Green and ethical finance organisations are amongst companies showcasing their products at the UKAWARE 2010 green and ethical lifestyle show held today and tomorrow at London’s Olympia.
Ethical investment research organisation Eiris is introducing consumers to the Your Ethical Money website, at the UKAWARE event. The website offers free and independent green and ethical finance information, aimed at consumers looking for a more ethical home for their money, whether it’s a savings account, investment, Isa, pension fund or current account.
Mark Robertson, Communications and Development Manager at EIRIS said: ‘There is growing interest in ethical finance, suggesting that the message that it is possible to both make money and make a difference when investing ethically is starting to get through to consumers.
‘We are taking part in the UKAWARE 2010 event to to make it easy for members of the public to choose financial products which match their ethical concerns, helping them to make a positive difference with their money. Many consumers are taking action to incorporate ethical and green behaviour into their daily lives – ethical money is one of the many options where people can make a real difference.’
Arm yourself with information about ethical finance before you commit
Martyn Saville, Which? Principal Researcher, commented: ‘Green and ethical finance is a potential minefield for consumers, with many confused about just how green financial services companies really are and whether their claims are to be trusted. The Eiris website offers consumers information about ethical finance and is a valuable tool if you’re thinking about the social, as well as financial, impact of your banking and investment decisions.
‘The website, run by the Eiris Foundation, offers a range of search tools and downloadable guides, including details on climate change, human rights, arms dealing and intensive-farming. If you’re considering putting your money into an ethical investment, the site is a useful source of information that will arm you when you go to see an Independent Financial Adviser. The Your Ethical Money website also includes a searchable database for independent financial advisers providing advice on ethical finance.’
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