Beirut conference 2013
Annual General Meeting of the Swiss Association of Christian Entrepreneurs (VCU) International Meeting UNIAPAC. 1 to 4 may Zurich, Switzerland
Annual General Meeting of the Swiss Association of Christian Entrepreneurs. May 2014
World Congress Lyon 2012
UNIAPAC in Brief
UNIAPAC is a federation of associations, an international meeting place for Christian Business Leaders. Its goal is to promote, in the light of the Christian Social Teaching, a vision and a deployment of Corporate Social Responsibility serving people and the common good in the World.
Ethics & Finance.
UNIAPAC aims to contribute to public debates on contemporary social issues triggered by new technological advances and economic growth at global level as a means to focus on the crucial need to show the utmost respect to man in all circumstances and to promote amongst business leaders an economy that serves people and the common good.
In the Dialogue of Religions and Cultures, UNIAPAC has a position strongly inspired by the words of John Paul II: "From the point of view of faith and charity, going towards the other cannot be limited to communicate to him what we understood from the Lord, but it is actually also to receive from him the good that he has been given to discover."
Uniapac International Board Meeting
Uniapac Latin America
Uniapac Latin America
Think Tank meeting hosted by the association from Angola ACGD on "Africa and sustainable development".
Date: March 2015
Place: Cabo Verde
The key moment in the life of UNIAPAC has always been the World Congress, that gathers hundreds of committed business executives from all continents for a rich and intense time of fraternal exchange.
This Congress now takes place every three years. The next one will take place on October 2 and 3, 2015 in Belo Horizonte (Brazil) with the theme:
“Politics, Business and Civil Society for the Common Good: How to work together for a better world”.
Uniapac work on CSR
In 2008, UNIAPAC International released the document “The Profit of Values” which promotes the organization’s vision on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) focused on the human person. UNIAPAC Latin American Congress on CSR began to develop “tools” to put their CSR vision into practice, through the development of a CSR Protocol which could be used as a base from which to promote a CSR process based on putting Christian Social Thought principles and values into practice. This project was called “CSR Person-Centered Protocol”.
UNIAPAC in Brief
UNIAPAC is a federation of associations, an international meeting place for Christian Business Leaders. Its goal is to promote, in the light of the Christian Social Teaching, a vision and a deployment of Corporate Social Responsibility serving people and the Common Good in the World.
UNIAPAC was born in 1931 as “Conférences Internationales des Associations de Patrons Catholiques", between federations of Dutch, Belgian and French Catholic Employers,and with observers from Italy, Germany and Czechoslovakia, on the occasion of the 40 th anniversary of the Encyclical “Rerum Novarum” in Roma. After World War II, UNIAPAC enlarged to other European countries and to Latin-American Countries and changed its first name for, in French, ‘UNion Internationale des Associations PAtronales Catholiques', with the initials UNIAPAC (1949).
In 1962 , UNIAPAC becomes an ecumenical association under the new denomination "International Christian Union of Business Executives", conserving its initials. UNIAPAC gathers today Christian Business Leaders Associations in 36 countries in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia. UNIAPAC represents 16.000 very active business executives around the world, working in various leading sectors of the world economy.
Uniapac advocates for a free economy based upon the respect of the person paramount dignity and the sense of Common Good. The President of Uniapac International is Mr. José Maria Simone.
Ethics & Finance.
UNIAPAC, in cooperation with the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the World Savings Banks Institute has been organizing a cycle of conferences in Frankfurt, Roma, Milan and in Paris on “Finance and Common Good”.
The President of the Council, Cardinal Peter Turkson, asked UNIAPAC to have this document discussed with financial experts, which was done during one day-colloquium in the BUNDESBANK in Frankfurt/Germany in September 2012. It was such a fruitful meeting that the Pontifical Council and UNIAPAC decided to engage in a longer term dialogue about ethics and regulation in the financial markets, which may lead to another - possibly joint - document.
The aim is to encourage the international decision makers to a stronger orientation of the global financial and monetary systems to the Global Common Good.
February 17th, 2014, Roma (Italy):
Joint Consultation between the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (PCJP) and Uniapac on the urgent priorities with regard to the cooperation between Uniapac and the Church. The main areas of discussion were practical principles for business, including the issue of an “inclusive economy”, the importance of framework conditions such as common good-oriented governance and social/institutional ethics, the concept and significance of Social Impact Investing and the relationship between this approach and the Catholic Social Teaching. Uniapac and the PCJP both emphasise the importance of strengthening cooperation ties with Catholic universities around the world.
February 16th, 2014, meeting in Roma (Italy) with Justice & Peace:
The Executive Committee of Uniapac participated in a meeting with Cardinals Oscar Rodriguez Madariaga and Peter K.A. Turkson to discuss the content of the statement of Uniapac in response to the 2013 apostolic exhortation EVANGELII GAUDIUM. This document will also serve as a basis for discussion for the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda of the United Nations.
“Evangelii Gaudium” is an extremely important document. We take it as a call to look at the missionary dynamism of the church and to look at the needs – both material and spiritual – of the poor. We take it as a call to re-act to it with spiritual renewal and personal engagement of our members and with the firm commitment to contribute to the transformation of the socio-economic and political world towards the common good. We understand that that evangelization is about both, announcing the gospel and spreading the word of God and at the same time addressing the social realities of the world with special regard to the poor.
July 11 & 12, 2014: Scientific Committee organised by J&P in Roma (Italy) on "The Global Common Good: Towards a more Inclusive Economy":
Regarding Uniapac representation, José Ignacio Mariscal, José Maria Simone, Professor Habbish, Professor Zamagni and Brian Griffith were present. There were many different participants from all over the world and from different organizations, with a total of 68 persons. All the invited were requested to react and send their comments on the Exhortation "Evangelii Gaudium".
Final Statement Seminar on the Global Common Good:
The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace is grateful to the undersigned experts and academics who gathered at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on July 11-12, 2014 to discuss the urgent questions of a more inclusive economy and governance for the Common Good.
Pope Paul VI challenged his fellow Church-leaders to enter into “dialogue with other Christian brethren and all people of good will, to discern the options and commitments which are called for in order to bring about the social, political and economic changes seen in many cases to be urgently needed” (Octogesima Adveniens § 4).
More specifically, according to Pope Francis, "we cannot understand the Good News of Jesus Christ – the gospel of dignity and fraternity, of justice and peace – without being aware of real poverty, i.e. by turning our backs on the scandal of exclusion or blindly hoping that it will take care of itself (cf. Evangelii Gaudium, § 54). Quite on the contrary, it will be by putting the human being back into the heart of economics and politics, by welcoming the participation of the poor, that poverty can be overcome and the planet safeguarded".
Based on the common precepts of Religions, and through ongoing dialogue, the primary focus is to identify common values for the management of Business and Economics. The 2013 Beirut Conference was a remarkable materialization of this.
Initiated by UNIAPAC with the cooperation of MA'AM (Islamic-Christian Gathering of Lebanese Entrepreneurs) and KAS (Konrad Adenauer Foundation), it gathered over 400 Entrepreneurs and 34 Speakers from many Arab and Western countries around an "Economy serving Mankind".
Video of the 2013 Conference