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Fr. Séamus Finn, Chief of Faith Consistent Investment at the OIP Investment Trust and Chairman of Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, says companies that obey the law, are transparent, treat their employees well and respect the environment and their communities are likely to be more sustainable in the long run.
Happy World Water Day 2016! March 22nd, 2016
2016 Theme: Better Water, Better Jobs
In 1993 the UN General Assembly designated March 22 as World Water Day. Water is a critical global resource for human development. Yet not all populations, even within the same country, have equal access. In the U.S. Flint, Michigan is one recent example. The theme for this year’s observance is: “Better Water, Better Jobs.” It is a call for us to “recognize and support people and jobs whose work with water helps us all.”
Here are some alarming facts about water from Water.org:
- 1.8 billion people around the world lack access to safe water.
- The incidence of children suffering from stunting and chronic malnutrition — at least 160 million — is linked to water and sanitation.
- More than 840,000 people die from a water-related disease each year, including diarrhea caused by bad drinking water, hygiene and sanitation.
- Eighty-two percent of people who don’t have access to “improved” water live in rural areas.
- More than one-third of people worldwide lack access to a toilet, more than the number of people who have a mobile phone.
- Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease.
- The amount of safe water could drop by 40 percent in 15 years if people do not change the way they use water.
Read more about World Water Day 2016 and articles on Flint, MI from the Interfaith Council For Corporate Responsibility: http://www.iccr.org/world-water-day-2016
Visit the United Nation’s website to read more about events marking this observance: http://www.un.org/en/events/waterday/
PBS interviews ICCR leadership for segment on corporate responsibility January 12th, 2016
PBS recently conducted interviews with Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) leadership, including Fr. Séamus Finn, OMI (ICCR’s board chairman), Cathy Rowan and David Schilling for a piece on faith-based groups and their work around corporate responsibility. Watch the 8-minute segment here.
Oblate featured on International Business News Channel January 11th, 2016
Corporate Responsibility and the ‘Fiscal Cliff’ December 3rd, 2012
In this latest Huffington Post blog, Fr. Seamus Finn OMI argues that corporations benefit from the social and physical infrastructure for which we collectively pay. Hence, their tax contribution, or lack therof, needs to be part of the conversation. Read this timely and interesting post…
When Times Are Tough, True Leaders Emerge December 2nd, 2011
Fr. Seamus Finn’s most recent blog on Huffington Post focuses on the need for “corporate leadership to find their voice in the conversation, re-evaluate their role in the economy and promote the social responsibility of the corporations that they lead.”