What does economic equality look like?
The work of the UK Bahá’i Office of Public Affairs in the area of Economic Justice is guided by the belief that eliminating extremes of wealth and poverty is a requisite for peace and true prosperity.
Economic Justice necessitates the establishment of policies that ensure fairness in economic processes, avoiding biases that benefit specific societal segments. This pursuit underscores the importance of robust institutional frameworks to discourage disproportionate accumulations of wealth at the upper echelons and insufficient accumulations at the lower strata, promoting the development of an equitable economic system that serves the well-being of all.
The wealth distribution advocated in the Bahá'í Writings does not necessarily imply absolute equality, recognising the inherent diversity among individuals in their abilities. Consequently, variations in social and economic standing are anticipated, as people possess distinct capacities. In accordance with this principle, individuals receive remuneration corresponding to their diverse abilities, resources or inclination, acknowledging the inherent distinctions in human capacities.
We focus on contributing to discourses on economic inequality in the United Kingdom by collaborating with a wide range of organizations to facilitate constructive dialogue and collectively contribute to public thought and policy.
"The welfare of any segment of humanity is inextricably bound up with the welfare of the whole... There is no justification for continuing to perpetuate structures, rules, and systems that manifestly fail to serve the interests of all peoples.”
-The Bahá'í Writings