No, it’s not this kind of screen…

Screen

As the name implies, investment screens “screen out” investments which the Church deems inappropriate or socially irresponsible.  The ELCA has been voluntarily employing investment screens for a long time in areas such as:

• Alcohol production
• Environmental concerns
• Gambling
• Weapons manufacturers
• Pornography
• Private prisons; and
• Tobacco

Resolution C2 as it is currently worded will require Portico (the Church’s retirement/benefits administrator) to implement a new human rights screen, one that will help the Church avoid profiting from the suffering and oppression of others, wherever that oppression is taking place in the world.  C2 makes perfect sense.

You can read more about the ELCA’s corporate responsibility policies here.