Stay Safe. Invest Ethically

4 September 2020|

Stay Safe. Invest Ethically introduces the idea of investments as a space for everyone to think about and act on.

Date: 4 September, 2020
Organisation: 8020
Theme:
  • Private finance

Stay Safe. Invest Ethically was produced by a diverse group of 14 people from ages 23 to 73, including a secondary school teacher, corporate social responsibility advisor, a retired nurse, theatre staff, accountant and community volunteers as a response to participating in a series of workshops in 2019 and 2020 looking at debt issues, fair and unfair trade as well as the challenges of tax justice both locally and globally.

The participating groups involved members of Common Ground Bray, the Comhlámh Trade Justice Group and 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World.

Stay Safe. Invest Ethically introduces the idea of investments as a space for everyone to think about and act on in many day-to-day activities, such as buying goods or services either in person or online, taking out insurance or making regular contributions towards your pension or savings. It also offers eight key principles we can observe when considering different practices and options for testing how ethical a company or institution’s investments are.

These include:

  • Distance yourself from companies that do not report annually on goods, or services in their supply chain, or abuse tax rules at home or abroad – you can’t outsource integrity.
  • Ensure that environment, society and effective accountability play a central role in all policies, decision-making, monitoring and reporting.
  • A central question offered by the 12-page guide asks, ‘do you know what happens with your money and its real-world impact on the planet and on others along the way?’.

 

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