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Wespath's comprehensive approach to sustainable investment considers the impact of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors as they relate to investment management. We focus on sustainable investment activities that strengthen our potential to consistently achieve strong, long-term financial returns.

Sustainable Investment Strategies

Wespath uses a framework for sustainable investing that's focused on performance with the benefit of impact. This involves three components: invest, engage and avoid.

We invest in companies that demonstrate meaningful social and environmental impact to seek higher returns. We actively engage companies and policymakers by urging them to adopt sustainable practices and policies. Finally, we avoid certain investments due to ethical exclusions or because they pose sustainability-related financial risks.

Sustainable Investment Resources

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Investment Exclusions

Wespath seeks to avoid investing in companies that produce and/or provide products and services that are not aligned with United Methodist values, or that reflect excessive sustainability risk.

Investment Exclusions

Wespath seeks to avoid investing in companies that produce and/or provide products and services that are not aligned with United Methodist values, or that reflect excessive sustainability risk.

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Shareholder Engagement

Wespath urges global policymakers and corporations to administer sustainable practices and policies, which we believe will lead to greater financial security and improved investment returns.

Shareholder Engagement

Wespath urges global policymakers and corporations to administer sustainable practices and policies, which we believe will lead to greater financial security and improved investment returns.

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Positive Social Purpose Lending Program

Wespath invests in affordable housing and community development loans in the U.S. as well as other lending opportunities for underserved populations around the world.

Positive Social Purpose Lending Program

Wespath invests in affordable housing and community development loans in the U.S. as well as other lending opportunities for underserved populations around the world.

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Human Rights

Wespath seeks to influence positive change and advocate for human rights around the globe to further the development of healthy financial markets and resilient companies leading to greater financial security for our participants and institutional investors.

Human Rights

Wespath seeks to influence positive change and advocate for human rights around the globe to further the development of healthy financial markets and resilient companies leading to greater financial security for our participants and institutional investors.

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Climate Change

Wespath's Climate Action Plan provides a framework for all our climate-related investment activities, helping us identify, assess and systematically manage climate-related risks and opportunities.

Climate Change

Wespath's Climate Action Plan provides a framework for all our climate-related investment activities, helping us identify, assess and systematically manage climate-related risks and opportunities.

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Proxy Voting

Proxy voting is an important tool for fiduciaries, as it offers one way to express concerns and encourage sustainable business practices.

Proxy Voting

Proxy voting is an important tool for fiduciaries, as it offers one way to express concerns and encourage sustainable business practices.

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Strategic Partners

Wespath collaborates with other sustainable investors and organizations dedicated to corporate accountability and sustainability.

Strategic Partners

Wespath collaborates with other sustainable investors and organizations dedicated to corporate accountability and sustainability.

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Wespath Cares Videos

This video series shares the stories of the individuals who are positively impacted by the microfinance loans made available through our PSP Lending Program.

Wespath Cares Videos

This video series shares the stories of the individuals who are positively impacted by the microfinance loans made available through our PSP Lending Program.

Public Policy Statements

Wespath Benefits and Investments (Wespath) periodically writes letters to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding proposed rules.

Public Policy Statements

Wespath Benefits and Investments (Wespath) periodically writes letters to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding proposed rules.


Wespath Benefits and Investments implements the sustainable investment strategies for investment funds made available through it and its subsidiaries, including Wespath Institutional Investments. Except where noted, our investments are screened in accordance with the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church. Wespath’s board of directors approves these guidelines.

Wespath was one of the original signatories to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), a multi-stakeholder initiative dedicated to promoting and incorporating environmental, social and governance factors into investment decision-making. Learn more about the PRI and Wespath’s involvement in this initiative.