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The Green Investing Handbook: A detailed investment guide to the technologies and companies involved in the sustainability revolution by Nick Hanna

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Ethical vs Green Funds

There is a lot of confusion around different kinds of funds in this sector, with considerable overlap between what are variously known as ethical, green, sustainable, cleantech or climate change funds.

Ethical investing started over 100 years ago with the Quakers and Methodists screening out companies involved in alcohol and gambling when they decided to put money in the stock market. This became known as socially responsible investing (SRI) and it grew steadily through the 20th century as more and more investors demanded that social and environmental criteria were taken into account when considering which shares to buy. The first UK ethical fund was launched by Friends Provident in 1984 and today there are over 100 ...

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