“Humans can accomplish incredible things working together.”
~ Dave Williams, Canadian Astronaut
Contributed by: Dan Kells
There is a sense of wonder in those words as they speak of human possibilities and the power of community. I know that there are many more amazing efforts to be realized by people of vision working together. And that’s what this story is about.
I’m an average Canadian; I've worked my years and got a gold watch. Now I have a retirement income and some modest investments. Probably many of you are in a similar situation. My investment choices really matter to me but do they matter to the company I’m invested in? Perhaps not, because I am only one person.
Here is where the opportunity to accomplish incredible things by working together arises. A growing number of Canadians are making or wish to see investments with an ethical, environmental and social conscience. There are stocks and funds that embrace this positive ethos and the benefits that accrue to the companies and investors alike will be remarkable.
We can all think of an example of environmental degradation or social problems created by unethical business practices. Our daily news inundates us with more climate chaos as citizens attempt to cope with new unpredictability. There are no easy answers to the problems facing us, but I’ll guarantee that one answer is the power of community. I am referring to the community of small investors – ordinary Canadians like you and me.
Ethical investing is an incredible opportunity. We ‘shop’ with our investment dollars and reward the ethical, honest businesses while penalizing the unethical bad actors. And the power of our community working together amplifies the action created and confronts a dishonest company relatively quickly. By making an ethical investment decision, you have created good for your own portfolio, and helped to foster a more honest business environment.
Speaking as a citizen of a beautiful country, for the good of us all, our children and our natural environment, is that not something worth doing?
Guest blogger, Dan Kells, was a Junior Forest Ranger at age 17 who became a surveyor working the length of Vancouver Island. Dan's interests have always included the natural history of where he lives. He wishes to preserve our natural environment and, just as importantly, our human place in that complex ecosystem. Now happily retired, Dan volunteers with Peninsula Streams, Dominion Brook Park and the Green Party of Canada.
"I consider it important that each of us strive to leave our community and our world a better place than when we started."