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What Is Vegan Investing?

If you take care to eat vegan and try not to use any animal products such as fur, leather, silk, honey and wool, why should this not extend to other areas of your life like finance and investment as well? Carrying forward the idea of living a vegan lifestyle is the concept of vegan investing. This concept centers itself on investments into companies that follow ethical principles in the way they treat animals and the environment.

Vegan companies

Vegan companies are those that have a conscience, who don’t exploit animals for their own profit and gain. Not only do they not test on animals, they don’t use animal products either as ingredients of their products or for manufacturing processes. These are ethical companies that pay heed to social justice and the environmental responsibility of manufacturers.

The aim of vegan investing

The impact of investing in vegan companies is twofold. By investing in these, you not only give financial impetus and encouragement to companies that follow environmentally and socially responsible practices, you also help divert capital from companies that follow destructive practices.


Vegan investing can help shape a better future in a small but significant way by not investing in companies that exploit animals. It furthers the concept of Socially Responsible Investing that came about as a result of people’s desire to make investments based on their societal concerns and values.

Finding vegan investment opportunities

Typically you would need to do a lot of research to find genuinely vegan and non exploitive companies that look after animal welfare. Reading up about the company, their prospectus and so on can be quite challenging.

There is an element of risk in vegan investing, since vegan enterprises tend to be smaller, closely held outfits that require venture capital investments as against buying stocks listed on the market. Such investments can be higher risk, so if you need advice about how to invest vegan, you could look for fund managers that can offer competitive returns even on vegan investments.

Wide Circle Fund is a service that offers ethical investment fund management. They develop equity investment funds that support ethical values of people and help them invest in companies that support veganism.

Rocky Mountain Humane Investing also supports cruelty free investments that help further the compassionate values of investors.

The Social Investment Forum is another conduit for vegan people to invest in accordance with their moral stance.

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Oleg July 15, 2013

Gubarchuk Oleg R. – (vegetarian).
Hello …tell ме please, you can invest in VEGAN-CAFE and Tourist-Agencies.
Country: Ukraine (Carpathians). Tourist town Yaremche … need 300 000 $ to the redemption rights of commercial real estate (300m.2) Which is located in the center of the city, and run in the usual regime.
If yes …. I will provide more information (a business plan) …. And what are your conditions.
Thank you.


Beth Music December 23, 2013

Hi, I am looking for ethical investors, for starting up my vegan dog food company. Any info, would be appreciated! Thanks, Beth Music


Brenda A. Morris May 28, 2014

Thank you for making vegan folks aware of SRI!

If appx. 3% of the United States is vegetarian(Vegetarian Times, 2008), and the average 401(k) balance is $71,500(Fidelity Investments®, 2011), then there is potentially over $640 billion that can be used to improve animal welfare practices using shareholder advocacy and our proxy voting power if we all work together.


Tom Nowak January 5, 2015

I would like to make readers of this forum aware of a book I recently published: Low Fee Vegan Investing, Taking veganism to the next level. As pointed out in an earlier posting, sustainable investing is a significant tool that can be used to advance vegan values.


Dave November 2, 2015

This article includes a link to Wide Circle Fund. That link is no longer working, and I think they have gone out of business.


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