: the Challenge of Laudato Si'. Chaired by James Featherby, chair of the Church of England’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group and chair of Bible Society, the event features:
Dr Sam Gregg, Director of Research at the Acton Institute, USA
Fr Augusto Zampini Davies, Theological Adviser to CAFOD
Sian Ferguson, Trust Executive, Sainsburys Family Charitable Trusts
Fr. Séamus Finn, OMI, Chair of Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, USA
T4CG is organising this discussion in partnership with the Benedict XVI Centre at St Mary's University, Twickenham. This is a mini update for the event only - our main newsletter will follow next week.
Laudato Si'(On Care for our Common Home), published by Pope Francis in June 2015, was a love letter to all mankind and an urgent call to tackle the global human and ecological crisis. Receiving an enthusiastic reception from the ecology community, both in and outside the Catholic Church, it found a more muted response from business and enterprise. We therefore have practical work to do in complementing Francis' powerful and inspiring summons.
Increasingly, data shows that the majority of investors want their assets to have a positive impact on society. This event will focus minds on what the finance and enterprise sectors can do, and are already doing, to be part of the global solution to inequality and climate change, while still delivering good returns. We hope this event will encourage and inspire, inform and nourish people of good will across the sector.
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