UK ethical investment reaches all-time high

SRIMoney invested in UK-domiciled green and ethical funds has reached £12.2 billion (€14.3 billion) – its highest ever level and up from £4 billion in 2001. Eiris, an ethical investment research firm, released the figure in the run up to the UK's sixth National Ethical Investment Week, which runs from October 13-19. Eiris says that defined contribution pension holders are seeking ethical options. A recent Eiris and Ipsos Mori national consumer found 65% of adults surveyed felt that it was either essential or very important that a pension scheme invests in companies that act in line with conventions and principles that prevent child labour; 65% felt the same on preventing forced labour; 55% on respecting workers' rights; 54% on protecting human rights; and 46% on safeguarding the environment. ©2013 funds europe

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