Category Archives: Business & Finance

The new normal – from debt to credit

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Affirmation: God has and does adequately provide for the needs of all mankind in and through his creation. Analysis: The distribution of this provision has become hugely polarised, largely as a result of the debt-based money system espoused by most nations. At all levels from international to individual it has become normal to live in […]

Sustainable Fashion

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We were not made to find pleasure and identity in consumption. Instead, God made us all in his image and entrusted us with his creation; every individual has value and deserves quality of life, and we have the responsibility to both enjoy and steward the Earth. However, the dominant culture of the fashion industry does […]

Freedom from Debt Servitude

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All humans, made in the image of God, should be free from bondage to live freely. But increasingly, people (especially the young) are enslaved in heavy debt to pay for education, housing or necessities. Companies and governments are evermore indebted. Consequently, we are reverting to debt-slave societies where some may never be free of debt […]

Long-Term Commitments

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Affirmation: Financial services can spread risk and benefits in ways which are good for everyone.  Insurance represents a pooling of risk against life’s tragedies and other uncertainties.  The provision of medium and long term finance enables businesses to grow. Analysis: The financial sector has become self-serving, devoting too many resources to trading for trading’s sake […]

Fair Handling of Resources

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Affirmation: The resources of the world exist for the benefit of everyone in the world. Analysis: Businesses use tax rules and other devices to transfer wealth from one country to another, depriving the countries in which goods are produced and sold of revenue which ought to be expended for the benefit of the people in […]

Responsible Power

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Affirmation: People are more likely to wield power effectively and responsibly when there are effective mechanisms which hold them to account. Analysis: Some businesses, particularly banks, have become too large for anyone to control or understand how they are operating. Action: Businesses which are too big should be taxed more heavily or should be broken […]

Investor Relations

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Affirmation: We need capitalism to serve society. Analysis: Done well, capitalism is the best method we know of creating wealth and raising communities out of poverty. The narrow pursuit of short-term shareholder profits damages human relationships and trust, and gives rise to poor and often scandalous outcomes. It is also destroying the environment. B Corporations, […]

Balance of Work Life

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We affirm that an appropriate balance between work and rest (epitomised in the biblical teaching of Sabbath) is vital for personal wellbeing, healthy families and strong communities. However, the competitive culture of many companies expects employees to continue responding to demands outside normal working hours. This expectation does not respect personal boundaries or the physical, […]

A call against sexualised advertising

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We affirm the innate beauty of the human body, of which only one part is derived from its sexuality. However, the advertising industry has distorted the human image by casting women increasingly as objects of sexual gratification, and using that image to sell products and services. Therefore, we 1) challenge businesses to publicly move away […]