Cruelty Free Investing Launches, Giving Transparency To Humane Investing

As we looked at the growing sector of socially responsible investing, we were surprised to discover that there is no criteria that evaluates animal exploitation, an issue that is essential to a growing number of investors

Cruelty Free Investing (CFI), the first non-profit organization to evaluate each publicly traded U.S. stock for participation in animal exploitation, announced their launch today. Every stock appears on one of two lists on the new CFI website (CrueltyFreeInvesting.org), a list of companies that do exploit animals, and a list of companies that do not. Also identified on the website are the top ten companies engaged in the worst forms of animal cruelty.

CFI informs and broadens the growing sector of socially responsible investing, and in addition exposes the gap in the environmental, social and government criteria (ESG) that is used to identify socially responsible companies. The ESG criteria currently do not include animal cruelty, exploitation or abuse.

The information is an invaluable resource for investors who want to align their investments with their core values. It will also assist financial advisors who have clients who want to divest from stocks that exploit animals.

“As we looked at the growing sector of socially responsible investing, we were surprised to discover that there is no criteria that evaluates animal exploitation, an issue that is essential to a growing number of investors,” said Founder and Executive Director Dave Brett Wasser. “Most companies don’t participate in animal cruelty, so it is easy to build a stock portfolio of companies from that list. We are thrilled to bring a service to the marketplace that is thorough, useful and of the utmost importance to the new generation of investors.”

The companies on the CFI website “Exploit” list use animals in a variety of ways, that include:

  •     Manufacturing or sale of clothing that involves killing or harming animals (e.g. leather or fur)
  •     Manufacturing or sale of products that use animals for experiments
  •     Breeding of animals for food production and/or animal testing
  •     Manufacturing or serving of food or beverage items containing animal products

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