Responsible Investment

Our ambition is to be at the forefront of responsible investment practice. We believe that taking account of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues is an intrinsic part of being a good long-term investor, for both ethical and financial reasons.
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The Church Commissioners have always attached great importance to investing in a way that is consistent with Christian values. Together with the Church of England Pensions Board and CBF Church of England Funds, we sponsor the Church’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG) to ensure that we receive expert, independent advice on ethical investment matters. In 2010 we signed the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), committing us to incorporating ESG issues into our investment analysis and decision-making process.

We are delighted to have had our work recognised within the industry. The Commissioners were awarded A+ for Responsible Investment Strategy and Governance in our 2017 PRI assessment report, and the Financial Reporting Council rated our Stewardship Code Statement 'Tier 1'. The Asset Owner Disclosure Project gave the Commissioners
their highest rating for climate risk management, AAA, placing us in the top 12 asset owners globally out of 500 rated. The Commissioners won the Portfolio Institutional Award for Best Implementation of Responsible Investment and the Investment and Pensions Europe ESG and Climate Related Risk Management awards in 2016.

As well as PRI we are also part active through the Church Investors Group, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, and UK Sustainable Investment and Finance.