Pope Francis has called on the world to find ways to use money to serve people. IMPACT INVESTING—investments made with the intention to generate measurable social and environmental impact alongside financial return—holds great promise as a tool to serve the poor. By unlocking significant amounts of private capital to complement public resources and charitable donations, impact investing presents the opportunity to utilize market-based solutions to foster social justice and to help solve global challenges such as sustainable agriculture, affordable housing, accessible healthcare, clean energy, and financial services for the poor.
The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (PCJP), Catholic Relief Services, and the Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame convened a two-day Impact Investing symposium at The Vatican on June 16-17, 2014. The "Investing for the Poor" conference was an opportunity to learn core concepts of impact investing, to discuss how it aligns with Church mission, and to discern how the Church might use or promote impact investing to serve the poor.
His Holiness Pope Francis delivered the following Welcome Message at the 2014 Conference.more » « less