Britons seek ethical lending practices from banks

More people want banks to invest ethically. Ethical investment has become a bigger concern for banking customers. Almost three quarters of Britons want banks to put ethical lending policies in place preventing them from investing in firms involved in controversial areas, according to a recent report. The research, carried out by the Ethical Investment Research Service, found that over 80% of banking customers think it is important for financial institutions to pay more attention to the environmental, social and governmental risks when deciding which companies to invest in. The poll also found that 66% of participants thought that banks had not learnt the lessons needed to prevent a future financial crisis adding that they had returned to 'business as usual'.