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nigel woollsey

Nigel Woollsey

Online Writer
Published: 02/03/2020

How do we decide which ethical funds get the best rating?

Every 12 months, the Moneyfacts product specialists take an in-depth look over the ethical funds sector to determine which are judged worthy of our coveted four- and five-star annual Star Ratings. Many different elements are carefully weighed and judged in comparison with the other products currently available to determine which ethical funds are truly leaders in their class when it comes to the benefits they provide to consumers.

The Moneyfacts Star Ratings are an impartial and highly respected overview of many categories of financial products, valued by professionals, providers and consumers alike.

The features and benefits of each ethical fund products that we closely examine are expanded on in the ‘What elements of ethical funds do we look at?’ section below.

How does a star rating help me find the best ethical funds?

Moneyfacts Star Ratings are both independent and impartial – meaning we can provide consumers with an expert analysis for the whole market – so you can have confidence that the ethical funds we score highly really are among the best that can be found.

Find out more about ethical investments

Find out more about how ethical investments work in our guide. 

What elements of ethical funds do we look at?

A considerable number of features are considered in the final star rating awarded to an ethical fund product. These include:

• Flexibility of investment amount
• Initial entry charges
• Ongoing charges
• Linked products available
• In addition, the level of involvement with the investing companies is considered
• The avoidance of negative investing, including that which benefits from animal testing, armaments, environmental damage and oppressive regimes
• The support of positive investment, incorporating employee welfare/rights, packaging reduction and sustainable forestry.


Ethical Funds - Five Stars

  • ASI Ethical Corporate Bond Fund
  • ASI Europe ex UK Ethical Equity Fund
  • ASI UK Ethical Equity Fund
  • BMO Responsible Global Equity Fund
  • BMO Responsible Sterling Bond
  • BMO Responsible UK Equity Growth Fund
  • BMO Responsible UK Income Fund
  • EdenTree Responsible & Sustainable European Equity Fund
  • EdenTree Responsible & Sustainable Global Equity Fund
  • EdenTree Responsible & Sustainable Sterling Bond Fund
  • EdenTree Responsible & Sustainable UK Equity Fund
  • Janus Henderson Global Sustainable Equity
  • Janus Henderson Institutional Global Responsible Managed
  • Janus Henderson UK Responsible Income
  • Jupiter Ecology
  • Liontrust Sustainable Future Cautious Managed Fund
  • Liontrust Sustainable Future Corporate Bond Fund
  • Liontrust Sustainable Future Defensive Managed Fund
  • Liontrust Sustainable Future European Growth Fund
  • Liontrust Sustainable Future Global Growth Fund
  • Liontrust Sustainable Future Managed Fund
  • Liontrust Sustainable Future Managed Growth Fund
  • Liontrust Sustainable Future UK Growth Fund
  • Liontrust UK Ethical Fund
  • Premier Miton Ethical Fund

Ethical Funds - Four Stars

  • Aegon Ethical Cautious Managed OEIC
  • Aegon Ethical Corporate Bond Fund OEIC
  • Aegon Ethical Equity Fund OEIC
  • BMO Sustainable Universal MAP Balanced C Acc Fund
  • BMO Sustainable Universal MAP Cautious C Acc Fund
  • BMO Sustainable Universal MAP Growth C Acc Fund
  • Jupiter Responsible Income
  • Rathbone Ethical Bond Fund
  • Royal London Sustainable Managed Income
  • Royal London Sustainable Managed Growth
  • 7IM Sustainable Balance

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