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Investment Criteria

The Portfolio Advisory Board evaluates investments in relation to the Gospel social principles. PAB members try to find ways to bring about change toward justice in the policies and operations of the corporations in which we hold investments. Our investment criteria fall under the following categories:

We encourage world peace through the production of non-military goods and services; we strongly support efforts made by corporations engaged in military production to convert to peacetime work.

We will not invest in the top
100 U.S. Department of Defense contractors or the top 100 worldwide defense contractors.
If a manager wishes to purchase stock in a company on either list, she or he must demonstrate that the defense contract is not weapons related.

Human Rights
We promote the protection of human dignity and human rights in the workplace achieved through fair labor practices, including the right to organize, adequate benefits, safe working conditions, empowerment of employees through training and development, and participatory decision-making by management and board membership.

We will not invest in corporations which are known to be discriminatory in their policies relating to hiring, wages, promotions and governance due to prejudices in the areas of gender, age, race, religion, culture, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or political affiliation.

We promote sensitivity to ecological balance, care of the environment, development of renewable energy sources, and the use of recycled materials.

We will not invest in corporations which dispose of hazardous waste improperly, have been cited for water, land and/or air pollution and have not taken corrective measures, or destroy either the land by strip mining or the rain forests by reckless cutting.

Community Reinvestment
We encourage corporations and financial institutions to utilize their profits in a just and responsible manner.

We will not invest in corporations or financial institutions which have a record of rejecting opportunities to invest in local projects that stabilize the economy in which they operate.

Quality of Life
We expect corporations to conform to truth in advertising, provide consumer protection and product purity and contribute to the enhancement of quality of life.

We will not invest in corporations which have a record of adverse policies/practices related to consumers, or manufacture hazardous/toxic chemicals, ecologically destructive herbicides and/or pesticides, or tobacco products used for personal consumption.

International Lending
We advocate the responsible use of monies by banks, insurance companies and brokerage firms.

We will not invest in financial institutions whose loans to less economically developed countries have conditions that hamper the countries’ growth and development.

Health Care
As Catholic providers of health care we understand health delivery as an essential expression of the healing ministry of Christ and not a mere economic commodity that can be bought and sold. We believe health care is fundamentally different from most other goods and services because it is essential to human dignity and necessary for the common good. Its primary purpose is to bring healing and create a healthier community, not earn a profit or return on capital for shareholders.

We will not invest in publicly held, for-profit health care provider companies, e.g., hospitals, physician organizations and management groups, HMOs and long-term or other rehabilitation centers.