There are lots of different reasons why people are increasingly looking to save and invest ethically or positively. Some stem from a dislike of certain sectors such as fossil fuels, tobacco or arms manufacturing, whilst other reasons can relate to the fact that many companies often prioritise short term profits over longer term benefits to society. In contrast, the motivation for others may be driven more by the aim of ‘making money do good’ rather than simply screening out negative investments.
In the past, arguments against investing ethically have often focused on the notion that you can’t create a positive social impact whilst also generating a financial return. This really isn’t the case, and can be demonstrated by the range of investment opportunities currently available on the Ethex platform including; Energise Africa Bonds, Bovey Paradiso and Resilient Energy Alvington Court Withdrawable Shares and Oikocredit Depository Receipts. Of course, each of these projects are different and have different forecast returns and risks.
Whatever your reasons for looking to invest more positively, taking much greater ownership and control of your money to generate an impact is definitely a good idea - as ultimately you get to choose where and how your money is invested.