Morningstar's Ethical Investing Week 2013

Investors no longer have to choose between ethics and profit. In our ethical investing week, we explain how you can make money - and a difference

Emma Wall 11 October, 2013 | 3:55PM
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Do you recycle cardboard? Give to charity? Invest responsibly? Once the sole concern of commune-living hippies, the concept of ethical investing has now entered the mainstream, and this week we've focused on the movement. 

Just as for many supermarket shoppers the default option is now to plump for free-range eggs and chicken, investors increasingly understand the need to scan companies’ ethical credentials before they deposit their cash. 

Furthermore, investors also have learned that you do not have to choose between investing ethically and chasing profit. Sceptics argue that performance would be compromised by imposing restrictions – yet analysis has quashed such doubts. There have been times when ethical funds have outperformed. And, as in any sector, there are some good funds and some not so good. Ethical investing in 2013 means you can sleep easy at night - and expect healthy returns on your initial investment. 

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Emma Wall  is former Senior International Editor for Morningstar