UK - Mike O'Brien, minister for pensions reform, has said the trustees of the personal accounts delivery authority (PADA) are considering offering an ethical investment option for personal accounts to be introduced in 2012.
O'Brien said: "This marks the beginning of a serious national conversation as to how we invest.
"We don't want Personal Accounts to be overcomplicated but do want there to a choice of funds for those who desire it. Green and ethical investment has been attracting some debate on floor of the House of Commons and beyond.
"I was pleased PADA announced [it] will be consulting in the Autumn on responsible investment in relation to the system as a whole."
He cited a recent survey of 9 million savers eligible for personal account enrolment, a quarter of whom said they would be interested in ethical pension savings options, regardless of the returns.
Several delegates at the event said they were actively lobbying PADA to include ethical investments as one of savings options and also to have an ethical component included in the default option.
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