opportunity with integrity
The CFB is committed to seeking both superior returns and improving ethical standards.
We seek to improve the ethical profile of our portfolios by avoiding investments in particular businesses and encouraging better practices in others.
We view our investments as long term partnerships with company managements. We engage in constructive dialogue and practise active voting to challenge social, environmental and ethical considerations.
Ethical research integrated with financial analysis is key to our investment process. Fund managers are responsible for both financial and ethical analysis.
Comprehensive policy statements and position papers offer a reference for clients and a clear focus for fund managers.
The Joint Advisory Committee on the Ethics of Investment provides a unique and robust mechanism for testing ethical investment decisions against theological principles.
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the Methodist Church
The Joint Advisory Committee on the Ethics of Investment (JACEI) provides CFB with advice on ethical issues and reports to the Methodist Conference on CFB compliance with the aims and objectives of the Church.
The JACEI Report is produced for the Methodist Conference outlining its activities each year. An abbreviated version is also produced. Together they provide a comprehensive survey of the issues that we have addressed.
Active membership of global networks and partnerships provide a powerful united voice when dealing with multinational corporations and assist us and our clients to make informed ethical investment decisions.
The Stewardship Code
The Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church supports investor engagement with companies and is a signatory to the Financial Reporting Council's Stewardship Code
Mission, Policy Statements
and Position Papers
- Alcohol related companies
- Caste discrimination
- Children's issues
- Climate change
- Financial intermediaries
- Food industry
- Human rights and conflict
- Israel and Palestine
- Military exposed companies
- Contractors supplying military and security services
- Mining companies and other extractive industries
Our ethics are based on Methodist Church principles. We welcome feedback on an ethical issue. If you would like to discuss these please contact CFB Relationship Manager Bill Lane on 020 7496 3630 or Chair of JACEI John Howard on 020 7467 5245.