Over the last few years, it has been great to see that there has been a lot of discussion and debate about the ethics of capitalism. However our new campaign is not just about speaking, it is about action, and so we are issuing a challenge to members to 'put your money where your mouth is'...
We are stepping into this new campaigning season with confidence, based on the successes of our campaigns for a Financial Transaction Tax and the separation of retail and casino banking. What were once considered fringe interests are now mainstream thinking, and this would not have happened without the many letters and emails written by Christians on the Left members over the years.
So over the coming months, we will be putting forward ideas for action and campaigning, building on the important work of groups such as the Living Wage Campaign and those who are calling for a cap on interest rates and curbs on doorstep lending. But our first priority is to encourage Christians on the Left and their churches to join in with the 'Move Your Money' campaign, and at a national level, to call for a regulatory shift that enables greater shareholder responsibility and participation.
In short, we want people to see that how and where they invest says as much about their values as possibly any other area of life. After all, where we put our money reveals our true priorities. The other aspect of “where our mouths are” is that financial transactions are meant to be built on relationships. The very word credit after all is derived from credo, implying a belief and trust between lender and borrower, buyer and seller, shareholder and corporate impact. Sadly however the relational aspect has been slowly but surely driven out of financial transactions. We will be campaigning to see this change.
Join our campaign and pledge to put your money where your mouth is here.
Think of the snowball effect of thousands of people moving their money to places where profit isn’t the only bottom line. It has happened with fairly traded coffee, bananas and chocolate, so why not with money?