Ethical investment award winners 2012 announced

We are delighted to announce our ethical investment award winners for 2012. Awards were given out at our Heroes of Ethical Investment event (part of National Ethical Investment Week) last night, Thursday 11th October, at the Royal Society of Arts in London.

Pioneer Award

Triodos Bank [caption id="attachment_1896" align="alignleft" width="492"]James Vaccaro, Triodos Bank (right) with Barchester's John Ditchfield and Lucy Siegle, ethical writer and broadcaster James Vaccaro, Triodos Bank (right) with Barchester's John Ditchfield and Lucy Siegle, ethical writer and broadcaster.[/caption] Triodos Bank has made a significant contribution to the sector by encouraging responsible financial practice, thought leadership and innovation. This year, Triodos launched its first retail investment funds for UK consumers and it has continued to grow and improve its range of services for customers. Triodos leads the industry and is an exemplar in pioneering transparency and connection between customers and their investments.

Performance Award

Cheviot Climate Assets Fund [caption id="attachment_1897" align="alignleft" width="492"]Claudia Quiroz, Cheviot Climate Assets Fund (right) with Barchester's John Ditchfield and Lucy Siegle, ethical writer and broadcaster. Claudia Quiroz, Cheviot Climate Assets Fund (right) with Barchester's John Ditchfield and Lucy Siegle, ethical writer and broadcaster.[/caption] Cheviot Climate Assets Fund is a well-designed and well-run investment product suitable for a wide range of clients seeking to invest in a responsible manner. The fund has demonstrated strong performance both in terms of delivering good financial returns and demonstrating clarity of purpose and investment process.

Award for Potential

Good Energy Group PLC [caption id="attachment_1898" align="alignleft" width="492"] Ed Gill, Good Energy Group PLC (right) with Barchester's John Ditchfield and Lucy Siegle, ethical writer and broadcaster.[/caption] Good Energy PLC recently listed on AIM and is an inspiring and responsible ethical business, and a success story within the sector. The Group supplies approximately 30,000 domestic and commercial customers, and supplies gas to approximately 6,700 domestic customers. It also supports a growing community of approximately 40,000 independent green power generators across the UK. We see interesting investment potential in Good Energy Plc.

One to Watch Award

WHEB Asset Management [caption id="attachment_1899" align="alignleft" width="492"]Seb Beloe, WHEB Asset Management (right) with Barchester's John Ditchfield and Lucy Siegle, ethical writer and broadcaster. Seb Beloe, WHEB Asset Management (right) with Barchester's John Ditchfield and Lucy Siegle, ethical writer and broadcaster.[/caption] This year WHEB Asset Management invested in and brought in the ex-Henderson fund management and corporate engagement team, creating a market leading offer, within a business which has demonstrated a strong commitment towards seeding early stage environmental businesses. We see this as our 'one to watch' and look forward to see them reaching £100M in asset under management by December 2013.

Performance Award

Kames Capital PLC Highly commended for strong performance, Kames Capital PLC, the Kames Ethical Equity and Ethical Cautious Managed funds, have delivered excellent returns to investors over a wide range of time-periods. Kames are the most consistent performers in terms of a pure financial return and the organisation overlays this with a clear message on investment philosophy, screening and corporate engagement work.

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