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Tim Leonard

Tim Leonard

Finance Expert
Published: 20/05/2009

New research has revealed that 18 per cent more people intend to invest ethically this year.

It is further evidence that the financial crisis will lead to a growth in green investments, according to The Co-operative Investments, which has seen its own ethical fund grow by a similar amount through 2008 and this year.

Furthermore, latest figures from the Investment Management Association show retail inflow into ethical funds has exceeded outflow in each of the previous 14 months since February last year.

Currently, ethical funds make up just one per cent of the UK fund landscape. Typically, companies which fall within this category contribute to the environment, human welfare and sustainability.

Those looking to invest in such businesses are advised to avoid companies dealing in tobacco or armaments, or other activities or products that are perceived as having a negative impact on the wider world.

"The focus of ethical funds to seek out stocks with responsible and sustainable business models has made them an increasingly more attractive proposition to investors," said head of investments, Zack Hockling.

"Many ethical funds have now proven that they can deliver performance in line with the very best unit trusts in the market, while helping bring about positive change in society."

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