By The Observer
Trends need not be fickle engines of pure consumerism. We have them in ethical living, too you know. 2015 is all about self-reliance. More dynamic than the downshifting trend (work fewer hours, move to the countryside, keep bees), self-reliance is about actively claiming ownership of our lives and wresting supply chains from global corporations. So from food to finance, watch out for local organisations which offer alternative ways of doing things and systems that are not reliant on the whims of big business or local government.
By Capita Connection
Julia Dreblow of ‘sriServices’ offers an overview of some of 2014’s SRI highlights, and their implications for advisers… Good Money Week Fresh in my mind as I write this is UKSIF’s awareness raising campaign ‘Good Money Week’ – formerly ‘National Ethical Investment Week’. The campaign enjoyed phenomenal support this year as the ‘sustainable and responsible investment’ market leaped into action with events organised by IFAs, service providers, fund manager and others.
By Money Market
Investing in values, not just to make money, but to create a better society and protect the environment. This was the main objective of the seventh edition of the Good Money Week, organized by The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) between 19 and 25 of October.
By Newtownabbey Times
Last month saw the rebranding of National Ethical Investment Week to Good Money Week. The aim is to raise awareness of sustainable, responsible and ethical (SRI) investing. The aim of SRI investing is to allow you to have a positive impact on the environment and society through your investments without sacrificing performance. SRI investments are most commonly share-based and there are around 100 core investment funds to choose from.
By Your Money
October was another busy month in the markets with Apple, Tesco and Alibaba at the forefront of investors’ minds. For the second month in a row, Apple was the most bought and sold international stock by TD investors, benefitting from the huge consumer media exposure around their recent product launches and exceptional Q4 financial results.
By The Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR)
To mark its 25th anniversary, the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR), the church investor advocacy coalition has released a report ‘Using Ethical Investment to Close the Gap’, a radical call to action for the investor community to use their ownership responsibilities to address ever increasing levels of wealth inequality in the UK.
By Standard Life Investments
Good Money Week, provides an opportunity for both retail and institutional investors to consider green, responsible investment and finance options in their decision making. The interest in investment options that consider softer social and environmental factors of corporate behaviour has grown considerably over the past decade. Companies can no longer work in isolation. What they do, how they behave and the products they manufacture all have an impact on the communities and the wider environment in which they operate.
By Citywire Money
Investors in the UK are keen to make their voices heard with 70% willing to voice their opinions on unethical company activity such as tax evasion, intensive farming and animal testing, according to The Share Centre. However, 79% of those people said they don’t know how to raise an objection to company policies or understand their rights as a shareholder.
By Co-operative News
Co-operative News, a media organisation for the co-operative sector, has launched a new online hub to provide readers with news, analysis and ideas about ethical finance in co-operative and mutual organisations. The hub has been launched in association with the Ecology Building Society, a unique green and ethical finance provider. Visit the hub at http://www.thenews.coop/collection/ethical-finance/.
By Money Marketing
To mark Good Money Week on 19-25 October, advisers could discuss charitable giving with their clients and consider donor-advised funds as part of the usual financial planning process. DAFs are popular in the US but are relatively new in the UK. They are essentially savings accounts that enable people to give money or other assets such as shares to their chosen charities without the high entry levels, expense and administrative burden of setting up their own charitable foundations.