Who is Nora Nash?
Based in the US, Nora Nash is a nun and an activist shareholder. She is a Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia – where she also holds the title of director of Corporate Responsibility – and she is also a member of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility.
Where have you heard about Nora Nash?
The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia have made a name for themselves over the last decade for their efforts to ensure that certain corporations act responsibly. They have tackled Kroger over farm worker rights, challenged McDonald’s over childhood obesity and urged Wells Fargo to re-examine their lending practices.
What you need to know about Nora Nash.
Nash grew up in Ireland, but in 1959 she emigrated to Pennsylvania to join the Sisters of St. Francis – an order founded with a focus on social justice. In 1980, Nora and the Sisters formed a committee on corporate responsibility, with the aim of ensuring that the companies in which they had invested their retirement fund were acting morally and in line with their values of being socially responsible. Nash’s position as a nun has been an effective advantage in ensuring her views are heard – businesses are reluctant to deny the nuns their chance to speak as it could lead to serious PR issues.
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