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Tech-savvy Millennial generation prompts evolution of ethical investment

By Herald Scotland

While ethical investment really took off around 25 years ago, ethics and investments have existed for centuries.

As far back as 1602 the first company to issue shares, the Dutch East India Company, faced boycotts from religious institutions because of its involvement in the slave trade.

This boycott failed then for the same reason that demand for values-based investment is growing today - the ownership of listed companies.

The market was once owned by a few wealthy individuals, but today the markets are largely owned by pension funds representing millions of individuals.

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