Take Action

Hold the business world accountable

Individual actions

  • 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.
  • Almost all of the UK’s major supermarket chains have signed up to the UK Plastics Pact to reduce plastic waste. Think about the supermarket you visit most and write to them or contact them on social media to find out whether they are on track to meet their targets.

Church and community actions

  • Put Tax Justice Sunday (14th June 2020) in your diary and use the resources provided by Church Action for Tax Justice to pray and take action.
  • Celebrate and support local ethical businesses, social enterprises and cooperatives. You could plot them on a map and organise a guided prayer walk between them all to give thanks for signs of hope in your local community.

Choose products that are ethical and fair

Individual actions

  • Look for the Fairtrade Mark on products like tea, coffee, sugar and chocolate when doing your shopping to ensure that farmers and producers around the world get a better deal.
  • Explore the Good Shopping Guide or resources from Ethical Consumer and use your spending power to help change the world for the better.
  • Choose products and services from companies that have the Fair Tax mark.

Church and community actions

  • Apply for Fairtrade status for your place of worship or commit to serving Fairtrade refreshments in your workplace. Make it fun with a Fairtrade quiz or cake stall.
  • Consider switching your church bank account to a bank that better fits your values. Visit Ethical Consumer to find out more about more ethical bank accounts.

Promote human rights and economic justice

Individual actions

  • If you have money to invest, use a tool like Ethex to do your research and invest in businesses that have a positive social impact.
  • Find out how to spot signs of modern slavery in your local area by watching this Salvation Army video. Seek advice or report a suspicion by calling the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700.

Church and community actions

  • Ensure you are paying the Living Wage to employees in your church. Find out more about being accredited as a Living Wage employer here.
  • Join the Citizens UK campaign on Living Wage and find out if there is a local community organising group that your church can get involved with.

Help fight climate change and environmental destruction

Individual actions

  • Make a switch to a Green energy provider. The Switch website can help you with your research and make it easy to change.
  • Take action with Christian Aid’s Big Shift Campaign and call on banks to stop investing in fossil fuels.
  • Sign ShareAction’s petition to make pension providers act in line with UN targets to stop the climate emergency.

Church and community actions

  • Switch your church’s energy supplier. Church of England parishes can use the Parish Buying website to switch their electricity to 100% UK-based renewable sources.
  • Join A Rocha UK’s amazing Eco Church scheme and work towards Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.
  • Put pressure on your local council to divest its pension fund from fossil fuel investments. Look for a group near you and get involved.