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Ethical fund ISAs allow you to invest in companies that operate in line with your principles and values.
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Stocks & Shares ISA

from Legal & General

Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Protection Scheme: FSCS
  • Fund Choice: Managed, Tracker, Self-Select
  • Invest From: £20 per month or £100 single

Why we like it: Legal & General has over 9.5 million customers in the UK, and £983.3 billion of assets under their management (as at 31st December 2017). Their Stocks & Shares ISA offers a wide range of investment options, whether you want ready-made funds, low cost index trackers, or the ability to pick your own. You can invest up to £20,000 this tax year, with a low minimum of £100 lump sum or £20 per month, and you can manage your account easily online. Please remember the value of your investment and any income from it may fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed. You may get back less than you invest.

Fully Managed Stocks and Shares ISA

from Nutmeg

Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Protection Scheme: FSCS
  • Fund Choice: Fully Managed and Fixed Allocation Portfolios
  • Invest From: Min. £500 single (+ £100 pm for ISAs below £5,000)

Why we like it: Get an intelligent stocks & shares ISA portfolio - Choose a portfolio that's fully managed by our expert team or a fixed allocation portfolio. No tie-ins, no set-up fees, no exit charges. Easy, online set up in minutes. Start with as little as £500 (plus £100 per month for ISAs below £5,000). Portfolio management fees of 0.45%-0.75% up to £100k. 0.25%-0.35% beyond £100k. There are also underlying investment charges, see our fees page. Plus, live chat, amazing customer support and brilliant investor tools and guides. Authorised and regulated by the FCA. Capital at risk.

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Vantage Stocks & Shares ISA

from Hargreaves Lansdown

Allows ISA Transfers
  • Protection Scheme: FSCS
  • Fund Choice: 2,500+ Funds
  • Invest From: £25 pm

Why we like it: Shelter up to £20,000 this tax year with the low cost, award-winning ISA. The UK's number 1 platform for private investors. 

Stocks & Shares ISA

from Fidelity

Allows ISA Transfers
  • Protection Scheme: FSCS
  • Fund Choice: 2,000+ Funds
  • Invest From: £50pm

Why we like it: Invest from as little as £50 a month or with a £1,000 lump sum. Investment choice from over 100 fund providers, giving you access to 2,000+ funds. One low-cost service fee of 0.35%*. Great service – from investment guidance on website through to UK-based phones team. PathFinder, Select 50, Investment Finder - investing tools for beginners to advanced investors. 24/7 access via online Account Management system. Capital at risk.

Important Information: * depending on how much you have invested

Investment Fund ISA

from AJ Bell

Allows ISA Transfers
  • Protection Scheme: FSCS
  • Fund Choice: 2000+ Funds
  • Invest From: £25 pm

Why we like it: It is simple to invest in a fund online. You will need to open an account first and then choose the fund you are interested in investing in. There are over 2,000 funds to choose from but to make it easier for you AJ Bell have created their favourite funds list which is their pick of the best funds.

Stocks & Shares ISA

from Charles Stanley

Allows ISA Transfers
  • Protection Scheme: FSCS
  • Fund Choice: 1,500+ funds
  • Invest From: £50 per month or £500 single

Why we like it: Invest through an award winning FTSE company, with extensive research and analysis and competitive charges. Choose from a range of investments including shares, funds, gilts, bonds, investment trusts and ETFs. Annual platform fee 0.35%.

What is an Ethical Fund ISA?

Ethical fund ISAs invest only in companies that are considered to meet a certain standard of social or environmental responsibility. What constitutes 'ethical' varies from investor to investor depending on their personal values - for example, some people may feel that investing in the alcohol industry is unethical, while others may not. Therefore, it's vital to discuss your priorities with your ethical fund ISA manager before investing.

Benefits of investing in ethical funds…

  • By using your ISA allowance to invest in ethical funds, you can be sure that your money only goes towards causes that tie in with your personal values and morals.
  • From a purely practical point of view, companies which have a good ethics track record are less likely to become embroiled in regulatory disputes, court cases and public boycotts - all of which can have a negative effect on share prices. Therefore, your investments may benefit from better long-term prospects - especially as consumers become more ethically aware.
  • An ethical fund ISA allows you to diversify your investment portfolio into new, sustainable markets.
  • By using your ISA allowance to invest in ethical funds, you can reap the returns tax-efficiently, with the extra reassurance that your money is being used in ways that tie in with your principles.

How do I go about investing in an ethical fund?

It can be tricky for individual investors to judge whether a particular company is operating ethically or not, so most ethical investments are made via a fund manager. An ethical fund manager will thoroughly research potential investment targets, ensuring that they meet certain criteria. Often, ethical fund managers will assess companies on both positive criteria (i.e. activities they engage in that are actively ethical) and negative criteria (i.e. activities they engage in that are actively unethical).

Positive criteria might include:

  • Does the company have specific environmental protection guidelines and practices?
  • Is the company taking steps to reduce its environmental impact?
  • Does the company ensure the health and safety of all its workers?
  • Does the company have a recycling policy?
  • Does the company have measures in place to prevent child labour in its factories?
  • Does the company pay its workers a fair wage?

Negative criteria might include:

  • Is the company involved in the production of weapons?
  • Does the company have any ties to animal testing facilities?
  • Does the company have any ties with countries that have oppressive regimes or those that have a poor human rights record?
  • Is the company involved in industries that might be considered harmful or damaging to those involved in them, such as gambling or pornography?
  • Does the company promote harmful products (e.g. tobacco), or promote products in a socially irresponsible way (e.g. infant formula in developing nations)?
  • Are the company's manufacturing processes or waste disposal methods harmful to the environment?

This website contains information only and does not constitute advice or a personal recommendation in any way whatsoever. The value of investments and income from them can fall as well as rise and you may not get back the full amount invested. The tax efficiency of ISAs is based on current tax law and there is no guarantee that tax rules will stay the same in the future.

Different types of investment carry different levels of risk and may not be suitable for all investors. Please ensure that you read the Important Risk Information for further details. Prior to making any decision to invest, you should ensure that you are familiar with the risks associated with a particular investment and should read the product literature. If you are in any doubt as to the suitability of a particular investment, both in respect of its objectives and its risk profile, you should seek independent financial advice.

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