RSF envisions an economy rooted in equity, healing, and interconnectedness. Our mission is to catalyze transformation by circulating capital to social enterprises for a more just, regenerative, and compassionate world.
We stand against racism, sexism, and any other form of discrimination within our organization and work with clients. We are committed to being an inclusive and antiracist organization across all levels of our work environment, strategy, and funding of social enterprises. We bring a sincere desire to listen, learn, and continuously hold ourselves accountable.
RSF recognizes that racism and patriarchy have shaped the American financial system. We see justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion as fundamental to a regenerative financial system, and are examining our role in perpetuating and combatting social, economic, and institutional inequities.
The associative economic principles that inspired the formation of RSF Social Finance and several of RSF’s stakeholder-based practices today came from the teachings of Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925). Steiner’s work also includes racist and white supremacist theories about the hierarchies of race and human evolution. We find Steiner’s comments and characterizations of race offensive, hurtful, and indefensible. We acknowledge the pain caused by not acknowledging and denouncing Steiner’s racism sooner and more forcefully. Our staff and board reject all racism. We engaged in an honest examination to acknowledge and confront Steiner’s statements on race and commit to the ongoing work of opposing racism and white supremacy in our time.
RSF funds Waldorf education, biodynamic agriculture, and other initiatives inspired by Steiner’s work. Like all social enterprises that receive funding from RSF, these organizations contribute to a more just, regenerative, and compassionate world.
RSF is committed to incorporating justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion principles and practices in all our work. Steps we have taken include: