Since the pioneering days of the nineteenth century the co-operative movement has had an interest in the way that investment capital can be used differently, not just to make as much money as possible. That interest is still there: co-operative capital is one of the five key areas being focused on in the International Co-operative Alliance’s current strategic plan.
My personal and professional interest in this area doesn’t go back quite to the nineteenth century, but I’ve written over quite a number of years journalistically on some of the major initiatives for what has at various times been called ‘ethical investment’, ‘socially responsible investment’, ‘alternative investment’ and now, it seems, ‘positive investment’.
So I’m interested to see that the ethical share trading platform Ethex is at present supporting a major academic research study into the attitudes of ‘positive investors’ (ie people who make savings and investment decisions on more than simply the rate of return on offer). You may like to support this project by completing their online survey, which is to be found here.