By Holly Black, Financial Mail on Sunday
More investors are looking to do good with their money but are unsure how to go about it. While 80 per cent of people surveyed by investment giant Schroders say they try to help the environment by recycling or reducing their household waste, just 34 per cent have considered investing as a way to contribute to a more sustainable society.
By Donna Ferguson, The Guardian
When John Bird launched the Big Issue in 1991, he had no idea how to make money ethically – or how successful his magazine would turn out to be. “I wanted to create a sustainable alternative to begging, crime and prostitution for people stuck on the streets,” he says. “But I was not a saintly person. I’d go out, get drunk and roll into the office late and stinking. I employed people who, like me, had a history of drugs, crime and violence, and some of them ripped us off. I blundered from one mistake to another.”
By Church Times
“WATER privatisation looks little more than an organised rip-off” declared a headline in the Financial Times on 10 September. The paper’s City Editor, Jonathan Ford, reported: “Bills are rising to fund massive shareholder payouts.”
By Mark Fawcett, FT Adviser
n responsible investment help advisers plot a course to better long term returns for their clients? We have just celebrated Good Money Week, an event that encourages consumers to make sure banks, pensions, savings and investments are looking after their money properly. It wants people to check whether their money is being used ‘in ways that benefit you, society and the environment.’ Full article
By Jeff Salway, The Scotsman
Sticking to your principles can be far from easy, says Jeff Salway Savers and investors in Scotland increasingly want their money to make a positive change to society and the environment, a study has found. But while the appetite for ethical products and investments is stronger than ever, working out how best to invest in line with your principles is far from easy.
By Ethical Corporation
Not-so-clean energy, shipping cuts sulphur, Ecotricity issues bond, forest-fighting app, artisanal mining, teaching circular economy, Uber drivers’ victory, ethical investment dilemma, The Body Shop expands conservation Wind energy boom ‘increasing human rights abuses’
By Lee Mannion, Pioneers Post
An idea to help customers identify which financial products operate in a sustainable or ethical way has been given a thumbs up by the public in a survey. Of more than 2,000 respondents, 63% supported the idea of a kitemark-style label to help customers identify which financial products operate in a sustainable or ethical way and 43% said it would make them more likely to buy a financial product.
By Darius McDermott, FT Adviser
Money Week runs from October 30 to November 5 and raises awareness that sustainable and ethical options can have a positive impact on society without sacrificing financial performance. So it seems apt that, this week, I highlight the Rathbone Ethical Bond fund. Sitting in the IA Sterling Corporate Bond sector, it invests in quality investment grade bonds and has had one of the highest yields among its peers (currently 4.6 per cent). For an income investor wanting to save responsibly it could be a good core fixed income holding.
By Blue & Green Tomorrow
The latest estimate by Vigeo Eiris of the size of ethical and green funds across Europe indicates that UK retail investors entrusted more than £15bn to these funds in 2016. This figure is broadly similar to the £15bn figure EIRIS published for the UK alone in 2015. The estimate is based on research from the 17th edition of the study ‘Green, Social and Ethical Funds in Europe’ conducted by Vigeo Eiris in partnership with Morningstar and covering the period June 2015 – 2016.