All things, or at least many things, eco and ethical, were mused upon during a conversation following the news of the grounding of a ship on the Great Barrier Reef. Giving out a quick remark to such a disaster is restrictive as both ethics and ecology are challenging, huge subjects. There is the temptation for a soap box moment vying with the possibility of a journey down the long path of discussion.
Ethics + money + eco = an even wider diversity open for debate and a multitude of questions are floated around.
How apparent or available could, should, or is, the equation between ethical consideration and money? How difficult is it to separate the ethics from the gain when choosing products attached to the economy or financial service industry; either consciously or unconsciously and what criteria is used to measure an ethical product? Effect of fairness is affect, therefore, before conclusion can be made, fully supported information is required; but where from?
According to Your Ethical Money a variety of considerations can be made when it comes to lending, investment, shares and insurance whilst links, such as the Guardian’s Ethical Money have articles related to ecological impact and social change and think-tank Medinge Group included Co-Op Bank in its 2010 `Brands with a Conscience’.
Warning: The following sentence may upset some non-meat eaters; many know the well known question: How do you eat an elephant? Answer: One bite at a time. Ethics and money might just be such an elephant in the dining room, with the ‘elephant’ consumed as answers are provided. Whether business or personal, it would seem that when money is involved there are several areas to divide the elephant in the practice of ethical consideration towards behaviour or environment.
The treatment of others, along with law and regulation, is elephant sized food for thought which might go on to prove that elephants can fly.
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