18 May 2020

Understanding ethical investing: a path to purposeful growth

In today's ever-changing business landscape, ethical investing has emerged as a powerful tool for individuals and businesses to create positive impact while achieving financial goals. At Collins SBA we understand the important of ethical investing and it's relevance to the communities and businesses we serve. We also recognise that our clients who are small to medium business owners, navigate unique challenges and complexities.

In this 5 part series about the power of ethical investing, we start by laying the foundation and understanding the concept of ethical investing and its role in fostering purposeful growth. 

Ethical Investing also known as socially responsible investing (SRI) or sustainable investing goes beyond traditional financial considerations. It involves making investment decisions based on not only financial returns but also ethical, social and environment factors. Ethical investors seek to align their investments with their personal values and principles, focusing on companies that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability, responsible practices and positive societal impact. 

Ethical investing and business owners

As provides of accounting, financial planning, business coaching and insurance solutions, we work closely with business owners who are at various stages of their journey – growing, maturing or exiting their businesses. 

We understand that our clients often face complex situations that go beyond purely financial considerations. Many have families and personal responsibilities, which adds further layers of complexity to their decision-making processes. 

Ethical investing offers a unique opportunity for business owners to align their personal values with their investment decisions. By investing ethically, they can ensure that their financial growth is achieved in a manner that reflects their broader social and environmental concerns. This allows them to create a positive impact both within their businesses and in the communities where they live, play and work. 


Purposeful growth through ethical investing

Ethical investing is not solely driven by financial gains, it encompasses a broader perspective that includes social and environmental responsibility. BY investing in companies that adhere to ethical practices, business owners can contribute to build a more sustainable future. Such investments can support companies that prioritise employee well-being, embrace diversity and inclusion, implement eco-friendly practices, and demonstrate a commitment to corporate governance and transparency.

In addition to aligning investments with personal values, ethical investing can also enhance the reputation and long-term sustainability of businesses. As customers and clients increasingly prioritise brands that embody responsible practices, ethical investments can serve as a competitive advantage, attracting socially conscious consumers and investors alike. This in turn can lead to increased brand loyalty, business growth, and enhanced community trust.  

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog is for educational purposes only and should not be considered as financial advice. Ethical investing involves risks, and individuals should conduct thorough research and consult with a qualified financial advisor before making investment decisions.