PRI fact sheet

Since its launch in 2006, the PRI has been instrumental in raising awareness about responsible investment among the global investment community, increasing the level of transparency around the activities and capabilities of its signatories and fostering collaboration between them, and supporting their engagements with companies and policymakers on ESG issues. Assets under management by PRI signatories now stands at more than US$59 trillion, up from US$4 trillion at the PRI’s launch in 2006.

More information can be found in the 2015 Annual Report.

Examples of ESG issues

Environment (E)

Examples of environmental issues include: biodiversity loss, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, climate change impacts, renewable energy, energy efficiency, resource depletion, chemical pollution, waste management, depletion of fresh water, ocean acidification, stratospheric ozone depletion, changes in land use, and nitrogen and phosphorus cycles.

Social (S)

Examples of social issues include: activities in conflict zones, distribution of fair trade products, health and access to medicine, workplace health safety and quality, HIV/AIDS, labour standards in the supply chain, child labour, slavery, relations with local communities, human capital management, employee relations, diversity, controversial weapons, and freedom of association.

Governance (G)

Examples of governance issues include: executive benefits and compensation, bribery and corruption, shareholder rights, business ethics, board diversity, board structure, independent directors, risk management, whistle-blowing schemes, stakeholder dialogue, lobbying, and disclosure. This category may also include business strategy issues, both the implications of business strategy for environmental and social issues, and how the strategy is to be implemented.

Growth of the PRI Initiative


The graph above was generated from the data available in this Excel spreadsheet, updated annually in April. No further AUM breakdowns by asset class, country, region or signatory category is available.