Ethical Investing is hardly a new phenomenon; individuals and organisations have been considering ethical criteria as part of the process of capital allocation for many years. Indeed, the history of ethical investing dates back to at least 1758 when the Quakers ruled out investing in the slave trade. For many years, ethical investing was the domain of the religious. Everyone will have their own reasons for becoming an ethical investor: here are mine.
The founder of Ethical Equities, Claude Walker, is no longer contributing to this website, which is now kept online as an archive. However you can continue to follow Claude's investing journey at A Rich Life, his new periodical covering arts, culture, philosophy and, of course, Ethical Investing. Simply google "A Rich Life Claude Walker" to find the site, or click on this link: A Rich Life.
Archive: Here's Claude's last portfolio performance update.
There are three main types of ethical investing:
1) Positive contribution - favouring a company because its activities make society better
2) Negative screen - excluding a company because its activities hurt society
3) Comparative superiority - favouring a company over a similar company, because, in comparison, it is better for or less harmful to society.
Our ethics also cause us to call for a retraction from investors, like Scott Phillips, who argued that people were over-reacting to the coronavirus because the flu kills more people.
This website has two purposes. One is to encourage people to invest in accordance with their own ethics, and the other is to encourage financial advisers and fund managers to do their jobs with integrity to their clients. The Hypothetical Ethical Share Portfolio is my experiment in ethical investing; don't hesitate to create your own.
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