Working with leaders from major faiths, the Sustainable Value Creation principles are enhanced with guidance from the faiths. Traditional portfolios incorporating religious considerations tend to focus on avoiding companies that were determined to be inconsistent with religious guidance (i.e., negative screening). Magni’s Catholic Values Portfolio and Islamic Stewardship Portfolio are based on the consistency of company governance with religious screening (i.e., positive screening).
The Catholic Values Portfolio is based on chapters 7 & 8 in Catholic Social Teachings which contains the Church’s guidance on governance.
The Islamic Stewardship Portfolio was developed alongside imams and is considered to be the only portfolio that incorporates guidance from the Maqasid.
Many people seek to live a life consistent with the guidance of their
faith. For many years there was little to no opportunity to invest
consistent with one’s faith. Over recent years, some faith-based
investment products have emerged. Most of those products applied an
exclusionary screen to remove investments considered inconsistent with the
While avoiding bad is a good first step, an observant person of faith
should seek to align, as well as reinforce, good. It is important to
research and thoroughly understand all of the guidance so that the
resulting factors can be incorporated into the analysis. Magni has done
that in our religious portfolios by working with acknowledged leaders in
the respective faiths.
The Islamic Stewardship portfolio is Shariah compliant, while also
using Maqasid values. A Shariah screen removes companies with a manner
consider haram. As imams will say, there is a better substitut e for
everything that is haram. Living an Islamic life should mean rewarding
the better substitute. Maqasid values provide guidance on the better
substitutes for behavior. These values were applied to a secular model
for corporate governance best practices to create the Islamic
Stewardship model. Magni researches and scores companies for consistency
with expectations in the model. The resulting portfolio recognizes and
rewards companies for demonstrated good behavior. Muslims now have a
portfolio that allows them to invest in a manner that is both Shariah
compliant and rewarding of companies that do good.
Magni is recognized for its contribution to and impact on the global Islamic economy.
The Halakhic Portfolio was designed based on principles and values in
Jewish law. Observant Jews seek to live consistent with Halakhah in all
of their daily activities, and with this portfolio, they can now invest
in Halakhically compliant public equities. Magni has screened companies
for compliance with Jewish law under the guidance of the
Bais HaVaad Halacha Center.
In addition, this guidance was applied to a secular model for corporate
governance best practices to create the Halakhic Values model. Magni
researches and scores compliant companies for consistency with
expectations in the model. The resulting portfolio recognizes and
rewards companies for demonstrated good behavior consistent with Jewish
practice and values in accordance with Halakhah. Halakhic law also
places requirements on the overall investing process. The Bais HaVaad
designed forms to assure that the entire investing process is Halakhic.
Jews now have a portfolio that allows them to invest in a manner that is
The Catholic Values portfolio was designed based on the
investment guidelines of the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops
(USCCB)and chapters seven and eight of
Catholic Social Teachings.
Of the 14 points in the USCCB guidelines, six related to exclusionary
screening. Magni used those six points to perform the exclusionary
screen to remove companies. The remaining eight points relate to
behavior that should be rewarded. Those points were combined with
guidance on business activity in chapters seven and eight of from
Catholic Social Teachings, and the combination were applied to a secular
model for corporate governance best practices. Magni researches and
scores companies for consistency with Catholic Values. The resulting
portfolio recognizes and rewards companies for demonstrated good
behavior. Catholics now have a portfolio that allows them to invest
consistent with their Catholic faith.