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The network of community groups committed to the care of the environment, greener living and development of the local economy in Berkshire
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Smart Money and Ethical Investment

Banking
Bristol based Triodos Bank is the UK's only social bank lending specifically to support enterprises where ethics are at the core of their daily operations as well as being profitable. Ask for their project list of all the social and environmental projects the bank finances in the UK.Triodos Bank, Brunel House, 11 The Promenade, Bristol BS8 3NN Tel: 0500 008720 or visit www.triodos.co.uk.

Credit Unions
Credit Unions are financial co-operatives owned and run by members. They offer accessible savings and funds for low interest loans. The award-winning Global Credit Union set up by Reading Borough Council to help low-income families make their homes more energy efficient is an example of the first type.
Visit Social Enterprise Berkshire at www.seberkshire.org
A new credit union based at CAB offices in Marlow Road, Maidenhead was set up in November 2010. Contact Community Savings and Loans on 01189 585802.

Crowd Funding
Crowdfunder is a crowd-sourcing website from the makers of River Cottage, Hugh's Fish Fight and Chicken Out! which brings together individuals with fresh ideas within fledgling community projects. You pledge an amount and only if the project reaches its target amount do you have to pay up. Learn more at: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/peoplefundit
A similar website is https://www.buzzbnk.org/

Insurance
Naturesave Trust offer personal and commercial insurance products with an environmental ethos: www.naturesave.co.uk
Pet Insurance - Get your pet insured and benefit a charity (RSPB, Marine Conservation Society and chimpanzees!)   See  www.greeninsurancecompany.co.uk/petinsurance

Investment
The GAEIA Partnership at www.gaeia.co.uk offers independent advice on green, ethical, environmentally friendly and social responsible investment funds.
Shared Interest is the world's only 100% fair trade lender, a UK based co-operative owned by 8000+ members/investors. Website www.shared-interest.com
The Ethical Investment Co-operative Ltd for ethical and environmental pensions and investments Tel: 01325 267228 or e-mail greeninvest@gn.apc.org or visit their website at www.ethicalmoney.org/

Pension Schemes
Company pension schemes must state their ethical stance - or not as the case may be.  Further information on ethical pensions :
www.ethicalinvestors.co.uk


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