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Press Release

Faith in Capitalism Conference Held at the London Central Mosque

17 June 2009

In a rare collaboration between faith institutions and investment managers, the Three Faiths Forum and The International Interfaith Investment Group-3iG teamed up with CCLA Investment Management and the Fortune Group and an audience of over 100 City professionals to work out new paradigms for responsible investment.

“In the post-crisis world, the balance of economic power will slowly shift from the secular West to become more widely shared, geographically and culturally, with one major consequence being that principles of faith and social exigencies will play a much bigger role in investment management,” said Mark Ebert, Executive Director of the Three Faiths Forum and, at the same time, Chairman of the Fortune Group. Exploring the direction of the new demands of “thoughtful investors” was the focus of the conference, entitled, “Faith in Capitalism”.

The venue itself, the Islamic Cultural Centre of the London Central Mosque, was highly symbolic as the participants debated new paradigms for investment in the post crisis world. They looked toward faith-based institutions for guidance in establishing thoughtful criteria for investing, searching for better, longer-term solutions in the wake of the poor performance of traditional and even “alternative” investments during the crisis. Five expert investment advisers, each with a strong religious focus, provided their insight from practical experience. They included Mufti Abdul Kadir Bakatullah, Senior Imam of Finchley Mosque, Mr John Reynolds, Head of the Ethical Investment Advisory Group Church of England, Dr Prem Sharma, Patron of South Asian Development Partnerships, Rabbi Mark Goldsmith, Principal Rabbi of the North Western Reform Synagogue and Katinka C. van Cranenburgh, Secretary General of 3iG. As Katinka van Cranenburgh concluded: “Clearly there exists a wide consensus amongst the faiths that faith consistent investing is a powerful tool in reaching a more sustainable world. Therefore, more dialogue and cooperation between the faiths is key.”

Another five expert investment advisers then provided new insights into sustainable and socially responsible investment strategies. They included Mr Mark Campanale, Director, Four Elements Capital, Mr Adam Ognall, Deputy Chief Executive, UKSIF -the Sustainable Investment and Finance Association, Helen Wildsmith, Head of Ethical & Responsible Investment, CCLA Investment Management, Naveen Raza, an Independent Consultant in Islamic Finance, and Miles Litvinoff, Co-ordinator, Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility.

With over 50,000 clients, CCLA Investment Management made it clear that there is unprecedented demand for faith-based and sustainable investment strategies. Mr. Campanale challenged investors: “With 450 sustainable investment and SRI funds to chose from, socially responsible investment is now clearly mainstream”. Ms. Raza advanced the idea that “The risk adjusted rate of return associated with SRI strategies has been superior to the that of the more mainstream investment products that have managed to bring the world financial system to the brink”.

The keynote address was delivered by The Right Honourable Stephen Timms MP, Financial Secretary to the UK Treasury, who said, “More and more people, many motivated by faith – want to know their money is making a positive contribution to the world as well. They want to know that their investments, as well as delivering financial returns to them, will have a positive impact on the world – helping to solve problems like world poverty, climate change, deforestation, human rights and child labour, or at least not making them worse”.

Other speakers included Geoge W. Mallinckrodt, KBE, President, Schroders plc, and Saadia Zahidi, Head of Constituents at the World Economic Forum.

For enquiries please contact:

Mark Ebert
Executive Director, Three Faiths Forum
Chairman, The Fortune Group

Katinka C. van Cranenburgh
Secretary General of 3iG, the International Interfaith Investment Group
+34 655 1313 25

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