Laudato si’: The Natural Environment is a Collective Good – How CBIS Helps Pay the “Social Mortgage”

As we have noted throughout our series on Laudato si’, Pope Francis reminds us that “our common home” is part of “creation” and has to do with God’s plan “in which every creature has its own value and significance.” Human beings are part of this plan, and alone possess a “uniqueness” that other creatures do not. In the conduct of the global economy, goods are created to service the needs of humanity. The Pope explains that St. John Paul II reaffirmed (see quote below) that God’s plan was that the gift of the Earth was to be used for the good of all.

“…the Church does indeed defend the legitimate right to private property, but she also teaches no less clearly that there is always a social mortgage on all private property, in order that goods may serve the general purpose that God gave them. (93)”

CBIS’ ongoing efforts around human dignity, social justice and environmental stewardship attempt to help cover the “social mortgage” that is inherent when corporations seek to do business around the world. It also helps our participants advance their missions by bringing their assets to bear in our efforts toward the common good.

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