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UK ethical funds: nine in 10 failing European standards

French and Belgian investors can easily tell if their ethical funds really do what they say on the tin. But this is not always true for UK investors.

Nine out of 10 funds marketed as ethical or socially responsible in the UK would be banned from doing so if they were sold in Belgium or France.

This is because they do not meet a minimum set of European transparency standards which Belgian and French trade organisations have made a compulsory requirement for funds marketing themselves as ethical or socially responsible (SRI).

If they do not comply, Belgian and French funds are forcibly stripped of their ethical branding.

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