Growth in size and diversity of signatory base continues
Growth in signatory numbers has continued to accelerate, increasing 28% year-on-year to 4,902 signatories (4,395 investors and 507 service providers) by 31 March 2022. Investor signatories’ AUM is estimated at US$121.3 trillion.
The United States (267 new signatories) and the UK & Ireland (155) together accounted for 39% of new signatories, with the rest of Europe accounting for a further 31%.
Growth was also strong in China (71%); Asia excl. Japan and China (54%); Latin America excl. Brazil (34%); and Brazil (30%).
Asset owner growth
A further 88 asset owners became PRI signatories in 2021/22, making it the third largest year for asset owner growth and bringing the total to 681.
Our asset owner base is becoming more diverse, with increasing numbers of endowments, foundations, corporate pension and insurance companies in the last three years balancing out the previously dominant position of public pension funds. The number of insurers grew by 27% to 167, compared to overall asset owner growth of 12%.
Five countries saw their first asset owner signatories in 2021/22: Cyprus, Turkey, Costa Rica, Slovenia and the Republic of Palau. In existing markets, Germany/Austria and the UK & Ireland saw particularly strong growth, with 18 and 13 new asset owner signatories respectively.
Servicing a diverse and growing signatory base
Working with more than 4,900 signatories in over 90 countries, the PRI team now includes 37 signatory engagement professionals, working in 22 cities around the world, typically acting as the first point of contact for PRI signatories.
Last year saw a new high of over 2,000 one-to-one meetings with signatories, up nearly 18% on the previous year. We met with over 60% of asset owners, and in total with signatories accounting for more than two-thirds of AUM.
As many countries have emerged from wide-ranging COVID restrictions, it has been great to see the return of face-to-face meetings and events. Stockholm and London provided the venues for two highly successful in-person events, the PRI’s first since the outbreak of the pandemic.
Alongside the welcome return of face-to-face engagement, video conferencing and other digital tools are continuing to evolve our engagement towards a hybrid model, providing signatories with more ways to connect with the PRI’s relationship managers, services and content.
In addition to events and one-to-one signatory calls, regional group calls are proving a popular way for signatories to connect in a growing number of regions, including for emerging markets in the Middle East and Latin America. An increasing number of signatories are also joining themed networks, such as those dedicated to wealth managers and venture capital.
As the PRI continues to grow, so too do the opportunities for signatory engagement, tailored to individual needs.
We were delighted to welcome 1,069 new signatories in 2021/22, bringing the total to 4,902.
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Between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2022, 134 organisations ceased to be signatories. While some signatories are delisted for failing to meet the requirements of being a signatory, other delistings arise for administrative reasons such as two signatories merging. Where signatories contact us asking to end their signatory status, we capture and report the reasons why, wherever possible.
Asked to be delisted, citing ’no longer interested’
- Africa REN Development
- Avenir Capital
- Cougar Global Investments
- European Capital Partners S.A.
- Guildfords Funds Management
- Jantz Management LLC
- Murex Partners
- Omni Partners LLP
- Praesidian Capital
- Sparda-Bank Muenchen eG
- Velocity Credit Ventures
Asked to be delisted, citing ’lack of resources’
- Altor Capital I, S.C (Provisional Signatory)
- Armstrong Energy Limited
- Bell Ratings
- Cantab Asset Management Limited
- FACTS East Africa
- Fuse Venture Partners
- Ideas and Capital
- Knightsgate Ventures
- Kobalt Capital Limited
- Marcho Partners
- Panitek Power AG
- Sapphire Capital Partners LLP
- SKBA Capital Management, LLC
- Taptrove Ventures
- Zilliard Capital
Asked to be delisted, citing ’reporting requirements’
- Fundação Atlântico de Seguridade Social
- Nova Scotia Public Service Superannuation Trustee Inc.
- Stichting Bedrijfstakpensioenfonds voor het Schoonmaak- en Glazenwassersbedrijf
- Thompson Rivers University
Asked to be delisted, unclear/unknown reason
- Explora Investments
- Kikkoman Corporation Pension Scheme
- Omega Overseas Investment Corporation
- Richwood Capital Management
Did not pay and/or report
- AFIG Funds
- AGNITIO REI
- Agreen Capital
- Baobab Capital (Pty) Ltd
- Bell Rock Group
- Bridging Finance Inc.
- Digital Technology Foundation
- EBG Investment Solutions AG
- ECPI Group
- EFM Asset Management
- Fairpointe Capital, LLC
- Global Impact Initiative
- Hottinger Group
- JCR LATAM S.A.
- Lunar Capital Management
- Mosaic Real Estate Investors
- Oner Capital
- Pacific Community Ventures
- Pechel Industries
- Pixiu Asset Management Limited
- Ratos AB
- Sarah Cleveland Consulting
- SEIU Pension Plans Master Trust
- Siraj Fund Management Company
- Solon Capital Partners Limited
- Style Analytics Limited
- SUMAC JUPITER
- Swiss Bright Advisors SA
Merged with or acquired by a non-signatory
- GGP Family Office
- Global Thematic Partners
- Perkins Investment Management LLC
- Tetra Impact Partners, LLC
- Vantage Point Asset Management
Merged with or acquired by another signatory
- Alm. Brand Bank Asset Management
- Atlas Master Trust
- BANKIA ASSET MANAGEMENT
- Banque Pâris Bertrand
- Cornerstone Capital
- Four Twenty Seven
- Idinvest Partners
- KAS BANK
- LUCRF Super
- Merian Global Investors
- Mizuho Real Estate Management Co., Ltd.
- MTAA Super
- Orfila Management, S.L.
- Pramerica SGR S.p.A.
- Psagot Investment House
- r2 Invest GmbH (Provisional Signatory)
- Roche-Brune Asset Management
- THB Asset Management
- The Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Society Limited
- Truvalue Labs
- University of Toronto Asset Management Corporation (re University of Toronto Pension Plan)
- Vigeo EIRIS
Reassignment of where signatory status sits within overall parent group
- Bankhaus Schelhammer & Schattera AG
- CGD Pensões - Sociedade Gestora de Fundos de Pensões, S.A.
- CSSP - Center for Social and Sustainable Products AG
- Dalton Strategic Partnership LLP
- Espiria Kapitalförvaltning
- LocalTapiola Real Estate Asset Management Ltd
- Seligson & Co Fund Management Company PLC
- UFF - African Agri Investments
- UTI International Limited
- Alder Capital Investment Management
- Arcobaluce AM S.r.l.
- Cameron Hume Limited
- Carve Capital AB
- Davis Global Advisors, Inc.
- Harvest Funds AS
- HQ Asset Management GmbH
- IPM Informed Portfolio Management AB
- Novalpina Capital
- Solidate Oy
- Spring Bridge Management, L.P.
- Strukturinvest Fondkommission
- 3S Advisory GmbH
- ASR Vermogensbeheer N.V.
- Bedford Funds, LP (Provisional Signatory)
- Capital Governance (S) Pte Ltd
- Cassia Investments
- Environmental Investment Services Asia Limited
- Equis Pte. Ltd
- Heard Capital LLC
- Independent Credit View AG
- Magni Global Asset Management
- Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated
- Stonyrock Partners (provisional signatory)
- Trustee Decisions
- VTB Capital Asset Management*
*Delisted due to being on the UK government’s list of sanctioned organisations following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
 As AUM is primarily calculated based on PRI Reporting submissions, the figure has not been updated for 2021.