Are you looking to make a difference and choose investment opportunities with a social conscience? Do you want to ensure that your money performs well and yields competitive returns? Due to the growth of the ethical investment market in recent years, the two no longer have to be mutually exclusive and many ethical investments now perform as well as their 'traditional' counterparts. Of course, it is a given that most investors want to feel that their money is being invested in a responsible manner. However if you feel particularly strongly about lending your support to a cause through your investment choices, you can find ethical investments to match your views on most issues, whether related to human rights, the environment, animal welfare or another social concern.
It takes time and research to choose a company or bank that has chosen to actively avoid involvement with companies or practices that do not meet its moral standards. However, if you feel strongly about wanting to ensure your money is not inadvertently used to fund (for example) the arms trade, environmental destruction or organisations with a poor human rights record, this extra effort will pay dividends - for your pocket and your social conscience. The best way to find the right ethical investment for you is to consult a financial adviser with particular expertise in this field. They will be able to match you up with an investment opportunity that suits your outlook and also your assets and investment expectations.