are informed by the ‘Common Faith Covenant’ for doing good business.
The vision for this covenant came from senior business executives of different Abrahamic faith* groups from a variety of financial and professional services firms based in Canary, working with the Canary Wharf Multifaith Chaplaincy, assisted by the Institute of Business Ethics.
The group wanted to give a voice to people of faith that their personal and professional values were integrated and give a collective strength for their own behaviour within this stressful working environment.
The group was not seeking to set up another faith network or forum, but to provide an opportunity for people of faith to articulate publically that they, through their faith values, contribute to good and ethical business practices in the workplace. Over time through a series of conversations these business leaders helped create the Common Faith Covenant as a positive framework for doing business. The frame work of this covenant is as follows:
- Live by the principles of openness, fairness, mutual respect and stewardship**
- Treat other people as you would want them to treat you
- If necessary, have courage to speak up
- Be accountable to God in all you do
*Judaism, Christianity and Islam share origins in the biblical figure Abraham. While each Abrahamic faith has forged its own path, common values are shared by all. However, this is not limited to just these world faiths; it is our hope that all people of faiths will feel able to adopt this in their working lives
**We use the word Stewardship, in the following context – Good stewards are people who recognise their contribution, however small has the potential to make the world a better place.
We recognise that all people are capable of having good values and ethics in their working lives not just people who profess a faith.
To offer a non-judgmental and safe place to help people:
- Explore those things which worry or concern them
- Discover and explore how beliefs can inform or give meaning to their values, including the way they do business
- Make the changes they want to make in their professional and personal lives
Common Faith Covenant – your invitation:
We would want to encourage the members of the business community who have a faith to sign up to the Common Faith Covenant and join the on-line community, to receive newsletters and invitations to participate in related events. When you sign up we will also send you a card with a reminder of the principles of the covenant.
Please follow this link to sign up to the on line Common Faith Covenant community.
To request a card as a reminder of the Common Faith Covenant Principles, click here.