Our Ethical Stance

Animal Suffering - an acceptable source of returns?

At least 150 billion animals are killed by humans every year for food, clothing and ancillary purposes Read more here...

Videos of factory farming portray violence too graphic to be displayed without content warnings by portals such as Youtube and Facebook.


Animal testing accounts for the deaths of over 100 million animals in the US alone (USDA).

Animal suffering is also caused in the name of human entertainment.

Environmental impact – greenhouse gas emissions

  • According to 97% of scientists, greenhouse gas emissions are causing global temperature rise

  • Animal agriculture is estimated to account for 51% of greenhouse gas emissions (World Watch Magazine, Volume 22, No. 6).

  • Emissions from animal agriculture are expected to increase 80% by 2050 (Nature. Vol. 515)

Environmental impact

Divestment – avoiding investment in industries that cause environmental damage

  • Animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution and habitat destruction.
  • 2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of beef, and 1,000 gallons of water are required to produce 1 gallon of milk.
  • A farm with 2,500 dairy cows produces the same amount of waste as a city of 411,000 people.
  • For every 1 pound of fish caught, up to 5 pounds of unintended marine species are caught and discarded as by-kill.
  • 80% of antibiotics sold in the US are for livestock.
  • Ten thousand years ago, 99% of zoomass was wild animals. Today, humans and the animals that humans raise as food make up 98% of the zoomass.
  • Citations for statistics available from http://www.cowspiracy.com/facts/

Beyond Investing seeks to avoid all animal exploitation in its portfolios and will not invest in companies deemed to have a significant negative environmental impact. 

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