UK ethical investment hits record £11.3bn high

Research group releases new figures

Figures released by EIRIS, the non-profit sustainable investment research firm, show that the amount of money invested in Britain’s green and ethical retail funds (those open to the general public) has reached a record high of £11.3bn.

The figure represents more than three quarters of a million investors, up from around 250,000 investors in 2001 when £4 billion was invested ethically in the UK.

Increased interest in ethical finance is backed up by the findings of EIRIS’ latest Ipsos MORI national consumer survey, which explores consumer attitudes in Britain.

The poll surveyed 1,030 adults and found that 38% of people with a financial product or service are interested in green or ethical funds and services with more women than men expressing an interest.