Baptists place considerable emphasis on the autonomy of each congregation. While the Union holds investments centrally, they can also be held by individual churches and regional associations. Local bodies are not bound by the Union’s ethical investment policies.
At a national level, the Baptist Union will not invest in any company that makes more than five percent of its turnover from alcohol, arms, gambling, pornography or tobacco. The Union does not have a written policy on positive screening or constructive engagement, but has been involved in both.
If seeking to change local investments, you may need to make use of your church meeting or approach the relevant committee within your congregation. National policies are made by the Baptist Union’s General Assembly, which can receive motions from local churches.