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Economics and investment: Why your conscience need not damage your returns

Backing the most progressive companies can be good financial strategy

By Iona Bain   Winter Special


Ethical investment funds have been around since the 1980s. The recent growth of environmental consciousness has stoked awareness, and the past two years have seen a big rise in funds that target our consciences. Traditionally these avoid so-called “sin sectors” such as tobacco, alcohol, weapons, gambling, and these days they increasingly abhor oil. More fashionable now are funds that claim to cherry-pick the companies with the most positive impacts on society or the environment.

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