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Responsible investment bodies: what is the EIA?



The Ethical Investment Association (EIA) is a membership association for financial advisers in the UK who are committed to promoting green and ethical investment to their clients.

An offshoot of the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF), it was set up in 1998 and is managed by a voluntary advisory group.

John Ditchfield, an independent financial adviser (IFA) at Barchester Green, is EIA chair, having taken over from Julian Parrott last year. Also on the advisory panel is Gaeia’s Helen Tandy, who provides ethical investment advice to Will and Sally Sutcliffe – a couple of ethical investors who recently described their journey to Blue & Green Tomorrow.

According to its website, EIA members are “committed to increasing access to green and ethical investment advice for individuals, businesses and charities, and to increasing and improving their own professional knowledge”.  This is on top of increasing public awareness of the industry and working closely with the government and regulators.

For more information about the EIA, and if you’re a financial adviser who wishes to become a member, visit its website.


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