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Vehicle manufacturers agree global sustainability standards
Fourteen global automakers have agreed to a set of broad sustainability standards that make clear what they expect from suppliers on issues such as human rights, the environment, working conditions and business ethics. The companies are all...
Investors warned off ‘risky’ oil sands exposure
Investors seeking to reduce their exposure to the risk of stranded carbon assets should start by looking at investments in oil sands, deepwater projects and drilling in the arctic, a study has concluded. The new report 'Carbon Supply Cost...
Investors say court ruling shouldn't derail conflict minerals plans
Companies in the US are being urged to continue with plans to upgrade their reporting on conflict minerals after a court ruling upheld most new rules on the topic that have been introduced by the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
PRI appoints Carnstone Partners to undertake governance review
The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) has appointed Carnstone Partners LLP as the independent advisor to carry out a review of its governance. Eight firms responded to the PRI’s Request for Proposals (RfP) for an independent expert to carry...
Investors want more progress from apparel sector
A global coalition of 134 institutional investors has renewed an appeal to apparel sector companies to use their ‘full influence’ to improve working conditions in their supply chains. In a statement designed to coincide with the one-year anniversary...
Half of big businesses have board scrutiny of social issues
More than half of the world's largest companies now have board-level oversight of social issues, a new study has revealed. The survey found that 55% of S&P 500 company boards have 'explicit oversight responsibilities' of social issues relevant...
Over 97% of PRI signatories complete reporting framework
We are pleased to announce that more than 97% of those signatories required to report have completed the mandatory reporting framework. The Reporting and Assessment team are now in the process of collating responses...
Engagement on pay at all-time high in US
New regulations on executive pay have driven the level of engagement between US companies and investors to an all-time high, according to a new study. The survey of 82 institutional investors and 133 US-listed companies found that a new ‘say...
Vote forces European companies to report on sustainability
Annual reports of large companies in the European Union will soon have to include information on social and environmental impacts, after a landmark decision by the European Parliament. Members of the parliament voted by 599-55 in favour of a new regulation...
European pension providers to assess environmental risks
Institutions that manage pensions in Europe could be forced to evaluate climate change and environmental risks to their investments under new European Commission proposals. Article 29 of the commission’s newly published proposal for a directive...
PRI launches guide for private equity investors
The PRI today launched a new resource for signatories: Integrating ESG in private equity – A guide for general partners. 
Signatories engaged and satisfied - but more work to be done
The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) initiative today made public the results from a recent engagement and satisfaction survey of its 1,200 signatories. The survey received a 25% response rate and found that 75% of signatories would recommend...
PRI's Valeria Piani awarded for ESG article
PRI, Head of Investor Engagements, Valeria Piani recently received the 'Outstanding Author Contribution Award' for her work on “Organising the Collective Action of Institutional Investors: Three Case Studies from the Principles for Responsible...
Climate change hitting firms here and now
Most big European businesses are already experiencing negative impacts from climate change, according to a new survey. The CDP study of 270 of the largest listed...
Water risk filter upgrade as PRI prepares for engagement
Companies and investors are being offered an improved version of a popular online tool that helps them measure water risks and impacts across the globe. The Water Risk Filter, which was first released...