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Balance for Better

Vanessa Sanyauke

On International Women's Day, Vanessa Sanyauke, CEO and Founder of Girls Talk London, helps us think about what can be done to help achieve gender balance around the world.   More »

Posted: 08 Mar 2019

Job Vacancy: Director of St Paul's Institute

St Pauls Institute

We're recruiting! We are looking for a highly skilled and experienced leader to steer St Paul's Institute.   More »

Posted: 18 Feb 2019

Who is welcome here?

Katie Harrison

Who is welcome here? That's the question the Bishop of London and a panel of city leaders will explore at the next St Paul's Institute event, on Monday 18 February.   More »

Posted: 12 Feb 2019

What does 2019 hold?

St Pauls Institute

We asked some leading thinkers to predict a challenge, opportunity or ethical dilemma likely to face the financial sector in the UK during the next twelve months...   More »

Posted: 09 Jan 2019

Highlights from 2018

St Pauls Institute

As 2018 draws to a close, we look back on some of highlights of the last 12 months.   More »

Posted: 20 Dec 2018

Understanding Output - An economist's perspective

Professor Jagjit Chadha

Professor Jagjit Chadha helps us think through the productivity problem and explains why economic growth matters.   More »

Posted: 26 Nov 2018

Building Trust: with Purpose

Rhian Johns

Rhian Johns shares why trust in business matters more than ever.   More »

Posted: 12 Nov 2018

A Rich Tapestry of Communities

Robert Hughes-Penney

Robert Hughes-Penney, an Alderman of the City of London, helps us to think about the important role of community in the City.   More »

Posted: 05 Nov 2018

Mental Health and the City of London

Jasvir Singh

On World Mental Health Day, Jasvir Singh reflects on the importance of mental health awareness in City firms.   More »

Posted: 10 Oct 2018

Can we Organise Cities for Good?

Richard Blyth

Richard Blyth of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) reflects on ways the built environment implicitly indicates who is welcome in a community.   More »

Posted: 20 Sep 2018

Give me your tired, your poor

Barbara Ridpath

Barbara Ridpath, the former director of St Paul's Institute, reflects on a recent visit to Ellis Island.   More »

Posted: 10 Aug 2018

London Living Wage could be the biggest attack on poverty since creation of Welfare State

Tim Thorlby

The widespread adoption of the Living Wage across London would be the biggest attack on poverty since the foundation of the Welfare State, because it would lift 700,000 people and their families out of poverty.   More »

Posted: 02 Aug 2018

The Only Constant is Change

Canon Tricia Hillas

The Reverend Canon Tricia Hillas, Canon Pastor at St Paul's Cathedral shares her heart and vision for St Paul's Institute in a new season of change.   More »

Posted: 23 May 2018

Back to the Future?

Barbara Ridpath

The end of this month marks the end of Barbara Ridpath's tenure as Director of St Paul's Institute. This valedictory article looks back at that time but also forward toward the joys and challenges to come.   More »

Posted: 21 May 2018

The Globalisation of Indifference

Barbara Ridpath

Barbara Ridpath, Director of St Paul's Institute, helps us consider how community, commonality and faith communities can act as the antidote to the globalisation of indifference.   More »

Posted: 25 Apr 2018

Companies and Companionship

Richard Ellis

Guest commentator Richard Ellis explores how we, as citizens, could help UK corporate public limited companies (PLCs) get back on track.   More »

Posted: 20 Feb 2018

Double-edged Philanthropy

Barbara Ridpath

Barbara Ridpath helps us to consider if philanthropy is a better model for wealth redistribution than tax policy.   More »

Posted: 30 Jan 2018

Highlights from 2017

St Pauls Institute

As 2017 ends and the New Year approaches we present some of this year's highlights.   More »

Posted: 13 Dec 2017

Productive Time

Barbara Ridpath

The United Kingdom has a productivity problem. Here you will find a slightly 'tongue in cheek' response to a serious problem for your holiday reading.   More »

Posted: 12 Dec 2017

City Giving - How to Think About It

Maddy Fry

As government subsidies for charities and the arts dwindle, what should be the role of the City?   More »

Posted: 24 Oct 2017

Mentoring for Success: Celebrating the International Day of the Girl

Jodi Kiang

To celebrate the International Day of the Girl, St Paul's Institute, in partnership with Girls Talk London, hosted young women from schools across London for an evening of mentoring.   More »

Posted: 11 Oct 2017

Reflections, 10 Years On

Dr Eve Poole

Further thoughts on lessons from the Financial Crisis   More »

Posted: 30 Aug 2017

Ten Lessons for the Tenth Anniversary of the Financial Crisis

Barbara Ridpath

Hoping time brings some fresh insights into the lessons from the financial crisis.   More »

Posted: 29 Aug 2017

Overcoming The Divisions Of Partition 70 Years On

Jasvir Singh

Thinking about how faiths who once lived in harmony were driven apart at partition and what we can learn from it.First published by The Huffington Post   More »

Posted: 07 Aug 2017

The Fall of Farron Poses Deep Questions for our Democracy

David Barclay

Institute Associate David Barclay discusses the implications of the Liberal Democrat leader's resignation for the nature of our political debate.   More »

Posted: 19 Jun 2017

A Christian Politics of Persuasion

The Revd Dr James Walters

A look at the role of the Church in promoting constructive conversations that allow us to dialogue in search of understanding even when we disagree.   More »

Posted: 09 May 2017

Had Enough of Elections? Let's Talk About What's Good.

David Rouch

The Chairman of St Paul's Institute Advisory Council see the general election as an occasion to reconsider the common good.   More »

Posted: 27 Apr 2017

New Releases for World Water Day

St Pauls Institute

On the 22 March 2017 we ran a virtual event showcasing new videos, articles, images and more to celebrate World Water Day.   More »

Posted: 29 Mar 2017

Why Water?

Barbara Ridpath

Today, on World Water Day, we are holding a virtual event. We will be releasing new items each half hour throughout the day using the hashtag #JustWater17.   More »

Posted: 22 Mar 2017

Career Shifting

Barbara Ridpath

On Tuesday 21 February, a small group of us were fortunate enough to spend the evening in conversation on career change with journalist Lucy Kellaway.   More »

Posted: 01 Mar 2017

Value(s) for Money

Anna Laycock

Unfortunately, in our economy one form of value tends to take precedence over others and it distorts the way we see and act in the world.   More »

Posted: 23 Jan 2017

Love in Action: The Theology of Martin Luther King Jr. in the World Today

Robert Gordon

The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. is lasting because he reminds us to strive for a lofty ideal of what we could be.   More »

Posted: 16 Jan 2017 - 1 comment

The Power of Meaningful Work

Robert Gordon

We often forget that work can be the point at which we integrate our personal, civic and spiritual selves into one complete and powerful whole.   More »

Posted: 12 Dec 2016

Spiritual ecology: A deeper response to the ecological crisis

Amrita Bhohi

Can we respond to the true nature of the environmental tragedy from just a political, economic or even ecological perspective?   More »

Posted: 21 Nov 2016

Meaningful Working

Dr Eve Poole

Much of life is taken up working - so what does meaningful work mean, exactly?   More »

Posted: 16 Nov 2016

Thirty years after Big Bang: What have we learned?

Barbara Ridpath

27 October 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of Big Bang, the change in financial legislation that permitted outside ownership of member firms of the London Stock Exchange.   More »

Posted: 27 Oct 2016 - 1 comment

The Politics of Virtue

Barbara Ridpath

Adrian Pabst and John Millbank have tried, with their new book, The Politics of Virtue, to take on the entirety of post-liberalism from politics to economics to international relations.   More »

Posted: 26 Oct 2016

Anglican Churches Around the Globe Launch JustWater

St Pauls Institute

Cathedrals and churches on four continents have come together to raise awareness and activism about water by launching the JustWater website.   More »

Posted: 05 Oct 2016

Everybody Lies

Barbara Ridpath

The recent EU referendum campaign and the final report of the Chilcott inquiry do little to encourage us to trust our government and our politicians.   More »

Posted: 06 Oct 2016

Changing the World? How the Church can be a Force for Good

David Barclay

The Church of England is not always famous for turning good intentions into practical outcomes. That reputation may just be starting to change.   More »

Posted: 14 Sep 2016 - 1 comment

Talking About Money in Church

The Revd Dr James Walters

Christian thinking about money is usually held back by unhelpful underlying assumptions about what money is.   More »

Posted: 30 Aug 2016

Shaping the Future of Post-Brexit Britain

Jasvir Singh

Two months have now passed since Britain voted to leave the EU, and the nation is still coming to terms with this seismic shift in our identity.   More »

Posted: 23 Aug 2016

Mythbusting in the Retail Banking Market

Anna Laycock

The way we look at the financial system - and the way we look at big business in general - is based on a number of assumptions that don't, ultimately, hold true.   More »

Posted: 15 Aug 2016 - 1 comment

Post Referendum: Let the Healing Begin

Barbara Ridpath

The political contest to come needs to play to the 'better angels of our nature,' not the politics of fear, distrust and isolationism.   More »

Posted: 21 Jul 2016

Welcome to the new Associates of St Paul's Institute

St Pauls Institute

We are very pleased today to announce the launch of our first group of Associates, an initiative that we have organised to bring new voices into our work at St Paul's Institute.   More »

Posted: 05 Jul 2016

A Shared Vision for London

St Pauls Institute

Survey results and discussion summary from our recent series of events. What are the challenges and opportunities facing London today?   More »

Posted: 29 Jun 2016 - 1 comment

Introducing JustWater during Christian Aid Week

Barbara Ridpath

The subject this year is particularly resonant to St Paul's Institute as we turn our attention to the theme of water and stewardship over the next eighteen months.   More »

Posted: 12 May 2016

Have Your Say on Extractive Industries

Barbara Ridpath

The Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG) is developing an ethical investment policy for the extractive industries.   More »

Posted: 29 Apr 2016

Social Investment for Social Change: Putting your wallet where your heart is

Robert Gordon

If positive change is the goal, what might successful and productive social investment look like?   More »

Posted: 18 Apr 2016

Eco Church Now 200 Strong!

Dr Ruth Valerio

Around 200 churches have now registered, and we are starting to see the first awards come trickling through.   More »

Posted: 04 Apr 2016

The Pledge for Parity: How far have we come?

Vanessa Sanyauke

The theme for this year's International Women's Day is 'pledge for parity'. How close are we to achieving it?   More »

Posted: 08 Mar 2016

Changing the Financial System from Within: Is it possible? Is it happening?

Barbara Ridpath

Financial institutions need to be trustworthy to be trusted. In other words they need to re-earn the public's trust and that takes far longer than losing it.   More »

Posted: 16 Feb 2016 - 2 comments

St Paul's Goes Green for Eco Church

St Pauls Institute

The launch of the new Eco Church awards scheme took place on 26th January, with St Paul's Cathedral the first to receive a Bronze award!   More »

Posted: 27 Jan 2016

The World's Most Ambitious To-Do list

Diane Sheard

Getting all world leaders to agree on something, at the same time, in the same place, is rare to say the least.   More »

Posted: 20 Jan 2016 - 2 comments

Paris and Beyond: Working Together to Make a Difference

the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam

COP21 has been hard won and now needs to be hard-wired. This isn't an optional extra for us as Christians and as Anglicans.   More »

Posted: 16 Dec 2015

Building Constructive Dialogue on Capitalism

Barbara Ridpath

After the crisis, financial systems are still not changing: Christians need to help find ways forward.   More »

Posted: 10 Dec 2015

Review of PostCapitalism: A Guide to Our Future

Robert Gordon

Paul Mason provides an alternative vision of what it means for humanity to live in relationship with one another and the world that we inhabit.   More »

Posted: 22 Oct 2015 - 2 comments


Barbara Ridpath

Harvest Festival Homily given to the Worshipful Company of International Bankers at St Mary-le-Bow Church.   More »

Posted: 08 Oct 2015

No Wealth But Life: A New Economy is Coming Alive

Amrita Bhohi

What would a society look like that was founded upon values of reverence for life, interconnectedness, co-operation and stewardship?   More »

Posted: 28 Sep 2015 - 1 comment

Unique Opportunity to Shape Fair and Effective Markets

St Pauls Institute

St Paul's Institute has released a briefing sheet on the Fair and Effective Markets Review, encouraging organisations to participate in the Bank of England's forthcoming Open Forum.   More »

Posted: 22 Sep 2015

Who is my Neighbour?

Barbara Ridpath

We cannot presume to take only the benefits of globalisation without assuming any of its costs.   More »

Posted: 17 Sep 2015

Five practical ways to help with the refugee crisis

St Pauls Institute

Many of us are wondering what we can do. Here is a practical list of different ways that you can help today.   More »

Posted: 17 Sep 2015

How Clean is Your Business? How to Manage Responsibly

Tanya Barman

A new survey of nearly 2,500 management accountants has been released by CGMA, what does it say about the state of ethical business today?   More »

Posted: 29 Jul 2015

Praise Be, Indeed!

Barbara Ridpath

The very fact that the Pope chose the environment at the subject of his first encyclical highlights the urgency of the issue and calls people to action.   More »

Posted: 19 Jun 2015

Fair and Effective Markets Review Released

Barbara Ridpath

We look forward to continuing to engage in this important conversation on how to re-establish trust in the financial sector.   More »

Posted: 11 Jun 2015

Ethical Banking: Not an Oxymoron

Barbara Ridpath

How can financial institutions begin to re-earn the trust and confidence of their customers? Here are six basic strategies.   More »

Posted: 08 Jun 2015 - 1 comment

Public Vulnerability is the Key to Shared Success

Robert Gordon

Can we encourage a new public discourse that is openly vulnerable and ready to discuss our own flaws so that they might be overcome together?   More »

Posted: 03 Jun 2015

Government Policymaking - How does it work?

John Alty

Following on from the recent House of Bishops' letter, how can the Church most effectively engage with government policymaking?   More »

Posted: 01 Jun 2015

It Doesn't Have To Be Like This

Andrew Bradstock and Jenny Sinclair

This election campaign is bringing into sharp relief how out of touch the 'political' conversation has become.   More »

Posted: 28 Apr 2015

Climate Change and the Common Good

Baroness Worthington

We need to change course on climate change, and quickly, but action by any one individual or any one country alone cannot guarantee a resolution.   More »

Posted: 27 Apr 2015

Would You Like to Have More Power?

the Revd Canon Dr Angus Ritchie

Although we live in a democracy, many voters feel life is shaped by external economic forces. What would it take for these systems to be placed at the service of a truly common good?   More »

Posted: 15 Apr 2015 - 2 comments

Africa Rising: The Ethics of Economic Transformation

Ivor Agyeman-Duah

The Africa Rising narrative needs to mean more than middle class consumption at the shopping malls full of imported goods.   More »

Posted: 26 Mar 2015

Global Inequality and the Social Contract: The New Context for Business Ethics

Robert Gordon

There is a massive opportunity for corporate leadership, and public sentiment is ready to embrace innovative responses that work towards shared value.   More »

Posted: 03 Feb 2015 - 1 comment

Mutual Dependence - Banking Culture and Individual Behaviour (Part II)

Seth Thomas

Professionalising banking and instilling a code of ethics is one way of restoring trust in the financial system.   More »

Posted: 29 Jan 2015

Equality for All?

Barbara Ridpath

A meditation on Archbishop Welby's talk at the Trinity Wall Street Institute conference 'Creating Common Good'.   More »

Posted: 29 Jan 2015

Mutual Dependence - Banking Culture and Individual Behaviour (Part I)

Seth Thomas

How do we change banking culture and when are we going to put individual behaviour at the centre of restoring trust in the banking system?   More »

Posted: 20 Jan 2015

The Individual in the Firm

Barbara Ridpath

We need always to consider the individual and the collective responsibility that we have when we consider the firm.   More »

Posted: 15 Dec 2014

The Church Needs Finance, but Finance Also Needs the Church

Dr James Corah

During this first Good Money Week I explore why the investment activities conducted by churches are examples of Good Money in action.   More »

Posted: 23 Oct 2014 - 1 comment

Embedding a Good Corporate Culture in Financial Services

Barbara Ridpath

Culture is made up, not of mission statements and policy documents, but of the values and purpose of the organisation.   More »

Posted: 16 Oct 2014

The Crisis of Culture

Barbara Ridpath

The narrative on the origins of the financial crisis is by now well-rehearsed, but bears repeating with a particular focus on culture.   More »

Posted: 08 Oct 2014

Good Corporate Culture is a Process, Not an End Point

Robert Gordon

We must learn to see good corporate culture as an ongoing process - not merely an end point that we can fulfil the criteria for and move on.   More »

Posted: 01 Oct 2014

Hillel's Voice

Erika Karp

"The Days of Awe" refers to the ten days starting with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur. They are a time for reflection, introspection, repentance and renewal.   More »

Posted: 18 Sep 2014

Late Summer Reading?

Barbara Ridpath

I had the pleasure of dipping into several relevant books this summer and thought readers might appreciate recommendations on some fruitful reading.   More »

Posted: 15 Sep 2014

Women in Leadership: What Needs to Change? (Q&A;)

Amanda Phillips

Amanda Phillips, Director of External Relations at CWN (City Women Network), answers our questions about women in leadership.   More »

Posted: 26 Aug 2014

Women in Leadership: A Reflection

Hannah Elias and The Very Revd Dr David Ison

Nearly 1500 people gathered under the dome of St Paul's Cathedral to hear about the ways we can dismantle the cultural and institutional barriers facing women today.   More »

Posted: 29 Jul 2014

Women in Leadership: What Needs to Change? (Q&A;)

National Union of Students

The National Union of Students (NUS) answers some of our questions about women in leadership.   More »

Posted: 11 Jul 2014

St Paul's Institute announces appointment of new Director

St Pauls Institute

Barbara Ridpath will be responsible for thought-leadership, vision, strategy and organisation of the wide programme of events run each year.   More »

Posted: 11 Jun 2014

Women in Leadership: What Needs to Change? (Q&A;)

Hilary Cotton

Hilary Cotton, chair of WATCH (Women and the Church), answers our questions about women in leadership.   More »

Posted: 10 Jul 2014

First Impressions

Barbara Ridpath

It is now just over a month since I started my new position as Director of St Paul's Institute. An appropriate time to sketch some first impressions of the Institute and its future.   More »

Posted: 04 Jul 2014 - 1 comment

The Language of Reformed Capitalism

Robert Gordon

The narrative of global financial reform was ready for another shake-up, but what is currently missing from the language of reformed capitalism?   More »

Posted: 23 Jun 2014 - 3 comments

[Summary Report] Looking Beyond the Checkbox: Mitigating Risk, Maximising Performance

St Pauls Institute

Summary report from a recent seminar held in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.   More »

Posted: 10 Jun 2014

Climate Change: Building the Will for Action - Christiana Figueres

St Pauls Institute

Full transcript of keynote speech from Christiana Figueres at an event held at St Paul's Cathedral on Wednesday 7th May 2014.   More »

Posted: 09 May 2014

But it's the money that is the ethical issue, Mr Jenkins

The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby

Good people are no less vulnerable to being deflected from true ethical standards by the mesmerising effects of large numbers.   More »

Posted: 19 Mar 2014 - 1 comment

Who Says You Can't Keep the Pound?

The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby

The currency of a country is what the people trust; and what they cease to trust will no longer serve as currency.   More »

Posted: 25 Feb 2014

Risk, Fear and Faith

The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby

Has the imprudence of those who led our economic system to the edge of collapse caused us all to become increasingly risk-averse, to the detriment of creativity, enterprise and faith?   More »

Posted: 30 Jan 2014

Whose Recovery Is It, Anyway?

Robert Gordon

Economic growth can bring about widespread improvement in living standards, but it doesn't necessarily do so; and they aren't always sustainable or evenly distributed.   More »

Posted: 27 Jan 2014

Why Expect Charities to be Different?

The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby

One of the tragic by products of the increasing power of money is that churches and charities quickly become captive to ways of thinking which have negative effects on the world's poor.   More »

Posted: 12 Dec 2013

Could there be a Finance Sector with Convictions?

The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby

I do my banking, a bit of my shopping and all my energy purchase with the Co-op. So I certainly watch with the concern of one who has personal reasons for wanting the mess cleared up.   More »

Posted: 21 Nov 2013

Making Finance Fair

Julian Bond

How can faith communities do more to inject a sense of fairness in the financial system?   More »

Posted: 11 Nov 2013

Who Sets a 'Fair' Price?

The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby

The shortcomings of the markets are not just things for good people to think about: they require resistance in the name of the common good.   More »

Posted: 23 Oct 2013

[Summary Report] The City and the Common Good: What kind of City do we want?

St Pauls Institute

Summary report from our recent series. including key points from our eminent speakers and results of an audience survey conducted following the series.   More »

Posted: 11 Oct 2013

The Perfect Storm

Mr Francesco Vanni d'Archirafi

Why Corporate Social Responsibility and Responsible Finance have never been more important.   More »

Posted: 04 Oct 2013

The Spirituality of Money

The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby

If money presents itself as a god (Mammon), does it have a spirituality, a prayer life which it enjoins upon its worshippers/followers, devotees?   More »

Posted: 25 Sep 2013 - 1 comment

Tremble When the Money Men are Delighted

The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby

Christians need a more radical grasp of the underlying issues about the financial system.   More »

Posted: 02 Sep 2013 - 2 comments

Is it the Love of Money That's the 'Root of All Evil' - or the Fear of It?

The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby

It's worth remembering while money may arouse envy and 'love' in a bad sense, it certainly arouses fear.   More »

Posted: 30 Jul 2013

The Archbishop and the Common Good

The Revd Dr James Jones

If the church is to re-invigorate an ethic of the common good it must do more than re-theorize society as a body, although that is a good first step.   More »

Posted: 10 Jul 2013

To Find a Common Good, We Need a Common Language

Robert Gordon

The issue we face is not primarily one of resolve - there are many passionate people acting positively - but rather it is one of division.   More »

Posted: 05 Jul 2013 - 1 comment

What kind of City do we want? Transcript of keynote speech given on 24th June 2013

James Featherby

James Featherby, Chair of the Church of England's Ethical Investment Advisory Group, talks on the purpose and role of the financial sector in society today.   More »

Posted: 27 Jun 2013

Was something missing from under the Dome?

The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby

The real problem was that we could not allow ourselves - or so it seemed - to consider what it was that had given banks such inflated importance.   More »

Posted: 26 Jun 2013

Good Banks: Transcript of Archbishop Justin Welby's speech on 12th June 2013

St Pauls Institute

A full transcript of the keynote speech for the third debate in our series 'The City and Common Good: What kind of City do we want?'   More »

Posted: 24 Jun 2013

The Inflation We Love

The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby

If cauliflowers and electricity become more expensive we get worried; if the same happens to houses we are really pleased.   More »

Posted: 29 May 2013 - 1 comment

Good Money: Transcript of Lord Skidelsky's speech on 7th May 2013

St Pauls Institute

A full transcript of the keynote speech for the second debate in our series 'The City and Common Good: What kind of City do we want?'   More »

Posted: 08 May 2013 - 1 comment

When You're Looking For Growth, What Should Count?

The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby

St Paul's Institute is in the middle of its series on The City and the Common Good. The difficult part of that is that we seem to be dominated by the bits we can measure.   More »

Posted: 02 May 2013

Good People: Transcript of Archbishop Vincent Nichols' speech on 11th April 2013

St Pauls Institute

A full transcript of the keynote speech for the first debate in our series 'The City and Common Good: What kind of City do we want?'   More »

Posted: 12 Apr 2013

Who's Occupying Cyprus?

The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby

The 'haircut' required of the Greek depositors involved Cypriot banks to a large extent, and the timebomb under the Cypriot economy started ticking.   More »

Posted: 27 Mar 2013 - 1 comment

The Meaning of Austerity: Theological Perspectives

The Revd Dr James Walters

Austerity is linked to ancient themes of purification, atonement and sacrifice which, even in our more secular society, may continue to hold much power.   More »

Posted: 05 Mar 2013 - 2 comments

Rating the Real Economy

The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby

So it has happened. We are not AAA anymore. And now that we are not AAA we learn, not surprisingly, that being AAA was not the really important thing anyway.   More »

Posted: 26 Feb 2013

[Event Series] The City and the Common Good: What kind of City do we want?

St Pauls Institute

This significant series of three events at St Paul's will probe key issues that underlie the report of the Parliamentary Inquiry into Banking and the wider financial sector.   More »

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 - 1 comment

Keeping Universal Benefits - and taxing them

The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby

Let's think through the issues being raised more and more about the 'fairness' of universal benefits.   More »

Posted: 28 Jan 2013 - 1 comment

Converting Conversation into Action

Sally Reith

Why not take a look at how you manage your money and see what changes you can make to a more ethical choice in 2013.   More »

Posted: 16 Jan 2013

Do You Pay to be Called?

The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby

What does the incoming Governor of the Bank of England's salary package tell us about the job, about our attitudes to pay, and about our different standards for private and public service?   More »

Posted: 04 Dec 2012

Danger - Theologians at Work

The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby

What is happening now is a moral issue, which means it is also an issue of common sense and one that the wisdom of religious faith can speak on.   More »

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 - 2 comments

Working Towards Sustainable Capitalism

William Andrews Tipper

What has got us to this point of crisis, and what can we do about it? The answer to both questions is "follow the money".   More »

Posted: 06 Nov 2012

Al Gore speaks at St Paul's on Sustainable Capitalism

St Pauls Institute

St Paul's Cathedral has hosted Al Gore, former US Vice President, environmental advocate, and co-founder and Chair of Generation Investment Management.   More »

Posted: 19 Oct 2012

Bound to the Poor - or just helping when we choose?

The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby

The fashionable political consensus for the present is that we should be grateful for not being part of the Euro...   More »

Posted: 04 Oct 2012

In Search of Authenticity

Robert Gordon

Can we discover a new level of authenticity that speaks directly to the experience of the individual whilst encouraging commitment to a shared, collective reality?   More »

Posted: 25 Sep 2012 - 2 comments

Are You Ready for National Ethical Investment Week? (14th to 20th October)

Helen Wildsmith

The fifth annual NEIW is approaching, with more interest than ever before.   More »

Posted: 14 Sep 2012

Wake-up Call

The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby

How should Christians deal with the current economic crisis and the extra burdens imposed on the most vulnerable members of society?   More »

Posted: 10 Aug 2012 - 2 comments

Welfare: Whose Responsibility Is It?

St Pauls Institute

Summary report covering speaker positions, Q&A; and further reflection from our recent seminar on welfare held on 29th June 2012.   More »

Posted: 17 Jul 2012

Take God Out of the Balance Sheet, and Then Put Him Back

The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby

By speaking of idolatry, we lay bare the fact that money has become a rival to true faith, a serious competitor against God for people's loyalty.   More »

Posted: 08 Jul 2012

Religion and Our Economic Crisis: A View From Across the Pond

The Revd Dr James Jones

No moral issue other than the love of God and neighbor is mentioned more often in the Bible than the issues of wealth and poverty.   More »

Posted: 02 Jul 2012

A Valuable Exchange at the Royal Exchange

Tanya Barman

May saw the launch of the CGMA ethics theme, and in the week we released our key report I attended the Michael Sandel event at St Paul's Cathedral.   More »

Posted: 21 Jun 2012

Making a Difference Through Shareholder Activism

Natalie Langford

By learning more about how financial investments can be used as a tool for change, we can reform the way that corporations behave.   More »

Posted: 14 Jun 2012

Money Has Changed - That's the Issue

The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby

As a Christian and a theologian I am convinced money has acquired all the characteristics of an idol, aggrandising its power and claiming more and more of people's lives.   More »

Posted: 06 Jun 2012

What Money Can't Buy - Join the Debate

St Pauls Institute

Following the public debate with Michael Sandel this evening, we want you to join the debate and have your say!   More »

Posted: 23 May 2012 - 17 comments

The Church and Capitalism: Building for Systemic Change

Robert Gordon

How can our Church institutions formulate the new structural paradigms required in a manner that is relevant, effective and sustainable?   More »

Posted: 01 May 2012 - 1 comment

Either Way, It's the Poorest Who Pay

The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby

At last, it seems that the budget has brought to the surface a number of issues about the encouragement of charitable giving.   More »

Posted: 16 Apr 2012

Money, Territory, and the New Generation

The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby

What are we hoping to do as a society for those at present in their teens? What investment are we prepared to make in their future?   More »

Posted: 21 Mar 2012

A Tale of Two Occupies

Robert Gordon

With the eviction of the Occupy camp outside of St Paul's, I thought it would be useful to put forward some reflections on my experience of the last few months.   More »

Posted: 12 Mar 2012

Carrots and Sticks

The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby

The complexities and moral inconsistencies of our attitudes have been thrown into sharp relief by the events of 2008 and those of 2011.   More »

Posted: 22 Feb 2012

Financial Markets and the Investments of the Church

David Pitt-Watson

Markets need morals. And if the church is to be fully relevant to that debate, it needs not just to preach morality, but to practice it in the way it manages its money.   More »

Posted: 24 Jan 2012

The Message in the Loot

The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby

Examining what was looted in the riots is another way of asking, 'what, in our society, is there for the taking'. And what, by implication, is not?   More »

Posted: 13 Jan 2012 - 1 comment

Minutes from Occupy London dialogue with the FSA

St Pauls Institute

Full and comprehensive minutes are now available from the meeting between representatives of Occupy London and Hector Sants of the Financial Services Authority.   More »

Posted: 21 Dec 2011

If We Don't Hear One Message, We May Get Another

The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby

We must engage with ideas that seek to change things for the better, or otherwise face behaviour patterns that inflict hurt on people.   More »

Posted: 05 Dec 2011 - 1 comment

Value and Values: Perceptions of Ethics in the City Today

St Pauls Institute

The St Paul's Institute 2011 analytical report explores current perceptions of ethical values in the City and the role of the financial sector in relation to wider society.   More »

Posted: 07 Nov 2011 - 3 comments

Value and Values: Where the Problems Lie

The Revd Andrew Studdert-Kennedy

In general conversation, the outcome of asking one question is almost always the wish to ask another.   More »

Posted: 07 Nov 2011

'Highly Motivated' - Approaching the Challenge of FTSE100 Executive Remuneration

Dr James Corah

It is important to constantly monitor the balance between motivation and reward, and ethical investors can make a valued contribution to this debate.   More »

Posted: 07 Nov 2011

'Beyond Hot Air': Protecting Value in a Changing Climate

Helen Wildsmith

Churches and charities have gone further than engagement and are leading the way by investing capital in climate friendly investments.   More »

Posted: 18 Oct 2011

The Values of Money: The Just Economy

The Revd Andrew Studdert-Kennedy

Having spent several weeks exploring the financial world, I offer some thoughts about what I have learnt. For simplicity's sake, I suggest three points to consider.   More »

Posted: 11 Oct 2011 - 2 comments

The Values of Money: Towards a Christian Response

The Revd Andrew Studdert-Kennedy

The church as an institution as well as individual Christians need to recognise that we are part of the financial world ourselves and dependent upon it.   More »

Posted: 30 Sep 2011

Was it Just a Banking Crisis?

The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby

With more or less reluctance the proposals to reconstruct the banking sector are being accepted as either desirable or inevitable. But will we need more than a ring-fence to protect us?   More »

Posted: 20 Sep 2011

The Values of Money: No Longer a Noun

The Revd Andrew Studdert-Kennedy

Money is a dynamic force rather than the name for a particular set of objects. It functions like a verb and not a noun, a commodity that is an end in itself.   More »

Posted: 16 Sep 2011

The Values of Money: Financial Bubbles

The Revd Andrew Studdert-Kennedy

There is widespread agreement that the immediate cause of every period of financial instability is the expansion of credit.   More »

Posted: 31 Aug 2011

Probing the Virtues of Economic Growth

The Revd Dr Giles Fraser

We risk justifying greed by suggesting that the things we want are potentially unlimited.   More »

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 - 16 comments

The Nuclear Debate

The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby

Nuclear energy, we are constantly being told, is an inevitable part of reducing carbon emissions, absolutely necessary if we are to close the energy gap. Resistance to that argument is deemed irrational.   More »

Posted: 05 Aug 2011

The Values of Money: Endless Growth?

The Revd Andrew Studdert-Kennedy

One of the most striking things about the economic down turn that followed the banking crisis was the uncertainty surrounding us when economic growth runs out.   More »

Posted: 29 Jul 2011

The Values of Money: No Long View

The Revd Andrew Studdert-Kennedy

Revd Andrew Studdert-Kennedy's exploration into the workings of the Financial Services Industry continues with the fifth piece in the series.   More »

Posted: 22 Jul 2011 - 1 comment

When Negative Equity is Social

The Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby

In the middle of the public outrage about the phone hacking scandal there have come to the surface some rather uncomfortable realities that are not being spoken of much.   More »

Posted: 18 Jul 2011

The Values of Money: No Time to Pause

The Revd Andrew Studdert-Kennedy

Revd Andrew Studdert-Kennedy's exploration into the workings of the Financial Services Industry continues with the fourth in the series.   More »

Posted: 08 Jul 2011

Rediscovering the 'Spirit' of Capitalism

Dr James Corah

Highlighting the role that the Church and its congregations play in implementing Christian values into the economic system.   More »

Posted: 06 Jul 2011

The Values of Money: Starting Out

The Revd Andrew Studdert-Kennedy

Revd Andrew Studdert-Kennedy's exploration into the workings of the Financial Services Industry continues with the third in the series.   More »

Posted: 24 Jun 2011

The Church as Institutional Investor

Edward Mason

The wealth of the church creates a challenge, and an opportunity, to model a style of institutional investment that reflects Christian values.   More »

Posted: 15 Jun 2011 - 3 comments

The Values of Money: Making Contact

The Revd Andrew Studdert-Kennedy

Revd Andrew Studdert-Kennedy's exploration into the workings of the Financial Services Industry continues with this second part in the series.   More »

Posted: 09 Jun 2011 - 3 comments

Multinational Companies and Human Rights - Is More Diligence Due?

Miles Litvinoff

The extractive industries - oil, gas and mining - are a sector where serious questions arise about companies' due diligence in avoiding harm.   More »

Posted: 02 Jun 2011

The Values of Money: The Uses of Money

The Revd Andrew Studdert-Kennedy

The first in a series by Revd Andrew Studdert-Kennedy covering his journey towards a better understanding of the financial sector and its role in modern society.   More »

Posted: 26 May 2011

Microinsurance and the Anglican Health Network

The Revd Paul Holley

The Anglican Church is opening up new markets for the insurance industry in developing countries around the globe.   More »

Posted: 18 Mar 2011

Taking a Shared Interest in Fairtrade

Sally Reith

The ability and drive of people to come together and transform their own lives and those around them is something we should respect.   More »

Posted: 02 Mar 2011

Get to Grips with Banks' Morality

The Revd Dr Giles Fraser

A response to the report published by the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR) - 'The Banks and Society: Rebuilding Trust'.   More »

Posted: 28 Feb 2011 - 2 comments

WikiLeaks: Where's the Public Interest?

Cathy James

Cathy James from Public Concern at Work discusses how WikiLeaks might be viewed under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998.   More »

Posted: 16 Dec 2010

Corporate Integrity: Has the Penny Dropped?

Tanya Barman

A look at the new UK Bribery Act recently passed into law which will be coming into effect in April, 2011.   More »

Posted: 30 Nov 2010

From Fairtrade Fortnight to National Ethical Investment Week

Helen Wildsmith

National Ethical Investment Week was launched in 2008 to help families, Churches and charities reflect their values in their investments.   More »

Posted: 09 Nov 2010

The MBA Oath: What Good is an MBA?

Max Anderson

Max Anderson, co-founder of the Harvard MBA Oath, discusses this new initiative that is proving increasingly popular and how it might be able to make a long-term impact.   More »

Posted: 15 Sep 2010 - 2 comments

What is the Price of Morality in Financial Markets?

Andy Brookes

A Christian examination of how morality can fit into the business and dealings of the financial markets, and how we might view our individual role in the creation of a moral marketplace.   More »

Posted: 06 Aug 2010

To Better the Boardroom, We Must Better Ourselves

Robert Gordon

It has almost become a cliché these days - ethics. Ever since the financial crisis people have been throwing around the term like rice at a wedding.   More »

Posted: 29 Jul 2010 - 1 comment

Microfinance: Small is Beautiful

Tom Sanderson

Microfinance is coming of age. The industry has grown from its non-profit roots to become a fast growing commercial sector.   More »

Posted: 20 Jul 2010

Men, Money and Morality: Can it work?

Leo Martin

Leo Martin, Director and Co-Founder of GoodCorporation, responds to the talk given by Niall Ferguson on Tuesday 6th July, 2010.   More »

Posted: 08 Jul 2010 - 1 comment

Men, Money and Morality: How can trust in banking be restored?

Niall Ferguson

Talk given by Niall Ferguson under the dome of St Paul's Cathedral on Tuesday 6th July, 2010.   More »

Posted: 07 Jul 2010 - 2 comments

The Markets and the Regulatory Wikipedia

David Rouch

You might expect lawyers secretly to relish the prospect of more rules for the financial sector. However, many of us are suspicious.   More »

Posted: 02 Jul 2010

Moral Questions of the Financial Crisis

Paul Vallely

The global financial meltdown, and the faltering attempts by government to create the conditions for recovery across the nations, raise as many moral questions as they do technical, fiscal or economic ones.   More »

Posted: 29 Jun 2010

Welcome to St Paul's Institute

The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Rowan Williams

A few words from Archbishop Rowan Williams on the new direction taken by St Paul's Institute.   More »

Posted: 23 Jun 2010 - 6 comments

Human Well-Being and Economic Decision-Making

The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Rowan Williams

Transcript of the Archbishop's Keynote Address from the TUC Economics Conference; Congress House, London.   More »

Posted: 16 Jun 2010 - 2 comments

2010: Decline and Opportunity for the World's Poor

Elisha London

As the world looks to South Africa this month to enjoy the goal scoring on the football field, five years ago the world united behind some different goals - the Millennium Development Goals.   More »

Posted: 16 Jun 2010 - 2 comments

Regulation, Freedom and Human Welfare

St Pauls Institute

Transcript of the panel debate held October 20th, 2009. Panellists were Vince Cable MP, Brian Griffiths, Adair Turner, Nicholas Sagovsky.   More »

Posted: 16 Jun 2010 - 1 comment

In Defence of Cash and the City

The Revd Dr Giles Fraser

"What can money do?" asks young Paul in Dickens' Dombey and Son. "Money, Paul, can do anything" comes his father's confident reply.   More »

Posted: 16 Jun 2010 - 2 comments

More wallets, fewer willies

The Revd Dr Giles Fraser

Despite the Church's obsession with sexuality, the Bible says more about the morality of wealth.   More »

Posted: 16 Jun 2010 - 1 comment

Franciscan Wisdom for a Global Future

Brother Samuel SSF

St Francis of Assisi is perhaps the worlds most well-known and best-loved saint. But there's a danger in popularity.   More »

Posted: 16 Jun 2010 - 2 comments