“You need to INVEST in what helps and DIVEST from what harms”
Your dollars have power. In choosing where to spend them you exercise your power to influence the future.
There are a number of ways to invest ethically. You might choose to invest in a company’s shares, in a fund, or in a project like Bruns Eco Village that creates a healthy sustainable community and acts as a flagship for further sustainable villages.
According to the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA), ethical funds tended to outperform mainstream ones – especially in the long term*. This challenges a long-held misconception that good cause investment produces lower returns.
Investment returns are generated from the ongoing lease payments made by residents of the village.
* The Responsible Investment Association Australasia’s (RIAA) 2014 Benchmark Report
Is it time to divest?
Divestment is the opposite of investment. It involves disposing of stocks or other investments that support companies whose business does not align with your values.
Divestment has become a global movement, with more than 22 cities, two counties, 20 religious organisations, nine colleges and universities and six other institutions divesting their money worldwide.
Bruns Eco Village offers an opportunity to:
- divest from banks that continue to invest in non-renewable energy and technology; and
- ethically invest in a community owned project that benefits many and provides an attractive return to its investors.
Your example is a powerful contribution
More and more people are now aware of the social and environmental consequences of where they invest, which is why choosing ethical investments as part of an investment portfolio is so important. Bruns Eco Village is designed specifically to achieve social and environmental outcomes.
If you are looking to make a difference in the form of socially responsible investment, then this exciting new model of community living could be for you. Investment structures will be in place in 2017.
Would you like to learn more about investment options in Bruns Eco Village? Fill out our Expression of Interest form below for further information.