Copenhagen Calling: Government must do more to stimulate green and ethical investment

UKSIF11th November 2009

In the run up to the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit, new research released at parliamentary receptions on Tuesday and Wednesday has found that private investors want the Government to do more to stimulate green and ethical investments in the UK.

The poll, conducted by YouGov on behalf of National Ethical Investment Week, found that half of investors (50%) agreed that the Government should encourage greater disclosure and transparency from the financial services industry to improve understanding and awareness of green and ethical investments. In Scotland, the number of investors who felt that government should do more reached 54%. Nearly half (47%) of investors in the UK said that the Government should introduce education in schools so that people know about the likely impact of their investments from an early age.

The research was unveiled at a Parliamentary Reception attended by Rt. Hon Stephen Timms, Financial Secretary to the Treasury to celebrate National Ethical Investment Week. The Scottish research was unveiled at a similar reception at Holyrood, attended by John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth.

Read the press releases from the Holyrood and Westminster receptions, or learn more about National Ethical Investment Week.