Jan Oliff, Independent Financial Adviser and Planner, shares part of her recent second Ethical Investment Conference:
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There are several websites giving detailed descriptions of what Ethical Investing is and what each available fund is mandated to achieve. For that and many other reasons, I do not intend to add more information to that already easily available.
I do want to talk about why I promote this sector.
Logic says that companies who behave in a responsible and principled way are less likely to create environmental damage, leading to loss of reputation and profit.
Ensuring their entire supply chain meet stringent standards of fair wages, good health and safety and responsible behaviour to their community, provides them with certainty, minimising risk of reputational damage, fines or compensation payments.
Companies who take care of their human capital grow and thrive. In a competitive world the best and brightest increasingly chose companies with good corporate governance.
Each of these themes mitigate towards better and sustainable profits. However it can mean the exercise of patience, rather than a quick return.