Ethical Campaigns and Organisations
Listed below is a comprehensive range of resources where you can find more information and details of organisations campaigning for ethical investment issues. There are over 60 sites which you can refer to under the following headings:
- Animal Issues
- Environmental Organisations
- Ethical Companies
- Ethical Consumer
- Ethical Investment Research Sites
- Human Rights
- Animal AidThey campaign against all forms of animal abuse and promote a cruelty-free lifestyle. They investigate and expose animal cruelty and bring these issues to public attention.
- Animal Concerns -Animal Concerns is the online community for people concerned about the welfare and rights of animals, a non-profit organization providing access to online environmental and animal welfare resources.
- The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) is one of the world's leading anti-vivisection campaigning organisations. They raise awareness, expose the animal experimentation cruelty and defend the rights of animals.
- Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments (FRAME)- researching alternatives to animal use in research, testing and education. FRAME advocates the reduction of laboratory animal use, through the development, validation and acceptance of replacement alternative methods.
- World Society for the Protection of Animals - aims to promote the concept of animal welfare in regions of the world where there are few, if any, measures to protect animals. Campaign to convince governments and key decision makers to change practices and introduce new laws to protect or improve the welfare of animals. They have rescue teams which provide direct help to animals that have been abandoned, neglected or caught up in natural or man-made disasters.
- Campaign Against Arms Trade is a broad coalition of groups and individuals in the UK working to end the international arms trade and the UK's role in it as a leading arms exporter.
- Mines Advisory Group - an international not-for-profit NGO assisting people in clearing and destroying landmines and unexploded ordnance that make areas unsafe after war. MAG clear the remnants of conflict from some of the world's poorest nations, educate and employ local people and help provide solutions for those trapped by poverty and economic devastation.
- Peace Pledge Union - is the oldest secular pacifist organisation in Britain. Since 1934 it has been campaigning for a warless world.
- War Child - a network of independent organisations, working across the world to help children affected by war. War Child was founded upon a fundamental goal: to advance the cause of peace through investing hope in the lives of children caught up in the horrors of war.
- Centre for Alternative Technology - CAT is an environmental education and visitor centre in Mid Wales. It is also a registered charity. Its mission is to "inspire, inform and enable" people to live more sustainable lives. It carries out a range of educational activities on renewable energy, energy efficiency, organic gardening, waste and recycling, green living and other aspects of sustainable development. It publishes a quarterly journal, Clean Slate, and runs a programme of courses. CAT free information line 0845 330 8373.
- Envirolink - a non-profit organization providing access to thousands of online environmental resources.
- Environment Agency - Government organisation responsible for protecting and improving the environment in England and Wales.
- Environmental Data Services - provides over 500 selected, categorised and descriptive links to the best environmental resources on the Internet. ENDS has been a leading provider of environmental intelligence in Europe. They have guided businesses through the effects of EU and UK legislation and policy.
- Friends of the Earth UK - one of the leading environmental pressure groups in the UK. Friends of the Earth seeks to influence the government to make changes to policies in favour of people and planet.
- Gene Watch - a group aiming to ensure that genetic technologies are developed and used in the public interest.
- Global Witness - working to highlight the links between exploitation of natural resources and international trade systems, to drive campaigns that end resource-linked conflict, and human rights and environmental abuses- particularly where natural resources such as timber, diamonds and oil are used to fund conflict.
- Greenpeace International - a global campaigning organisation focusing on crucial worldwide threats to the planet's bio diversity and environment. They aim to expose environmental criminals, and to challenge government and corporations when they fail to live up to their mandate to safeguard the environment.
- The National Cycle Network offers 10,000 miles of signed cycle routes throughout the UK putting almost 75% of the UK population within two miles of the Network.
- Pesticide Action Network UK - promotes healthy food, agriculture and an environment which will provide food and meet public health needs without dependence on toxic chemicals, and without harm to food producers and agricultural workers. Encourages replacement of the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound alternatives.
- Planet Ark works to show people the many ways they can reduce their day to day impact on the environment - at home, at work and in the community.
- The Sierra Club works to protect our communities and the planet. The Club is America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization.
- Trucost Plc is an environmental research organisation, which helps companies and investors understand the environmental impacts of business activities. Over the past seven years, Trucost has built a database of the environmental impacts and disclosures of over 3,500 companies including the world's largest database of greenhouse gas disclosure.
- WaterAid - Aims to tackle easily prevented water-related diseases in Africa or Asia. Involved in supplying safe, clean water, sanitation and hygiene education.
- Big Green Book is the environmental resource that allows companies to find environmental information and suppliers of environmental materials, products and services. From air-conditioners to zoologists, Big Green Book has suppliers of solutions to almost every environmental issue your company faces. In addition companies that need to keep abreast of environmental activities and opportunities can join the Big Green Book Environmation Library.
- Charity Bank - the UK's first not-for-profit bank, is a unique organisation that solely funds charitable projects in the United Kingdom. The bank has already lent more than £30 million to 400 organisations, many of them community-based schemes that found it difficult securing support from mainstream lenders. Charity Bank's savings account holders are with them because they share their vision of using personal wealth to provide finance for the benefit of society whilst also benefiting themselves. Tax paying individual and corporate depositors can realise more tangible benefits from saving with Charity Bank through CITRA, their community investment tax relief account.
- Ecology Building Society - The Ecology is a mutual building society dedicated to improving the environment by promoting sustainable housing and sustainable communities.
- Ethical Trading Initiative - an alliance of companies, NGOs, and trade union organisations committed to ensure that the working conditions of workers producing for the UK market meet or exceed international labour standards.
- Institute of Business Ethics - encourages high standards of corporate and business behaviour based on ethical values.
- Triodos Bank - only lends money to organisations that benefit people and the environment, and uniquely publishes details of every organisation it lends to, so savers know exactly where their money is being used. For more on Triodos' range of ethical savings and investments call free on 0500 008 720.
- Energy Savings Trust - In the UK, grant schemes are available to help those who want to generate electricity from renewable sources.
- Ethical Consumer - The UK's alternative consumer organisation looking at the social and environmental records of the companies behind the brand names.
- Fairtrade Foundation - ensuring a better deal for marginalized and disadvantaged third world producers. This they do by licensing the FAIRTRADE Mark to products in the UK which meet their standards. Producer organisations that supply Fairtrade products are inspected and certified.
- Food Commission - the UK's leading independent food watchdog, campaigning for safer, healthier food.
- National Association of Farmers Markets- Try reducing the miles that your produce travels - buy from your local farmer's market.
- Recoup, the UK's leading authority on plastics waste recycling.
- Recycled products: A wide range of products made from recycled materials are available, from clothing to school lunch boxes.
- Recyclenow For more information on your nearest recycling bank.
- Soil Association's Consumer Guide- Promote buying organic food (e.g. through a local "box scheme").
- Wasteonline- Gives information from Local authorities and community groups who run composting schemes.
Ethical Investment Research Sites
- Clear profit delivers independent coverage of attempts to align investment decisions with social, environmental and ethical concerns.
- Ethical Investment Research Service - Carries out independent research into companies from the UK, continental Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific region, covering areas including military, environmental performance, human rights and animal testing.
- Ethical Junction - The ethical business directory for the UK and Ireland, with information on nearly 1000 businesses offering ethical services and products.
- Fair Pensions - calls for responsible investment by UK pension funds. Fair Pensions gives a voice to people who want their pension funds to be more ethical. They challenge pension funds to hold companies to account and show how responsible investment can generate better returns. Fair Pensions also acts as a watchdog of pension funds, urging greater transparency about their investments.
- Global Reporting Initiative - develops globally applicable guidelines for reporting on economic, environmental, and social performance. The GRI develops and builds capacity around the use of its Sustainability Reporting Framework.
- Investment Management Association - Has a socially responsible investment fact sheet, and lists positive and negative criteria.
- Just Pensions - aims to educate and influence UK pension funds and other institutional investors about the importance of international development issues in their practice of SRI. Justpensions co-ordinates in-depth research to assess current practice and works to address the blocks to the growth of SRI generally and pro-poor SRI in particular. They produce information specifically designed for pension managers and trustees interested in implementing SRI.
- New Economics Foundation - A charity and independent think tank which works to construct a new economy centred on people and the environment.
- SocialFunds- features over 10,000 pages of information on SRI mutual funds, community investments, corporate research, shareowner actions, and daily social investment news.
- Trustnet - Publishes comprehensive lists of ethical funds and trusts and their performance.
- UK Social Investment Forum - offers a "membership network" for promoting socially responsible investment. On their web site you will find links to companies and organisations involved in ethical investment. Promotes Socially Responsible Investment in the UK.
- ActionAid - working for a world without poverty in which every person can exercise their right to a life of dignity. They work with local partners to fight poverty and injustice worldwide, helping them fight for and gain their rights to food, shelter, work, education, healthcare and a voice in the decisions that affect their lives.
- Amnesty International - a worldwide campaigning movement that works to promote internationally recognized human rights. AI's mission is to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights.
- Business and Human Rights- an independent, non-profit organisation aimed at encouraging companies to respect human rights, avoid harm to people, & maximise their positive contribution.
- Byte Night - Byte Night is the IT industry's annual sleep-out in support of young people who are homeless or coping with life after foster or residential care. Every year, hundreds of senior IT professionals get together and sleep under the stars to raise funds for NCH, the children's charity. NCH works with some of the UK's most vulnerable children and young people, who have been affected by homelessness and leaving care issues, to help them achieve their full potential.
- Christian Aid - striving for an end to poverty and campaigning to change peoples lives in the developing world.
- Freedom House - a non-profit organization campaigning for democracy and freedom around the world.
- Human Rights Watch - dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. They work with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice.
- New Internationalist - reporting on issues of world poverty and inequality and focusing attention on the relationship between the powerful and the powerless in both rich and poor nations, from the cynical marketing of baby milk in the Majority World to human rights in Burma.
- OneWorld UK - aim to provide online coverage of human rights and sustainable development.
- Oxfam - development, relief, and campaigning organisation dedicated to finding lasting solutions to poverty and suffering around the world. Oxfam responds in emergencies to save lives; works with people to improve their lives and prospects through longer term development programmes; and campaigns on the issues that it believes will achieve lasting change and an end to poverty.
- Survival International - a worldwide organisation supporting tribal peoples, standing for their right to decide their own future and helping them protect their lives, lands and human rights.
- Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) -a campaigning public health charity working to eliminate the harm caused by tobacco.
- Framework Convention Alliance - building support for global tobacco control.
- World Health Organisation - Intergovernmental negotiating body for the framework convention on tobacco control.