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ethical investment

n
(Commerce) an investment in a company whose activities or products are not considered by the investor to be unethical
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ethical investment

The practice of making investment decisions based on ethical criterion. For example, an ethical investor may refuse to invest in enterprises that trade in or manufacture armaments.
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