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)
  • Archdiocese of Cape Town (South Africa)
  • Archdiocese of Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
  • Archdiocese of Palermo (Italy)
  • Archdiocese of Salerno – Campagna – Acerno (Italy)
  • Archdiocese of Suva (Fiji)
  • Archdiocese of Vercelli (Italy)
  • Artist caring environmentally/Artist Against Fracking (Canada)
  • Australian Jesuits (Australia)
  • Bank im Bistum Essen eG (Germany)
  • Bank für Kirche und Caritas eG (Germany)
  • Bankhaus Schelhammer & Schattera (Austria)
  • Broederlijk Delen (Belgium)
  • Caritas India (India)
  • Caritas Internationalis (Vatican City)
  • Catholic Action for Animals (UK)
  • Catholic Charities Diocese of Stockton (US)
  • CatholicNetwork.us (US)
  • Catholic Parish cluster St Pius, St. Mary, St. Anthony (US)
  • 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)
  • Church Women United in New York State (US)
  • Communauté Mission de France (France)
  • Diocesi of Assisi (Italy)
  • Diocese of Caserta (Italy)
  • Diocese of Gubbio (Italy)
  • Diocese of Pescara (Italy)
  • 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 Conference of Belgium (Belgium)
  • Federation of Christian Organisations for the International Voluntary Service (FOCSIV) (Italy)
  • Focolare Movement (Italy)
  • Franciscan Friars TOR Society (Bangladesh)
  • Franciscan Sisters of Mary (USA)
  • Gasthuiszusters Augustinessen van Leuven (Belgium)
  • Georgetown University (USA)
  • Greenaccord onlus (Italy)
  • Human Life International Kenya (Kenya)
  • Il Dialogo (Italy)
  • Indian Catholic Matters (India)
  • Institut Notre-Dame du Bon-Conseil de Montréal (Canada)
  • 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)
  • Justice and Peace National Commission (Portugal)
  • Lay Dominicans (Rwanda)
  • Lega consumatori (Italy)
  • Marist Sisters (Australia)
  • MASCI (Italy)
  • MASCI Umbria (Italy)
  • Mercedarias Misioneras de Berriz (International)
  • Mercy International Association (Ireland)
  • MGR Foundation (USA)
  • Missionarissen van Scheut (Belgium)
  • Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (UK)
  • Missionary Society of St. Columban (International)
  • Movimento Cristiano Lavoratori (Italy)
  • Netwerk Rechtvaardigheid en Vrede (Belgium)
  • Newman University (UK)
  • Nomadelfia (Italy)
  • 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, 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)
  • RAAD Red Argentina de Ambiente y Desarrollo (Argentina)
  • RELAI (Argentina)
  • Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (International)
  • 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)
  • 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 Loretto (USA)
  • Sisters of Mercy, Northern Province (Ireland and Northern Ireland)
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambery (Ireland)
  • SSM Health (USA)
  • 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)
  • 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)