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18
Oct

‘Ethical’ funds still pouring money into coal, oil and gas, new report finds

By The Guardian
Report by advisers Barchester Green names winners and sinners of ethical and environmental funds industry. Should ethical investment funds be putting millions of pounds of people’s money into oil, gas and coal companies? A new report says too many UK ethical funds are still invested in fossil fuels and heavily polluting industries, at a time when growing numbers of people are looking to reduce their exposure to these sectors.
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18
Oct

Rise in ethical investing can create a new moral dilemma

By The Herald Scotland
Scots are being asked to consider the moral implications of their financial decisions as part of a national drive to encourage ethical saving and investing. Religious leaders, entrepreneurs and financial advisers are supporting Good Money Week, which kicks off tomorrow, in the hope it will bolster their efforts to create a more virtuous financial system in Scotland. The Church of Scotland is galvanising its ministers to preach about the initiative, having held a high-powered conference in Glasgow earlier this month to raise awareness.
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18
Oct

Ethical investing more popular than ever, but more facts needed

By The Yorkshire Post
Half of UK investors are “ethical investors”, but not enough information is available for them to make informed decisions, research from Leeds-based TD Direct Investing has revealed. The study, which is timed to coincide with Good Money Week (see panel), shows that 78 per cent of UK investors are more likely to invest in a company with ethical practices, and 64 per cent are planning to invest in ethical funds in the next few years.
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18
Oct

How ‘good’ is your money?

By The Telegraph
A new report, released today ahead of Good Money Week (October 19-26) shows more people are moving towards ‘positive’ investments -  fairtrade, renewable energy, tackling poverty, organic farming, community projects, sustainable forestry, green transport, organic farming and social property – as people use their money to support social change in their communities.
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17
Oct

Good Money Week starts this Sunday

By Bournemouth News & Info
Good Money Week is all about making sure that your money is being used in ways that not only benefit you financially but also address any environmental or social issues that may concern you. Any steps you take towards making your money Good Money are important and we’d love to hear about what you’re doing so do please get in touch and let us know. Read the full article.
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17
Oct

Brighton area named as positive investor hotspot

By Brighton and Hove Independent
Brighton and Hove and nearby Lewes are among the UK’s top areas for positive investment. A report by Ethex (www.ethex.org.uk), the first online exchange for positive investors, found that local residents in the city and neighbouring town – grouped together for the purposes of the study – have invested £1.2 million in local community projects and businesses since 2012.
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17
Oct

Good Money week highlights investors’ role in doing good with their money

It may or may not have escaped your notice but next week (October 19-25) is Good Money week, so I hope you have all ethically-minded purchases in mind. Ok, so that is not exactly what it is all about, but it is an opportunity to ensure those you trust with your money are looking after it well and using it in ways that benefit society and protect the environment.
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17
Oct

Simon Read: It is time to think again about ethical money

By The Independent
The ethical investment industry is giving itself a makeover, but the problem seems to lie more with getting its message and its methods into the mainstream. This weekend marks the launch of Good Money Week. Haven’t heard of it? It used to be branded National Ethical Investment Week but has changed, according to the co-ordinators at the UK Social Investment Forum, making it “relevant and accessible to a much wider audience”.
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17
Oct

Make good money do good

By The Bristol Post
The West country is full of positive investment 'hotspots' according to a new report. Ethex, a not-for-profit website, identified Bristol, Bath and Devon as three of the top five places for investment in local, social and eco schemes, including plans to use renewable energy. The Make Money Do Good report found that Bristol residents, for example, have invested £5.6 million in local community projects and businesses since 2012. It was released to co-incide with Good Money Week, which runs until October 26.
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16
Oct

How to do good with your money

By Moira O'Neill, Investors Chronicle
At a headline level ethical investing appeals to many investors, but once you start researching the area it seems problematic. Lots of ethical funds have loose screening criteria and don't offer the transparency that investors need. There are still some attractive funds out there offering decent returns, but there is acceptance in the industry that the ethical label isn't working.
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