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D016 Being Socially Responsible Investors In Palestine and Israel
Topic: Responsible Investment

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Proposer:

The Very Rev. Walter Brownridge

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Resolved, The House of Deputies concurring, that the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church align its investment practices with its moral values as articulated in the baptismal promises “to respect the dignity of every human being” and “to work for justice and peace;” and be it further

Resolved, That the Episcopal Church will work earnestly and with haste to avoid profiting from the illegal occupation of Gaza and the West Bank, and will seek to align itself with, and learn from, the good work of our Ecumenical and Anglican Communion partners, who have worked for decades in support of our Palestinian Christian sisters and brothers and others oppressed by occupation, particularly the Board of Governors of the Church of England and their report of 2006, which states that they will no longer invest in companies that profit from the illegal occupation of Gaza and the West Bank; and be it further

Resolved, That the 78th General Convention direct the Executive Council Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to develop a list of U.S. and foreign corporations that provide goods and services that support the infrastructure of Israel’s Occupation for their Fall 2016 meeting to be reported to the Church and to maintain and update such a list annually; and be it further

Resolved, That the 78th General Convention direct the Executive Council to identify a list of products made and businesses present in illegal settlements for their Spring 2016 meeting to be communicated to the Church; and be it further

Resolved, That The 78th General Convention directs the Executive Council to continue to monitor its investments and apply its CSR policy to any possible future investments in companies identified on the above requested lists.