On March 31, 2022, the NCC was honored as an original founder by the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) at a virtual gala, “ICCR at 50: Keeping the Faith.”
In a letter to the NCC, Josh Zinner, ICCR Chief Executive Officer, wrote, “When faith groups first filed shareholder proposals in 1971 asking companies to sever business ties with South Africa until its government abolished apartheid, little did they know they were birthing an organization and igniting a movement that would endure for 50 years. Fast forward to today, and the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility’s faith-and values-based members continue to be at both the forefront and center of global investor efforts to promote corporate accountability for deleterious impacts on people and planet.“
On behalf of ICCR’s board, members and staff, Mr. Zinner relayed, “we are deeply grateful for the original vision and your abiding faith in the work of the ICCR community.”
Attending the event on behalf of NCC were Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton, NCC Governing Board Chair and Presiding Bishop of the Fifth Episcopal District, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church; and Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, Past Chair of the NCC Governing Board, and General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ.
The opening worship service was led by The Most Reverend Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate, Chief Pastor, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Episcopal Church.
Reverend Traci Blackmon, Associate General Minister of Justice and Local Church Ministries of the United Church of Christ, gave the Keynote Address, “Keeping the Faith During these Turbulent Times.”
NCC has been awarded a plaque to commemorate its role in ICCR’s founding.