Last weekend saw the wrapping up of the fourth National Ethical Investment Week (NEIW). The annual campaign, established by the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF), aims to let individuals know how they can make money and make a difference. The week forms a significant period of activity for us here at Shared Interest, as encouraging people to invest ethically is at the heart of what we do. UKSIF’s Lisa Wootton described ethical investment as ‘the natural next step’ for those who buy fair trade products and we wholeheartedly agree.
Last Monday as part of NEIW, I participated in the Investing Ethically Conference in London. The conference was organised by Independent Financial Advisers, Investing Ethically Ltd and brought together a host of organisations offering ethical investment options. Keynote speakers included Harriet Lamb of the Fairtrade Foundation and Helen Boothroyd of the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR). Harriet opened the conference with emphasis on the opportunity that the ethical investment movement has now. A chance to take stock, to rethink and to do things differently, Harriet called on us all to put ‘integrity into investment and ethics into economics’.
We couldn’t agree more. We’re looking forward to hearing about how successful the week has been and about how we can get involved in the fifth anniversary of NEIW in 2012.
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