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Can the choices we make with money change the world for the better?
Questions around how we use, share and act justly with money are found throughout the Bible.
Our Money Makes Change resources and events equip you to make connections between money, faith and the change you want to see in the world.
Take action now to seek justice, love your neighbour and care for creation. Explore the sections below to find out more.
If you are already joining the dots between your faith and your finances, we encourage you to share these ideas and resources with others.
Looking for church resources? Get your church involved here.
Explore the actions below to start connecting your faith and your finances. There are lots of steps you can take to help shape a fairer, more sustainable world.
What do you know about your bank’s values and practices? It’s important to think about how your money is being used.
- Who does your bank lend to? What do they invest in? Use the Switch It tool or Bank.Green website to see if your bank is financing the fossil fuel industry. Find out if your bank invests in nuclear weapons.
- Choose a more ethical bank. Do your research with Ethical Consumer, the Good Shopping guide or Good with Money. The Current Account Switch Guarantee makes it easy to move your money.
- If you switch, do write to your old bank and let them know why you left! Contact us if you’d like help with this.
- Consider alternatives to banks. Building societies and credit unions are often an ethical option. Support your local credit union.
- Share our ethical banking article with friends, family or your church.
If you have a pension it may be invested in companies and sectors you view as harmful. Is it time to take a closer look at your pension?
- Find out from your pension provider what your money is currently invested in, and consider switching to an ethical fund.
- Watch this recording of a recent training session we ran on pensions. Learn more about your pension with ShareAction’s resources.
- Join the Make My Money Matter campaign and speak out for pensions to be invested in building a better world.
- Find out how much of your local council’s pension fund is invested in fossil fuels.
- Share our ethical pensions article with friends, family or your church.
If you have savings and investments, use them to ensure a more hopeful future for everyone.
- Ethical investment is not just for the wealthy. You could choose to save a small amount each month in an ethical stocks & shares ISA or savings account, or use a crowdfunding platform to help a social enterprise get started. The Big Exchange, Ethex and Energise Africa all offer accessible ways to get started.
- Decide what you want to AVOID (choose not to invest in) and EMBRACE (choose to invest in for positive change). Think about where you might use your investments to ENGAGE with companies (for example through shareholder action).
- Seek out funds that are trying to shape a fairer, more sustainable world. Good with Money has a useful guide to ethical and sustainable funds.
- Share our ethical investment article with friends, family or your church.
- We can’t give financial advice so you may want to contact an independent financial adviser. The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) directory is a good place to start.
- Look for ethical accreditation schemes like the Fairtrade Mark, Living Wage employers and the Fair Tax Mark.
- Choose to buy from ethical businesses like social enterprises, co-operatives and B Corps.
- Switch to a green energy supplier. It’s easy to do via the Big Clean Switch.
- Use research and ratings from Ethical Consumer or the Good Shopping Guide to make decisions around your purchases.
- Do you really need to buy it? To avoid waste and reduce your carbon emissions, think carefully before you buy something new. Reduce, reuse, recycle or buy second hand instead. Explore Green Christian’s Joy in Enough project.
As an individual you may feel like you are too small to make a difference, but together we can hold companies accountable. Here are just a few ways you can take action:
- Get involved with Church Action for Tax Justice and campaign for a fairer, greener tax system where individuals and corporations pay their fair share.
- Speak up for garment workers’ rights with Labour behind the Label.
- Join the campaign for a real Living Wage or get involved in the Fair Energy Campaign with Citizens UK.
- Support the work of the London Mining Network who monitor human rights abuses and stand alongside mining-affected communities around the world.
- Become an AGM Activist with Share Action. Ask powerful questions to challenge the bosses of the world’s largest companies on the issues that matter to everyone.
Making changes to the way you use money and speaking out for justice requires courage and commitment. Take time to reflect on what you feel called to do.
- Use our guided prayer resource to prayerfully review the decisions you make with money or use this simple prayer:
God of love, help me to listen to what you require of me,
To understand your challenge to do justice,
To be moved by your call to love kindness,
To see more clearly the way to walk humbly with You.
Help me be a wise, just and generous steward
of the resources entrusted to me,
To shape a fairer world for all.