Opportunities for ethical investments in the area of clean water and sanitation are wide open – for both public and private investors. And investors should take action.
London, UK (PRWEB) November 29, 2011
invezz.com, UK’s information website for social and responsible investments, today released an article urging investors to consider directing new funds into projects that supply clean water and proper sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities.
The article comes as a reflection on a recent statement by former Swedish Foreign Minister Jan Eliasson. Eliasson stated last week for the Huffington Post that “water and sanitation is a smart, lifesaving investment. It does not just save lives. It also offers an outstanding economic return to countries and people in Africa and Asia.”
In the new article, invezz.com supports Eliasson’s statement, further noting that ethical investments “down the drain” are among the most urgent and rewarding alternative business options in today’s socially responsible economic landscape.
“Thanks to technological advancements and improved utility infrastructures, most people would never view supplying water for basic household needs as a labor-intensive daily chore,” says Tonka Dobreva of Dezz, the digital media company operating invezz.com. “Opportunities for ethical investments in the area of clean water and sanitation are wide open – for both public and private investors. And investors should take action,” she urges.
To bring awareness to the scope of the world’s clean water crisis, the ethical investments website cites statistics by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). In its Human Development Report, the Programme estimates that over 1 billion people in some of the poorest countries are denied the fundamental right to enjoy clean water. In addition, UNDP says, 2.6 billion people don’t have access to proper sanitation and 1.8 million children die annually of diseases due to contaminated water. According to ethical-investments.org, these are all problems that can be eradicated with adequate public and private funding.
The benefits of investing in clean water and utility infrastructure in third-world countries, the ethical investment article claims, are rewarding not only morally, but also financially. According to the World Health Organisation, for every $1 investment in sanitation and hygiene in poor communities, the average return is around $8.
invezz.com also highlights the broader economic benefits that these alternative projects can bring to indigenous people: clean water and sanitation investments create jobs and income integral for the sustainability of poor communities; providing easy-to-access quality water will also save women and children a substantial amount of time each day (it is estimated that in some countries in sub-Saharan Africa, women spend more time on fetching water than on any other daily activity). This way, women and children can focus on activities that foster development and sustainability -- for example, education and agriculture.
In the article, invezz.com predicts a bright future for investing in clean water, echoing the opinion of Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald. He claims that water as an alternative commodity isn’t only the “oil of the 21st century,” but also life’s most valuable raw material, and as such, it is very likely that it would end up surpassing the price of oil in the future.
You can read the full article and learn more about ethical investments at http://invezz.com/analysis/alternative-investments/
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