WHO IS DIVESTING AND WHY?

Divestment is the opposite of investment–it is the removal of investment capital from stocks, bonds, or funds. The global divest-invest movement is asking institutions to move their money out of oil, coal, and gas companies for both moral and financial reasons, and encouraging reinvestment of those resources in clean energy companies that will help solve the climate crisis while tackling energy poverty.

The institutions that have divested include Caritas Internationalis, Catholic banks with balance sheets of more than €7 billion, archdioceses and dioceses, lay organizations, and religious communities.

Catholic institutions that have committed to divest fully or partially:

  • Abdij OLV van Nazareth (Belgium)
  • Africa Europe Faith and Justice Network (Belgium)
  • Aggiornamenti Sociali (Italy)
  • ALTIS – Graduate School Business & Society of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy)
  • AMECEA – Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (Kenya)
  • Archdiocese of Cape Town (South Africa)
  • Archdiocese of Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
  • Archdiocese of Malta (Malta)
  • Archdiocese of Palermo (Italy)
  • Archdiocese of Panamá (Italy)
  • Archdiocese of Napoli (Italy)
  • Archdiocese of Salerno – Campagna – Acerno (Italy)
  • Archdiocese of Salzburg (Austria)
  • Archdiocese of Semarang (Indonesia) – NEW (May 2020)
  • Archdiocese of Siracusa (Italy)
  • Archdiocese of Suva (Fiji)
  • Archdiocese of Vercelli (Italy)
  • Archdiocese of Vienna – Austria
  • Artist caring environmentally/Artist Against Fracking (Canada)
  • Asociación ATTA (Spain)
  • Asociación Civil Eco Raíces (Argentina) – NEW (May 2020)
  • Australian Jesuits (Australia)
  • Austrian Bishops Conference (Austria)
  • Bank im Bistum Essen eG (Germany)
  • Bank für Kirche und Caritas eG (Germany)
  • Bankhaus Schelhammer & Schattera (Austria)
  • Broederlijk Delen (Belgium)
  • CAFOD (UK) 
  • Capítulo Argentina – Movimiento Católico Mundial por el Clima – NEW (May 2020)
  • Caritas Australia (Australia)
  • Caritas Philippines (Philippines)
  • Caritas India (India)
  • Caritas Internationalis (Vatican City)
  • Caritas Italy (Italy)
  • Caritas Norway (Norway)
  • Caritas Singapore (Singapore)
  • Catholic Action for Animals (UK)
  • Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (Philippines)
  • Catholic Charities Diocese of Stockton (US)
  • Catholic Church in Greece (Greece)
  • Catholic Laity Council of the Archdiocese of Jos (Nigeria)
  • CatholicNetwork.us (US)
  • Catholic Parish cluster St Pius, St. Mary, St. Anthony (US)
  • Catholic University of Eastern Africa (Kenya) – NEW (May 2020)
  • Catholic Welfare and Development (South Africa)
  • Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa – Kenya
  • CCFD-Terre Solidaire (France)
  • Center for Action and Contemplation (USA)
  • China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (China)
  • Christian Brothers European Province (Ireland) – NEW (May 2020)
  • Christian Life Community (Australia) – NEW (May 2020)
  • Church Women United in New York State (US)
  • Christian Life Community (Australia) – NEW (May 2020)
  • Communauté Mission de France (France)
  • Confederación Interamericana de Educación Católica – CIEC (Colombia) – NEW (May 2020)
  • Congregation of Jesus, English Province (UK) 
  • Creedon Educational Trust (Ireland) – NEW (May 2020)
  • Diocese de São José dos Campos (Brazil)  – NEW (May 2020)
  • Diocese of Arundel & Brighton (UK) – NEW (May 2020)
  • Diocese of Assisi (Italy)
  • Diocese of Caserta (Italy)
  • Diocese of Civitavecchia and Tarquinia (Italy)
  • Diocese of Eisenstadt (Austria)
  • Diocese of Feldkirch (Austria)
  • Diocese of Graz-Seckau (Austria)
  • Diocese of Gubbio (Italy)
  • Diocese of Gurk-Klagenfurt (Austria)
  • Diocese of Innsbruck (Austria)
  • Diocese of Lancaster (UK)
  • Diocese of Linz (Austria)
  • Diocese of Middlesbrough (UK)
  • Diocese of Ossory (Ireland) – NEW (May 2020)
  • Diocese of Padua (Italy)
  • Diocese of Pescara (Italy)
  • Diocese of San Carlos (Philippines)
  • Diocese of Savona – Noli (Italy)
  • Diocese of St. Pölten (Austria)
  • Diocese of the Holy Spirit of Umuarama in Paraná (Brazil)
  • DKM Darlehnskasse Münster eG (Germany)
  • Dochters der Liefde – Filles de la Charité (Belgium)
  • Environmental Science For Social Change (Philippines)
  • Episcopal Commision for Justice and Peace (Bangladesh) – NEW (May 2020)
  • Episcopal Conference of Belgium (Belgium)
  • Federation of Christian Organisations for the International Voluntary Service (FOCSIV) (Italy)
  • Focolare Movement (Italy)
  • Fondazione MAGIS (Italy) – NEW (May 2020)
  • Franciscan Action Network – NEW (May 2020)
  • Franciscan Friars TOR Society (Bangladesh)
  • Franciscan Sisters Minoress (UK)
  • Franciscan Sisters of Mary (USA)
  • Gasthuiszusters Augustinessen van Leuven (Belgium)
  • Georgetown University (USA)
  • Go Green Save Environments (Malawi)
  • Greenaccord onlus (Italy)
  • Hermanitas de la Asunción (Spain) – NEW (May 2020)
  • Human Life International Kenya (Kenya)
  • Il Dialogo (Italy)
  • Indian Catholic Matters (India)
  • Institut Notre-Dame du Bon-Conseil de Montréal (Canada)
  • Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (Australia)
  • International Association of World Peace Advocates (Nigeria)
  • Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference (Ireland)
  • Italian Jesuits (Italy)
  • Jesuit Conference of Africa – Justice and Ecology Office (Kenya)
  • Jesuit European Social Centre (Belgium)
  • Jesuit Province in Upper Canada (Canada)
  • Jesuits in Britain (UK) – NEW (May 2020)
  • Justice and Peace National Commission (Portugal)
  • Karuna Mission Social Solidarity (KMSS) – Caritas Myanmar (Myanmar) – NEW (May 2020)
  • Lay Dominicans (Rwanda)
  • Lega consumatori (Italy)
  • Little Company of Mary, Irish Province (Ireland) – NEW (May 2020)
  • Marino Institute of Education Trust Fund (Ireland) – NEW (May 2020)
  • Marist Sisters (Australia)
  • MASCI (Italy)
  • MASCI Umbria (Italy)
  • Mercedarias Misioneras de Berriz (International)
  • Mercy International Association (Ireland)
  • MGR Foundation (USA)
  • Military diocese of Austria (Austria)
  • Missionarissen van Scheut (Belgium)
  • Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (UK)
  • Mission Congregation of the Servants of the Holy Spirit (SSpS) – International
  • Missionary Sisters of St Columban (Ireland) – NEW (May 2020)
  • Missionary Society of St. Columban (International)
  • Movimento Cristiano Lavoratori (Italy)
  • Netwerk Rechtvaardigheid en Vrede (Belgium)
  • Newman University (UK)
  • Nomadelfia (Italy)
  • Oekologia (France)
  • Oikocredit Belgium (Belgium)
  • Passionists of Holy Hope Province (Netherlands)
  • Pax-Bank eG (Germany)
  • Pax Christi Düren (Germany)
  • Pax Christi Vlaanderen (Belgium)
  • Presentation Congregation Queensland (Australia)
  • Presentation Sisters, English Province
  • Presentation Sisters, North East Province (Ireland)
  • Presentation Sisters, South West Unit (Ireland)
  • Presentation Sisters Wagga Wagga (Australia)
  • Presentation Society of Australia and Papua New Guinea (Australia and Papua New Guinea)
  • Pro Civitate Christiana (Italy) – NEW (May 2020)
  • RAAD Red Argentina de Ambiente y Desarrollo (Argentina)
  • RELAI (Argentina)
  • Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (International)
  • Religious Sisters of Charity, English/Scottish Province (UK)
  • Rete Interdiocesana Nuovi Stili di Vita (Italy)
  • Sacro Convento (Italy)
  • Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco–Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in Milan and Naples (Italy)
  • Salvatorianen (Belgium)
  • Scarboro Missions (Canada)
  • School Sisters of Notre Dame (International)
  • Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (Scotland)
  • Secours Catholique (France)
  • Secretariado Latinoamericano MIEC-JEC (Ecuador) – NEW (May 2020)
  • Serafico Institute (Italy)
  • Sierra Leone Young Christian Student movement (Sierra Leone)
  • Siloe Monastic Community (Italy)
  • Sisters Clarissen of Ostend (Belgium)
  • Sisters of Charity of Jesus & Mary (Belgium)
  • Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (US)
  • Sisters of St. Dominic of Blauvelt (US)
  • Sisters of Loretto (USA)
  • Sisters of Mercy, Northern Province (Ireland and Northern Ireland)
  • Sisters of Saint Francis (US)
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambery (Ireland)
  • Smiling Simon Greenbuild Foundation (Nigeria)
  • Social Justice Ireland (Ireland)
  • SSM Health (USA)
  • Sisters of St Josephs of Peace (UK Province) – NEW (May 2020)
  • St Joseph’s Province of the Congregation of the Passion–English Province of the Passionists (UK)
  • St Mary of the Angels J&P Group (UK)
  • St.Patrick Missionary Society (Ireland)
  • Steyler Ethik Bank (Germany)
  • Tertiary Sisters of Saint Francis (Cameroon)
  • The Catherine Donnelly Foundation (Canada)
  • The Global Catholic Climate Movement (Italy)
  • The Mission Congregation of the Servants of the Holy Spirit (Global, General Curia)
  • The Passionists–Holy Spirit Province (Australia, NZ, PNG and Vietnam)
  • The Order of St Augustine – Irish Province (Ireland) – NEW (May 2020)
  • Trees for Uganda (Uganda)
  • Trocaire (Ireland)
  • Union of Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (International)
  • Ursulines of Chatham (Canada)
  • University of Dayton (USA)
  • Vicariaat Vlaams-Brabant – Mechelen (Belgium)
  • Wheaton Franciscan Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (USA)
  • Welzijnszorg (Belgium)
  • World Apostolate of Fatima (Pakistan)
  • Zusters van de Bermhertigheid (Belgium)
  • Zusters van Maria (Belgium)