The United Nations Environment Programme Financial Initiative (UNEP FI) along with the UN Global Compact and a group of the world’s largest institutional investors jointly developed the Principles for Responsible Investment, a set of initiatives for investors, particularly institutional investors, to pursue. The principles are founded on the premise that considering social, environmental, and corporate governance issues throughout the investment process can yield rewards for both investors and societies. To date, the principles have over 1,100 investment and/or institutional signatories from around the world.
Goal: The PRI Initiative wishes to contribute to the creation of a sustainable financial system by making social, environmental, and corporate governance considerations standard practice for investment.
Principle 1: We will incorporate ESG issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes.
Principle 2: We will be active owners and incorporate ESG issues into our ownership policies and practices.
Principle 3: We will seek appropriate disclosure on ESG issues by the entities in which we invest.
Principle 4: We will promote acceptance and implementation of the Principles within the investment industry.
Principle 5: We will work together to enhance our effectiveness in implementing the Principles.
[i] PRI Association. (n.d.). The six Principles. Retrieved July 03, 2013, from Principles for Responsible Investment: http://www.unpri.org/about-pri/the-six-principles/