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News Tag: ethical investment

July 8, 2010

Shareholder eco-activism takes root in Australia

by David Masters
Shareholder eco-activism takes root in Australia
Australian Ethical Investments has announced plans to invest in ethically dubious energy firms with the aim of changing their business practices through shareholder activism. The Climate Advocacy Fund (CAF), launched today, will invest in big polluters with the aim of using shareholder influence to encourage firms to green themselves up. Companies will urged to rethink how they manage climate change risk and reduce ...




July 6, 2010

Co-operative and Ecclesiastical sponsor ethical investment week

by David Masters
Co-operative and Ecclesiastical sponsor ethical investment week
The Co-operative Financial Services and Ecclesiastical Investment Management were named yesterday as sponsors of the third annual National Ethical Investment Week (NEIW). NEIW 2010, on 7-13 November, is a series of events and other activities across the UK to raise awareness of green and ethical investment options. UKSIF, the sustainable investment association behind NEIW, said the problems BP is facing at the ...




June 22, 2010

Ethical funds to shun BP

by David Masters
Ethical funds to shun BP
The small number of ethical funds with investments in BP are considering pulling out of the beleaguered oil supplier - two months after the biggest oil spill in history began on BP's watch. BP is a 'light green' company, meaning ethical investors buy shares in the firm to encourage it, as shareholders, to behave in an ethical way. This is compared to 'dark green' ...




June 16, 2010

China ranked bottom for ethical investment

by David Masters
China ranked bottom for ethical investment
Ethical investors looking to put money into emerging market economies should avoid China, Egypt and Vietnam, the Ethical Investment Research Service (Eiris) has claimed. Research by the group found these three countries to be the worst performers in terms of Environmental, Social, and Governance indicators. The three best-performing emerging market countries were South Korea, Brazil, and Mexico. Both Brazil and Mexico scored higher on ...




June 15, 2010

Islamic finance to outpace conventional banking

by David Masters
Islamic finance to outpace conventional banking
Islamic finance is set to grow at double the pace of the conventional banking sector, Singapore's finance minister has claimed. Lim Hung Kiang said he expects the sector to break through the $1 trillion mark in total assets by the end of 2010. Speaking yesterday at the World Islamic Banking Conference Asia Summit in Singapore, Lim said increased take up in Islamic banking ...




June 14, 2010

Should ethical funds invest in BP?

by David Masters
Should ethical funds invest in BP?
At least ten self-proclaimed "ethical" funds hold shares in BP despite the oil producer's pivotal role in the worst oil spill in history. The ethical investment funds holding BP in their portfolio include SWIP Pan-European SRI Equity, SWIP Global SRI, Real Life A, Church of England Investment, COIF Charities Investment, Aberdeen Responsible UK Equity, Marlborough Ethical, CBF Church of England UK Equity, ...




June 11, 2010

Ethical finance entering the mainstream

by David Masters
Ethical finance entering the mainstream
Since the financial crisis city bankers, fund managers and financial advisers have become more aware than ever before of green and ethical investment options. Recent research by F&C Investments found 73% of investors would consider taking advantage of an ethical investment trust if one became available. According to the UK sustainable investment and finance association (UKSIF), this is evidence that ethical finance is entering ...




May 31, 2010

Organic garden offers ethical investment opportunity

by David Masters
Ethical investors in Wales are being given the opportunity to invest in an organic market garden. The 10-acre site will supply fresh produce - including vegetables, salads, and fruit - for Cardiff's Riverside Market and a vegetable box scheme. The social enterprise will have an estimated turnover of £170,000 and will provide enough vegetables to feed around 200 families. Organisers aim to have the garden in full production by ...




May 19, 2010

Charity workers want ethical pensions

by David Masters
Charity workers want ethical pensions
Nearly three quarters (72%) of charity workers believe their pension should be invested ethically. Research by the Pensions Trust found charity workers rate ethical investment as one of the most important attributes for their pension scheme. Other pension attributes rated important by charity workers included value at retirement and company engagement with shareholders. Seven in ten (69%) wanted their pension provider to consider the environmental, ...




May 6, 2010

Will New Zealand invest government funds ethically?

by David Masters
Will New Zealand invest government funds ethically?
New Zealand MPs are set to vote on a bill that would ensure government funds are ethically invested. The bill, sponsored by MP Grant Robertson, would mean the government could only invest in socially and environmentally responsible companies. "I believe that New Zealanders want [government] investments to be ethically sound," Robertson said. "What this Bill will do is give clear and consistent criteria ...




April 27, 2010

Social enterprises struggle to raise capital

by David Masters
Social enterprises struggle to raise capital
Social enterprises are underfunded because they lack access to capital, according to a new report launched this week in Australia. The Financing Social Enterprise report, researched by Foresters Community Finance, said social enterprises are often unable to access finance from mainstream lending institutions. "The greatest challenge for emerging social businesses is their lack of access to capital for growth and development," said Ingrid ...




April 26, 2010

Hydroelectricity offers H2oPE to ethical investors

by David Masters
Hydroelectricity offers H2oPE to ethical investors
A new social enterprise is looking to transform redundant Victorian river weirs into hydroelectric turbines. H2oPE is installing the turbines at two locations in northern England, and is looking for small-scale investors to back the new schemes. Investors can buy shares in a particular turbine for just £1 each, with a minimum purchase of 250 shares, and a maximum permitted investment of £20,000. Electricity ...




April 21, 2010

Charity finances should match their ideals

by David Masters
Charity finances should match their ideals
Charities should ensure their investments and pension schemes match up to their ideals by putting their money into an ethical fund, an ethical financial adviser claimed yesterday. Barchester Green Investment (BGI) made the comment as it begins working with two leading social enterprises, SEDEX and World Development Movement, on designing and selecting ethical pension schemes for employees. Selecting an ethical investment fund is ...




March 5, 2010

Norway excludes tobacco investments from oil fund

by David Masters
Norway excludes tobacco investment from oil fund
Norway's government pension fund can no longer be invested in tobacco companies under new guidelines introduced by the country's Ministry of Finance. "Production of tobacco has been introduced as a new criterion for exclusion, and we have already followed up the Council on Ethics' recommendations to sell our holdings in tobacco producing companies," said finance minister Sigbjørn Johnsen. The $450 billion ...




March 4, 2010

Kirk organises fair finance conference

by David Masters
Kirk organises fair finance conference
Faith communities need to do more to understand the environmental and social consequences of the financial markets, according to church leaders in Scotland. Rev Ian Galloway, convenor of the Church of Scotland's Church and Society Council, said: "Communities of faith need to consider the social and environmental impacts of our financial system." He added that churches need to take the lead in working out ...




February 8, 2010

Church snubs mining company over ethical concerns

by David Masters
Church snubs mining company over ethical concerns
The finance arm of the Church of England has said it will withdraw its £2.5 million investment from Vedanta, an India-based mining project, over concerns about human rights abuses by the company. In a statement released Friday, the church said Vedanta has not done enough to improve its respect for human rights. Campaigners who believe the church should invest ethically have long ...




February 5, 2010

Ethical investments outperform standard market

by David Masters
Ethical investments outperform standard market
Socially responsible investments marginally outperformed the standard market over the past decade, new research has revealed. Jantzi, a Toronto-based environmental and social responsibility research firm, said its Jantzi Social Index (JSI), made up of green and ethical companies, produced an average annual return of 5.68% between 2000 and 2009. This is compared to an average 5.61% annualised gain for the S&P/TSX (Standard & Poor's/Toronto ...




November 30, 2009

Ethical investment has 200 year history

by David Masters
Ethical investment has 200 year history
John Wesley, the 18th century founder of the Methodist Church, was one of the first people to champion ethical investments, it has been revealed. Wesley's investment motto, which he declared in a sermon more than 200 years ago, was to " Gain all we can without hurting our neighbour." Wesley urged investors to avoid putting money into businesses such as tanning and chemical ...




November 21, 2009

Only 50% of Brits care about investing ethically

by David Masters
Only 50% of Brits care about investing ethically
Only half of Brits would be interested in finding out the ethical credentials of the next financial product they purchase, new research has discovered. The EIRIS (Experts in Responsible Investment Solutions)-commissioned poll found that just 44% of the British public are curious to know whether or not their money is being invested ethically. Of these, a quarter would discard the information ...




November 10, 2009

Brits profess desire to invest ethically

by David Masters
More than two thirds of the British public consider their outlook on life to be either very or fairly green and ethical, new research has discovered. The YouGov poll, conducted on behalf of National Ethical Investment Week (NEIW), also found that nearly half (49%) of people with savings and investments would like to use their money to make a difference. However, despite the professed good intentions, only 8% ...




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