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Research Centre

We’re all about helping to grow the positive investment marketplace.

For us, that means not only making positive investment easy to understand and easy to do, but taking the lead on research into the sector. Building a picture of the positive investment marketplace helps us to understand it better and means we can develop strategies and work with policymakers, businesses and financial service providers to help it grow.

We regularly organise and participate in events to help promote the understanding of positive investment. And just about in every year since 2013 we’ve produced a ground-breaking series of reports on Positive Investment. Together these reports reveal the ‘hotspots’ in the UK where positive investors live; what they invest in, and why; how the market has grown in the past three years; and what can be done to grow the positive investment marketplace.

Our new 2017 report marks our largest and most ambitious report to date. In fact, with nearly 4,000 people surveyed this is the most extensive research ever undertaken into the positive investment market.

This study establishes that there is significant unmet demand in society for positive investment but that the finance industry needs to do more to drive uptake. Please download the Understanding the Positive Investor 2017 Report to see all the latest findings. 

Download our reports

2015 Positive Investment Report >
2014 Positive Investment Report >
2013 Positive Investment Report >

Delve deeper

Want to delve even deeper into how to make our financial system fairer? Here are some other good sources of information:

  • New economics foundation has published a book Where Does Money Come From which examines how the UK monetary system works.
  • BBC Fixing Broken Banking is a series of four radio programmes looking into the UK banking sector
  • Promises, promises: a history of debt is a radio series of 10-minute programmes in which anthropologist David Graeber looks at how debt has shaped society over 500 years
  • Positive Money is a movement for a fair, democratic and sustainable money system. They offer a selection of videos giving their take on the problem and proposed reforms to money creation
  • Fossil Free UK campaigns for divestment from fossil fuels
  • 10:10 campaigns to promote a global shift to clean energy
  • ShareAction (previously FairPensions) campaigns for responsible investment
  • ECCR is a church-based organisation working on advocacy and awareness-raising in the areas of responsible business, human rights and environmental stewardship
  • CAAT works to end the international arms trade
  • The Robin Hood Tax campaigns for tax on currency exchange to fund poverty alleviation
  • The Tax Justice Network promotes transparency in international finance.

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