Ethex offers you both a comprehensive analysis of positive investment opportunities, a way to find out about the businesses behind them and how to invest in them. It is the closest thing to an Ethical Stock Exchange to be found in the UK.
In 2009 Ethex director Jamie Hartzell wrote a paper entitled Towards a Social Stock Exchange which was published by Oxford University Business School. Although what was proposed there is not identical to Ethex, that paper sowed the seeds for the creation of Ethex as you see it now.
If there were to be a Social Stock Exchange, the businesses you might find listed on it would be very different to those on the London Stock Exchange or listed in the back of the Financial Times.
In fact, they would be so different that we have chosen to redefine the usual stock exchange market sectors to create our own positive investment sectors. The table below gives you an idea of how the traditional business sectors would change, if all the businesses on a Social Stock Exchange were businesses offering positive investment opportunties:
|Conventional stock exchange sector||Social Stock Exchange sector|
|Aerospace and Defence||None|
|Finance and Insurance||Community and ethical finance, micro-credit, credit unions|
|Food and Drink||Organic food and farming, whole foods|
|Oil Gas and Utilities||Renewable energy|
|Retail Distribution and Packaging||Fair trade, local shops, recycled goods, eco-produce|
|Property and Construction||Eco-housing, social housing, ethical property management|
|Health and Pharmaceuticals||Natural health, enhancing health and education provision|
|Industrial Manufacture||Environmental technologies|
|Leisure and Media||Community radio and TV, eco-tourism|
|Forestry and Mining||Sustainable timber, recycling companies|
|Transportation and Automobiles||Low energy transport, sustainable fuels, bicycle shops, car clubs|
|Communications and IT||Ethical or co-operative providers|
Ethex has started to class the businesses it has according to these sectors and expects to add more sectors as new businesses join. You can read more about the business sectors on Ethex here.
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