Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI): a global framework for institutional investors' consideration of environmental, social and governance issues.
James Gifford, Lead Project Manager TBLI conference Bangkok, May 2006
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PRI objective <ul><li>To develop and implement a set of global principles that facilitates the integration of ESG issues into mainstream investment practices </li></ul>
Design <ul><li>Process convened by UN Secretary-General </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Implemented by UNEP FI and UN Global Compact </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Institutional investor focus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>50 institutional investor signatories representing > US$4 Trillion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on investor behaviour rather than corporate behaviour </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Framed in terms of fiduciary responsibility rather than ethics </li></ul></ul>
June/July 2004 – Klaus Toepfer of UNEP announces Principles for Responsible Investment process in London and UN Global Compact publishes first "Who Cares Wins" report. April 2005 – First PRI Expert Group meeting in Paris. June 2005 – UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan convenes first PRI Investor Group meeting at UN Headquarters, New York. 21 asset owners representing USD 1.7 Trillion. Subsequent meetings in Toronto, London, Boston. April 27/ May 2 2006 – UN SG Annan rings bell and opens NYSE . PRI launched supported by 34 asset owners and 18 investment managers from nine countries representing more than USD 4 Trillion. Timeline
<ul><li>About the Principles </li></ul><ul><li>The Principles: </li></ul><ul><li>reflect a deep understanding of materiality . </li></ul><ul><li>are grounded within the bounds of fiduciary duty . </li></ul><ul><li>can be applied across mainstream portfolios . </li></ul><ul><li>provide practical guidance on key challenges . </li></ul><ul><li>can make a difference . </li></ul>
Preamble <ul><li>As institutional investors, we have a duty to act in the best long-term interests of our beneficiaries. In this fiduciary role, we believe that environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) issues can affect the performance of investment portfolios (to varying degrees across companies, sectors, regions, asset classes and through time). We also recognise that applying these Principles may better align investors with broader objectives of society. Therefore, where consistent with our fiduciary responsibilities, we commit to the following: </li></ul>
Principles <ul><li>1 We will incorporate ESG issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes. </li></ul>
<ul><li>2 We will be active owners and incorporate ESG issues into our ownership policies and practices. </li></ul>
3 We will seek appropriate disclosure on ESG issues by the entities in which we invest.
4 We will promote acceptance and implementation of the Principles within the investment industry.
5 We will work together to enhance our effectiveness in implementing the Principles.
6 We will each report on our activities and progress towards implementing the Principles.
<ul><li>The PRI provides the first global framework for mainstream institutional investors to address ESG issues in a collaborative way. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Awareness raising about the PRI and associated actions </li></ul><ul><li>Research, analysis and benchmarking of corporate performance </li></ul><ul><li>Shareholder engagement to encourage responsible business practice </li></ul><ul><li>Systemic issues, link with UNCTAD’s corporate governance work </li></ul>PRI in emerging markets