1. We presented to the 2018 Church Investors Group (CIG) conference on power and accountability in the technology sector and the role of charities and churches in holding such investee companies to account, either directly or through fund managers. In particular, we encouraged CIG members to ensure:
- that the technological companies in which they invest have a clearly identifiable, transparent and reported ethical value base which transcends the company from board level to the shop floor
- that the boards of these companies are sufficiently diverse to include both value carriers and individuals with current technological expertise such that the board is equipped to deal with all the challenges it faces
- that these companies adopt accepted guiding principles and are transparent about their lobbying
- both US and Chinese technology companies push for global ethical standards
- more industry wide action is taken such as the introduction of an industry board of ethics.
The CIG has adopted this theme as part of its new 'Stranded Humans' strategy going forward.
We also had an article on this subject published in Trust and Foundation News in 2018.
2. We had an article published in Charity Finance in 2018 on our divestment journey.