Uniting Financial Services has been established to provide financial leadership and advice to the Synod. This includes the key role that UFS plays on the Ethical Investments Monitoring Committee (EIMC) and in championing the Church's investment approach.UFS achieves this by Managing the Church's funds professionally, prudently, ethically and profitability with due attention to the management of risk.
The policy of the Uniting Church in Australia (Synod of NSW and ACT) is to avoid making investments which encourage or profit from activities which create goods or services that have unacceptable harmful effects on people or the environment and which cannot be avoided by prudent, practical controls. Investments by any Church body are to be evaluated against the Principles contained in our Ethical and ESG Investment Policy and only those classified as positive or neutral may be undertaken. An Ethical Investments Monitoring Committee has been established to oversee the implementation of this Policy.
These rules apply to all kinds of investments, including, but not limited to shares, loans, fixed income securities, infrastructure and property, held directly or via a collective investment vehicle.