This came up in conversation on another topic, so I am interested to know how many people take into account ethical concerns before they trade or invest. I am actually a little surprised I couldn't find a thread on this topic.
For those that do take into account ethical concerns in their trading and investing, I'm wondering what model or framework your decisions are based on. Is it primarily focussed on environmental, social or other concerns? And how do you rank the importance of each?
To those who don't take into account ethical concerns, (and I'm not going to judge you on this - I wouldn't be able to handle it here if I did) is there any reason you don't take ethical concerns on board? Or do people who don't primarily base decisions on their ethical framework, will you conceivably at some point base a decision on ethical concerns? i.e. a company does something so bad that you just can't ignore it. And would you have an idea of where this may cut in, at what level?
But there is also a more important question I guess. In that, is there such a thing as ethical trading? It is fairly obvious there can be various forms of ethical investing, but does the inherent nature of trading at some fundamental level make it unethical? I would argue no, but would like to canvas the thoughts of the people here.
Thanks for taking the time to read and reply, in advance.