Whatever your resources, socially responsible investment (SRI) can help you fulfil your dreams, and make the world a better place. SRI means you can channel your money away from industries that contribute to the destruction of the environment, companies employing sweatshop and child labour, business involved in animal experimentation and corporation that support repressive and brutal regimes
Like any investor a socially responsible one wants to see a sound return on their investment but they also want to invest in companies that demonstrate social and environmental principles. Even though SRI means limiting choice in types of investment it has not led to any systematic under performance in stocks, in fact it have done as well as or better than others on the market.
SRI developed in the USA as a response by concerned Quakers and other people disgusted that their investments were supporting the arms trade and the Vietnam war. Since then SRI has become a growing market within the UK, and is increasing at about 34% per year Socially responsible investors include institutions such as non profit organisations, Churches, trade unions, universities and individuals from all walks of life. What they have in common is a commitment to channelling their money towards investment that reflects their personal ethics and values. You don’t have to have lots of money to be a socially responsible investor although a minimum commitment is like with most funds about 50 pounds a month.
There are two main strategies to SRI: Avoidance Screening – choosing not to invest in industries for example, those with discriminatory employment practices, business activities with repressive governments, poor environmental records, animal testing, weapons contractors and the tobacco industry.Affirmative Screening – Actively seeking out investments in activities to support such as alternative energy and natural foods, companies that show commitment to their workers, communities and the environment.
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The problem as I see it is that trying to raise funds to try and stop world hunger is somewhat a futile endeavor. Not that it is not worthwhile cause, but that the way the funds are allocated and used are not correctly utilized or implemented. The funds are not even replenished correctly in my point of view.
What if donations are collected and saved in a bank account and not touched by anyone. But instead use the interest to spawn new bank accounts and use the interest from those spawned accounts to help fight world hunger. The idea is to use the strength and weakness of currencies as an advantage. .
Create a main bank account in a country with the strongest currency. Then obtain, request, and save funds into this bank account. But most importantly never withdraw money from this account, only use the interest earned from this account for step 2. Hopefully the funds in this main account will be large enough for this to work, maybe an amount above 1 Billion would be sufficient. Then, in the same country with the strongest currency create bank accounts for every country to be used in Step 2. Also create bank accounts locally in the selected countries to be used in Step 3.
Every month transfer interest earned from the main bank account into a selected countries bank account. Then select another country for the next month. Then if all countries had been given interest from the main account, create a new cycle of selection.
Every month transfer interest earned from the countries bank account from the strong currency into a selected country’s bank locally. Then use the money in this local bank account to feed the people in the selected country. Remember that money is transferred from a strong currency, and because of this more money will be available to feed the people – Hopefully.
If 5 Billion could be saved/raised, then the interest could be split monthly between 5 countries.
If 10 Billion could be saved/raised, then the interest could be split monthly between 10 countries.
Thus the more money could be raised/saved, the faster the benefits will be seen.
N.G van der Westhuizen is a software developer currently working on an open source Lotto database application.