Faith in SDGs

Faith in the SDGs

Exploring the opportunities for faith investors to align their investments to support climate adaptation and mitigation

In recognition of the role faith groups have played in the development of ethical finance we led the worlds first joint venture project between the Church and Islamic finance to launch the Edinburgh Finance Declaration – a shared values framework that can be used to underpin an ethical finance solution open to all society, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background.

Today, we are working with Her Majesty’s Treasury, Islamic Development Bank, State Bank of Pakistan, UNDP Indonesia and other institutions across the ‘Global South’ to raise awareness and align Islamic finance with the SDGs.

Looking ahead to COP26, involving faith groups represents an important avenue for action, ensuring their endowments are invested responsibly and including voices from around the world.

At COP26, we believe that faith-based finance has a key role to play, particularly in bringing diverse voices from around the world to the table to understand the shared values and goals which drive humanity.

An Introduction to the Faith in the SDGs Workstream

100 Days to COP | Faith in the SDGs| Omar Shaikh

Watch GEFI CEO Omar Shaikh discuss the Faith in the SDGs workstream, as part of our 100 Days to Cop Campaign


Events at COP

Wednesday 3rd November – HM Treasury,  Islamic Development Bank, State Bank of Pakistan and Ministry of Finance Indonesia and UN (Ross Priory, Loch Lomond) 

  • IF Social Finance - Dr. Ahmed Al Meraikhi (Humanitarian Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General), H.E. Dr. Muhammad Sulaiman Al Jasser (Chairman, Islamic Development Bank Group)​
  • IF & SDG Taskforce – the aforementioned plus the Econmic Secretary to the Treasury and Dr Reza Baqir (Governor, State Bank of Pakistan)​
  • HLWG Green Sukuk – the aforementioned plus Sri Mulyani Indrawati (Minister of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia), Dr Bandar Hajjar and Raja Amir Shah Raja Azwa (CEO, HSBC Amanah)​

Tuesday 9th November – FaithInvest, Edinburgh Finance Declaration, UKIFC (Glasgow University)

  • Faith in Finance Summit – Lord Wallace (Moderator, Church of Scotland), Lord Alderdice (Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford), Martin Palmer (Founding President & Interim CEO, FaithInvest),  Umer Suleman (UK General Manager, Wahed Invest), Lorna Gold, Director of Movement Building, FaithInvest)Click here to register for our Faith in Finance Summit

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