United Women in Faith to be Honored by the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
For Immediate Release
NEW YORK, March 28, 2022 – United Methodist Women (now United Women in Faith), will be honored during the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility’s “ICCR at 50: Keeping the Faith” gala. The virtual event will be held March 31 at 5:30 p.m. ET. The honor recognizes United Women in Faith as one of the original founders of this effort, which arose out of the work against apartheid in South Africa and has extended its reach to promoting corporate accountability for deleterious impacts on people and the planet.
“We are proud to be a part of the work of the Interfaith Center for Corporate responsibility and are grateful to be recognized as we engage is this work together,” said Harriett Jane Olson, general secretary and CEO of United Women in Faith. “Given the current state of the climate crisis, we know that we cannot rest on our laurels; our advocacy to ensure corporate responsibility around climate, diversity and inclusion, conditions for workers and other urgent matters must intensify. Threats to the planet show no sign of slowing down and the pandemic has laid bare the gender and racial disparities that must be addressed, as well as raising important issues of governance and executive compensation. While we celebrate the longevity and the impact we have made together, we know that the work demands ongoing active involvement and engagement.”
“From the recent IPCC report, we know that the climate crisis is escalating to a degree where the damage caused by pollution may be irreversible,” said Elizabeth Chun Hye Lee, executive for environmental and economic justice and climate justice lead for United Women in Faith. “Consequently, people across the world will continue to be impacted by rising sea levels and floods, reduced farmland and increasing drought, deadly heatwaves, extinction of plant and species. These realities will fall harshest on frontline communities, including women and children, persons living in poverty, and communities of color, even though corporate actors are most responsible for negative impacts on the climate.”
United Women in Faith was an original founder of the ICCR in 1971. From the moment of its creation, United Methodist Women supported the organization’s commitment to building a shareholder coalition committed to justice and sustainability.
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