Genetically modified food, intensive farming methods and animal testing are among the main areas of concern for ethical investors a survey for Standard Life Investments has revealed.
The survey has been sent to over 4,600 of the life office's customers and 1,000 IFAs and is designed to establish if the current crop of ethical products satisfy their ethical requirements.
The findings will form the basis of any changes to Eiris criteria for selection of companies suitable for ethical investments.
Standard Life's ethical committee chairman Marcia Campbell says: "Unlike some committees we do not take the view that we always know what is ethical and what is not. It is our customers' concerns and opinions that are reflected in the ethical policy."