Faith in the SDG's - Mini Summit

Glasgow University Tower with Tree

Faith in the SDG's. How can faith based finance help to advance a Net Zero economy?

Tuesday 9 November 2021, 10:00 - 11:30

Kelvin Gallery, University of Glasgow and Online

Faith leaders have begun to take an increasingly active role in making the moral case for climate action, with the most notable recent example being the joint declaration between the Pope, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Ecumenical Patriarch. Across the world, faith groups have always played an important role in embedding values into everyday life, including as pioneers of values-based finance.

This summit, delivered in partnership with FaithInvest, UKIFC, Wahed Invest and Church of Scotland, sought to build upon the historical role that faith groups have played in ethical finance by bringing together representatives from a number of faiths traditions. It explored the religious response to climate change, showcasing some of the initiatives which are successfully translating faith values into financial practice and asking what more can be done by faith groups to successfully finance a transition to Net Zero.


  • Lorna Gold, Director of Movement Building, Faith Invest
  • Lord Wallace, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
  • Lord Alderdice, Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford
  • UmerSuleman, General Manager, UK at Wahed Invest
  • Martin Palmer, Founding President & Interim Chief Executive, FaithInvest
  • Graham Burnside, UKIFC
  • Eric Sukumaran, CEO, Oxford Faith-Aligned Impact Finance Project
  • Geraldine Burnett, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Gatehouse Bank
  • Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar Azman,Chairman, The International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF)

The UK hosted the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow from 31 October – 12 November 2021. The meeting brought countries together to work towards achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. 

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First published: 2 December 2021

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