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Church Commissioners top rated for Responsible Investment by UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment

The Church Commissioners have again been highly rated for their work on Responsible Investment over the past year by a United Nations-backed organisation, receiving a series of 'A' ratings and scoring above-average in every category.

The report, supplied to each signatory of the Principles for Responsible Investment by the organisation of the same name (PRI), assesses progress and gives recipients a rating in a series of categories. The Commissioners again received the highest possible rating (A+) in the main strategy and governance category. They received A ratings for responsible investment in listed equity, private equity, credit strategies and indirect property, as well as receiving a B rating for responsible investment in direct property. In addition this was the first year the Commissioners have received an 'A' rating for engagement and voting, and comes after filing high-profile shareholder resolutions Glencore and ExxonMobil earlier this year.

Edward Mason, Head of Responsible Investment for the Church Commissioners, said "Responsible Investment is intrinsic to the Church Commissioners' work, and this report is a good sign that we are on track on our responsible investment journey. Working closely with the Church of England's shareholder engagement team, we will be seeking to build on what we have achieved throughout the rest of 2016 and beyond."

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Primer for Paris - Climate Change basics

With the Paris UN climate talks on the horizon Shrinking the Footprint have produced an introduction to Climate Change or primer for those who want to brush up on some basic background.

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Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

The Primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, has called on Anglicans everywhere to join Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Lutheran and other Christians in a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on 1 September.

The first day of September has become a significant date for Christians caring for the environment. The Orthodox Church has celebrated a Day of Prayer for the Environment on 1 September since 1989 and earlier this month Pope Francis established a ‘World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation’ in the Roman Catholic Church which will be held annually on the same date.

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Virtuous Circles

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A partnership between the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division, the Diocese of Hereford and architects Feilden Clegg Bradley has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The Virtuous Circles project aims to develop a sustainable new model for isolated rural places of worship as self-catering accommodation. Development funding of £49,700 has been awarded to help the partnership progress their plans to apply for a full grant at a later date and a project manager is currently being sought to oversee this work.

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