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Ethical Issues

Ethical Screening's independent research and analysis focuses on those aspects of corporate activity that concern investors from a moral point of view. Our collective experience enables us to develop an approach that is relevant to investors with a wide variety of ethical concerns.

Our research and analysis encompasses both positive and negative issues with screening criteria covering a broad range of social, human welfare, environmental and animal welfare concerns.


Positive Issues

The positive issues that Ethical Screening investigates cover products and services with environmental and social benefits; and the ways that companies interact with their employees, suppliers and the communities in which they operate. Positive issues are used in combination with negative concerns to achieve a balanced approach to screening, particularly in the area of environment and human rights.

Positive issues covered by Ethical Screening include:

  • Environmental management and reporting
  • Environmentally beneficial products and services
  • Human rights policies
  • Supply chain and labour standards

Negative Issues

The negative issues that Ethical Screening looks at have developed through our involvement with investors and investment professionals over many years. This process evolves continuously to take account of emerging issues and feedback from clients.

Negative issues covered by Ethical Screening include:

  • Social issues - such as alcohol, tobacco, gambling, and high-interest consumer credit
  • Human rights
  • Environmental impacts
  • Animal welfare
  • Other ethical issues - such as armaments, nuclear power, and genetic modification 

We cover a wide range of issues, not all of which have been included on this page. Please ask if you have ethical concerns that you don’t see listed above. To learn more about how we cover these issues, visit our Research Process page.


Our research and analysis procedures are aimed at determining whether a company is involved in a particular activity and the magnitude and significance of that involvement. We do not endorse or promote a particular opinion on any ethical issue.

For more information about our services, please contact us