The Emerging Alignment of Financial Systems and Spiritual and Ethical Considerations
Climate change is cause and effect in the accelerating damage to nature brought about by our unsustainable practices, and in the consequent negative outcomes for society, and for the poor who are taking the brunt of the ill effects. Finance and civil society together can forge a way ahead to address this intertwined challenge, to transform and heal our world.
One of the main messages of the Pope Francis’ 2015 Encyclical Letter, On Care for Our Common Home, is that society and environment deteriorate or advance together. It articulates the connection between the two, between environmental and social justice, and the importance of that connection. The message of this historic document, and similar documents of other faiths and spiritualities, suggests common ground from which to change the game and the terms of the game.
• Peter Goldmark, past Chairman & CEO, International Herald Tribune; past President, Rockefeller Foundation
• Jackie VanderBrug, Managing Director and Investment Strategist, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management within the Global Wealth & Investment Management Division of Bank of America
• Hilary Irby, Global Co-Head, Global Sustainable Finance Group, Morgan Stanley
• S.E. Monsignor Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Chancellor of Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, The Vatican
• Rey Ramsey, Managing Partner, Centri Capital
• Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance, Office of the Governor, The State of New York