Ethical investing – what’s important to you?

In this article:

This article encourages you to identify what’s important to you when investing ethically, including positive and negative screens and key principles to consider.

The following table shows you two things: the companies or industries many investors generally want to avoid, and those they want to own (for sustainability/ethical reasons). 

In the third column, it explains some basic characteristics or principles to consider when assessing companies or investments for the various factors. 

Positive & negative company screens

Animal crueltyClean tech & innovationLand rights violations
Child labourCommunity financeCorporate governance
Excessive consumerismEnergy storageEmployee relations & culture
Old growth and native forest loggingRecyclingLabour practices
Fossil fuelsFair tradeEqual opportunity
Carbon intensive industriesCommunity developmentCommunity relations
Genetic modificationOrganics & clean produceIntegrity of products and services
Weapons and armamentsWater managementCarbon emissions
Land degradationPlantation & forestryHuman rights abuse
Third world exploitationRenewable energyGender diversity
GamblingHealthcareStance on indigenous rights
TobaccoSustainable designManagement incentives
UraniumWaste disposal and managementSupply chain
MiningPotential environmental impact 
Alcohol production

Using a piece of paper or a notepad on your phone, take a moment to consider which of these industries are most important to you.

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Kate Campbell

Kate Campbell

Kate Campbell is the founder of How To Money (HTM), a personal finance platform for young Australians. Kate created HTM from a passion to help young Australians start talking about money, and share the resources she finds along her financial education journey. This led Kate to start her own journey to financial independence a few years back and she now works in the Australian financial services industry.

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