That the Council of General Synod approve amendments to Regulation 8.5 of the Lay Retirement Plan effective January 1, 2003.
Renumber the current Regulation 8.5 as 8.5(a) and add a new section (b).
(Bold denotes addition) [In electronic database bold indicated by pointed brackets i.e. ]
Where a Member's employment by a Participating Employer terminates upon the Member becoming an employee of another Participating Employer, the Member's Active Service shall be deemed not to have terminated.
Archbishop Morgan drew attention to Section 1.4 of the report, which read:
"The Pension Committee is recommending to the Council of General Synod that prior to approving the resolution, which is being presented by EcoJustice Committee with respect to Socially Responsible Investment Procedures, that it be referred to the Pension Committee for consultation and to report back to the next meeting of COGs."
Ms. Mason, who is retiring after 40 years of service to the Pension Plan, extended best wishes to Council and acknowledged that she will miss everyone. She has no doubts that the right choice was made when Council appointed Ms. Judy Robinson to be her successor.
AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS #007-16-18-06 to 007-22-18-06
Chair of the Financial Management Committee (FMC), Mr. Robert Saffrey, and the Most. Rev. Colin Johnson, Chair of the Audit Committee, presented FMC’s report and the audited financial statements for The Anglican Church of Canada Resolution Corporation, The Anglican Church of Canada Consolidated Trust Fund, and the General Synod of The Anglican Church of Canada. Ms. Hanna Goschy, Treasurer and CFO, was on hand to address questions from Council. Highlights from the presentation included the following:
- Archbishop Johnson reviewed the process for the audited financial statements and reminded Council that they approved the appointment of Grant Thornton LLP as auditor for General Synod fiscal 2017 at their June 23-25, 2017 meeting (see document #004-01-17-11, page 12). FMC recommends reappointment of Grant Thornton LLP for General Synod fiscal 2018.
- The audited financial statements were reviewed in detail and Council had the opportunity to ask questions.
- The overall revenue for General Synod of The Anglican Church of Canada for 2017 was $11,938,059, which is a decrease of $449,487 from 2016. Overall expenses totaled $11,416,845, which is $1,245,961 less than 2016. The resulting surplus of core revenues over expenses was $521,214.
- The operating fund surplus (before transfers to reserves) is $1,519,736. While the total investment income was $998,523, realized and unrealized capital gains amounted to $729,057 and do not form part of the operating budget as they fluctuate from year to year based on financial market returns. The surplus was still $790,639 after factoring out these gains. Staff vacancies have been filled and as a result, it is expected that the 2018 actual expenditures will be in line with budget and it is not expected a significant surplus will be seen again in 2018.
- Proportional giving from dioceses was slightly higher than budgeted, but $70,000 lower than 2016. Council was reminded that proportional giving is the largest source of revenue for General Synod.
- The Investment Sub-Committee has reviewed investment performance, as well as the asset mix, ranges, and benchmark indices within the current Statement of Investment Policy. Overall performance for the year ended December 31, 2017 was 8.1% versus a benchmark of 7.2%.
Questions and comments were welcomed. Among the questions asked, Council members inquired about: how many dioceses are net contributors (twenty); whether the Anglican Fund for Healing and Reconciliation and the Ministry Investment Funds are part of the totals for internally designated net assets in the Consolidated Trust Fund (they are not); the difference between governance and administration (governance includes CoGS, boards, committees, councils, and Council of the North while administration includes salaries and benefits); and General Synod’s administrative cost (thirteen percent, a very low cost for not-for-profit organizations).
The following resolutions were placed before Council.
Refer to document # 007-22-18-06
THAT the Council of General Synod approve the changes to the Statement of Investment Policy as recommended by the Investment Committee and Financial Management Committee.
"The Oxford diocesan synod has withdrawn two million pounds from the Church of England's Central Board of Finance (CBF) as a protest against investment in South Africa." "Meanwhile, Bishop of Oxford Richard Harries has raised 20,000 pounds to finance a suit in High Court that asks for clarification of the Church Commissioners' role. The court is asked to decide if the Church Commissioners should be trying to maximize profits to benefit church ministry, or whether they should promote the Christian faith even if that means a reduction in income."
"In mid-December , the diocese of Quebec completed a four-year process of divestment from fossil fuels and resource extraction, making it the first diocese in the Anglican Church of Canada to fully divest from both mining and fossil fuels. In a report to the synod of the diocese of Quebec in November , Bishop Dennis Drainville noted that since the Church Society of the Diocese of Quebec passed a motion to divest from resource extraction holdings at its annual general meeting four years ago, $525,000 has been divested from gold and copper mining operations. Following a subsequent motion in 2014 calling on the investment committee to get out of oil and gas, $1.72 million has been divested from fossil fuels". "In 2006, the diocese of Quebec was hemorrhaging money, with operating losses at almost $800,000, for its church society and almost $100,000 for synod., Drainville noted in his charge to synod. .... Given that the diocese could no longer rely on congregational offerings in order to remain solvent, Drainville said it began to liquidate assets and turn to investment as its main source of revenue". "'Five years, 10 years ago, when people were speaking about ethical investments, you would always hear people .. say things like, "Fine, but you're not going to make any money investing ethically." Well, that's nonsense, absolute nonsense', [Drainville] said. 'There's a world of investment out there -- you just have to be educated and make the kinds of choices that are appropriate'."
That the Council of General Synod commend the following to the Eco-Justice Committee for action, implementation, and report back to the Council at its May 2006 meeting:
i) Eco-Justice request KAIROS to research the activities of companies believed to be contributing to ongoing violence in Israel and Palestine, as well as companies contributing to ongoing peace and economic stability in the region;
ii) That, in light of KAIROS findings, Eco-Justice, with the FMD [Financial Management and Development] Investment Sub-committee, continue to explore a range of socially responsible investment strategies, including corporate engagement and positive investment or divestment;
iii) That suggested strategies be recommended to the Council of General Synod, the Pensions Committee, the Board of PWRDF, and the Directors of the Anglican Foundation, for consideration and any appropriate action. CARRIED #22-11-05
The Executive Council of the Episcopal Church has directed its Social Responsibility in Investments Committee to use the church's investments to encourage positive change in the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.
"The book is an attempt to show the extent of Western collaboration with apartheid and how this vast Western economic, military and nuclear support to the South African regime has developed into a criminal complicity with those who continue to deprive the black majority of their most fundamental human and social rights. We also try to indicate how the WCC itself, and many of its member churches and a number of ecumenical groups have responded to some of the specific policy decisions which the Council took when it moved from words to action in this sensitive area. In the final section we make a few recommendations for further reflection and action. Apartheid is universally condemned. But the facts, as we shall see in this book, speak differently". -- Intro.
Contents: Introduction -- The role of transnational corporations -- Military collaboration -- Nuclear collaboration -- War resisters in South Africa -- Political prisoners -- Foreign bank loans -- The role of the International Monetary Fund -- Gold -- Oil and Coal -- Policies and actions of the WCC -- Policies and actions by the churches -- Recommendations -- Notes -- Abbreviations -- Appendix A: Sullivan Principles -- Appendix B: EEC Code of Conduct -- Appendix C: Brief description of involvement with UBS, Dredner Bank and SBS in South Africa -- Appendix D: The position of US churches on bank loans and investment in South Africa -- Appendix F: The Special Fund to Combat Racism 1970-1980.