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January 23, 2008

Social forum promotes Ethical Investment Week

by Gill Montia

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The UK Social Investment Forum (UKSIF), a membership network for sustainable and responsible financial services, is launching a new website aimed at increasing participation in the UK’s first National Ethical Investment Week (NEIW).

The event, which will be held between 18th and 24th May this year, marks the first occasion on which the financial services industry and grassroots organisations will come together to encourage people to consider the benefits of ethical investment.

The website is aimed at bodies such as community groups and non-governmental organisations and will include a range of information, including advice on awareness raising and providing support to local financial advisers.

Penny Shepherd, chief executive of UKSIF, says: “Behaving in ways that can help benefit the environment or society is becoming increasingly mainstream. Choosing a green and ethical investment can be another way of acting responsibly but many people are still not aware of this option.”

She adds: “The support of local champions will be critical in making the first NEIW a success so we have made it as easy as possible for them to do that, with our new website and Guide for Participants.”

Henderson Global Investors is sponsoring the NEIW event and George Latham, the firm’s head of SRI Investment, is hopeful that: “National Ethical Investment Week will provide the foundation for investors and their advisers to gain a greater understanding of the case for ethical investing.”


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