How to encourage sustainable local investment
Units of Trust are investments in local businesses that are neither shares nor direct loans but preferential debentures that are issued in standard denominations so local community members can easily compare offers.
Unlike shares or direct loans, these debentures do not give money as interest, but products and services.
By providing a unit of trust investment service local financial intermediaries like banks can bolster sustainable development if the investments are linked to the circular economy.
Units of trust provide a customer acquisition route for local businesses too.