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Scratch the surface of many ethical funds and three issues come to the fore: human rights, the environment and animal welfare. These and other issues of interest to ethical investors are explored in depth on the websites listed below.

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Animal Issues

The welfare of animals has traditionally been a key area of concern in ethical investment, especially when it comes to laboratory testing. Ethical investors support animal welfare by taking care where their money is invested.

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Armaments

Investing ethically commonly means avoiding those companies who derive a certain percentage of their sales from weapons manufacture.

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Consumer and Trade Issues

Ethical investors can back companies that have signed up to fair trade projects, such as the Ethical Trading Initiative.

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Corporate Ethics

Companies have an enormous effect on society in many different ways. Pressure from ethical investors can encourage companies to make changes on many fronts.

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Employees

Companies can impinge on human rights through their work conditions, either directly as an employer or indirectly through suppliers. Ethical investors can avoid investment in such companies, but can also use their financial muscle to persuade them to adopt policies that aim to eradicate human rights abuses.

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Environment

Ethical investors can make a real difference to the environmental performance of companies by ensuring their money promotes corporate policies that aim to reduce environmental impact.

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Food and Farming

Ethical investors can use their investments to encourage food suppliers and manufacturers to adopt more eco-friendly techniques.

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Human Rights

Ethical investment policies can persuade companies to develop clear guidelines on human rights. Some companies may even be encouraged by ethical investors to pull out of trouble spots or to cease working with oppressive regimes, or to begin to use their presence positively and press for change in the country concerned.

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Regulatory and Government

Ethical investors in a company pension scheme now have the chance to influence directly the ethical criteria applied to their fund. Since July 2000, all occupational pension funds have to consider formally whether or not to develop policies on social, ethical and environmental issues.

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Tobacco

The modern roots of socially responsible investment can be traced back to the 1920s when the Methodist church wanted to start investing in the stockmarket. Churches have been avoiding tobacco investments for years.

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Other Useful Websites


Government Employee Pension Schemes

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Pensions Calculator

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Map Sites

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