A new campaign group has been set up to continue lobbying Orkney Islands Council to invest in ethical and responsible companies: the Orkney Campaign for Responsible Investment.
It includes representatives from all of Orkney’s main political parties with the exception of the Conservatives. As well as political parties others involved are : Unite the Union, the Educational Institute of Scotland, , Amnesty, Orkney Friends of Palestine and individuals from the local Quakers.
The campaigners were pleased that Orkney Islands Council has adopted the UN Principles for Responsible Investment.
The group will be asking OIC to identify ways in which it is moving towards this. It will also research positive alternatives for the council to invest in.
Chris Giles, speaking for the new group said:
“We are delighted that so many groups have come together to campaign for a change in investment priorities and look forward to working positively with OIC.
“The Council should be proud that it is one of the first three public sector pension funds in Scotland to sign up to the UN Principles.”