Can money be morally neutral?

Can money be morally neutral? Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, head of the Church of England, says that it cannot be, as he offers his support for Ethical Finance 2019 in this video address to the conference. He argues that the investment community must do more to fight the climate emergency, and discusses the successes the Church of England has had in engaging with its portfolio on these issues, concluding that “passive stewardship is the answer for no-one” and calling on attendees to use their seat at the table to vote determinedly in support of the Paris Agreement.


Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

The Most Revd Justin Welby was ordained in 1992 after an 11-year career in the oil industry. He spent his first 15 years serving in Coventry diocese, often in places of significant deprivation.

In 2002 he was made a Canon of Coventry Cathedral, where he jointly led its international reconciliation work. During this time he worked extensively in Africa and the Middle East. Archbishop Justin has had a passion for reconciliation and peace-making ever since.

He was Dean of Liverpool Cathedral from 2007 to 2011 and Bishop of Durham from 2011 to 2012, before being announced as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury in late 2012.

During his time as Archbishop, he been a frequent public commentary on social, economic and environmental issues.