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The Mercer Carbon Trust, “A Climate for Change: a Trustee’s Guide to Understanding and Addressing Climate Risk,” The Carbon Trust, London, 2005. www.carbontrust.com/media/84964/ctc509-a-climate-for-change-a-trustees-guide.pdf

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  • TITLE: Ethical Investment and Portfolio Theory: Using Factor Analysis to Select a Portfolio

    AUTHORS: John Simister, Richard Whittle

    KEYWORDS: Ethical Investment; Portfolio; Principal Components Analysis

    JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Mathematical Finance, Vol.3 No.1A, March 29, 2013

    ABSTRACT: Ethical investments are a now a considerable sector in the investment market, with the Financial Times running the headline “Green and ethical investment comes of age” (Shepherd, [1]). Claudia Quiroz (lead fund manager for Cheviot Climate Assets Fund) predicts a strong future for ethical investment, with sustainable investment becoming a growing theme (Hoskin [2]). Much previous research in the “ethical investment” field divides investments into two categories: acceptable or unacceptable. This paper builds on the work of Barracchini and Addessi [3], in viewing how “ethical” an investment is to be a different dimension—each investment is seen as being on a continuum, from “least ethical” to “most ethical”. This paper takes the work of Barracchini and Addessi [3] from a theoretical construct to an approach which can be applied by practitioners. In order to make a workable method, this paper uses conventional portfolio analysis (which focus on risk and return), combined with principal components analysis in order to minimize the risk of a portfolio. It adopts a specific functional form for the saver’s utility function, to assess which assets appears most desirable using that person’s values.