UN Principles for Responsible Investment

27 April 2006

"The Principles for Responsible Investment were developed by an international group of institutional investors reflecting the increasing relevance of environmental, social and corporate governance issues to investment practices. The process was convened by the United Nations Secretary-General."

Focus: Environmental, Social, and Governance
Publishing date: April 2006
Effective from: April 2006
Version: Final
Voluntary / Mandatory: Voluntary

Relevance to investor:

  • Better align investors with broader objectives of society
  • Holistic ESG evaluation for investment, ESG ownership and reporting”

Predecessor policies / frameworks: IFC Sustainability Framework, 2006

"The six Principles for Responsible Investment are a voluntary and aspirational set of investment principles that offer a menu of possible actions for incorporating ESG issues into investment practice."

Institution behind the policy / framework: UN Principles for Responsible Investment

Target users: PRI signatories, other investors

Components of the policy / framework:
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.
Principle 6: We will each report on our activities and progress towards implementing the Principles.

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