Heading the investment chain, asset owners set the direction of markets. The PRI work with asset owners to:
  • champion ESG incorporation throughout organisations;
  • enable asset owners to effectively oversee and monitor investment managers and others;
  • demonstrate how long-term global trends will shape the investment environment of tomorrow;
  • establish that asset owners’ duties to their beneficiaries extend beyond the risk/return profile of their investments to include making decisions that benefit the world beneficiaries live in.

To hear more about our asset owner work, contact us.

Empowering asset owners remains key to the future success of the PRI and responsible investment. The PRI is consulting with asset owner signatories on their strategic priorities and how the PRI can help to empower them, via a short survey and a series of asset owner roundtables.

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How to include ESG considerations in every step of the investment process:

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Investment strategy

Asset owners should craft a clear and explicit investment strategy that comprehensively considers: all long-term trends affecting their portfolios, how the fund fulfils the asset owner’s fiduciary duty and how it can operate as efficiently as possible for beneficiaries and other stakeholders.

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Investment policy

By formalising an investment process in a policy, asset owners differentiate emotions from facts when making investment decisions, keeping a relentless focus on performing in line with their investment strategy in an evidence-based manner.

A practical guide to ESG integration for equity investing

Asset allocation

The PRI produces guides, case studies, webinars and events to inform investors how to incorporate ESG considerations into investment decision-making and ownership practices in a systematic way, within each asset class.

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Selecting, appointing and monitoring managers

An asset owner should ensure that a coherent set of expectations is communicated to agents acting on their behalf, and can align incentive structures with these expectations.

Asset Owner Advisory Committee

The Asset Owner Advisory Committee is a vital means of communication between asset owner signatories and the PRI.
Committee members are involved in steering all asset owner work at the PRI, including consulting on ESG integration in investment strategy and policy, and in selecting, appointing and monitoring fund managers.

Members of the group can be found here

PRI Data Portal

PRI Data Portal: Explore signatories' reporting data

Asset owners and investment managers can easily search, group and request access to private Transparency Reports and Assessment Reports from other signatories via the web-based Data Portal platform.

More asset owner resources

Asset owner climate change strategy

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Reducing emissions across the portfolio

A growing number of asset owners want to know how their assets are exposed to climate change related risks, and the role that they can play in an orderly transition to a lower carbon economy.

Three steps to develop a climate change strategy

Developing an asset owner climate change strategy

There is a growing imperative for asset owners to align their investment portfolios with a low-carbon economy.

Islamic finance

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Islamic finance and responsible investment

The main drivers of signatory growth in OIC countries are the strong alignment of social objectives in responsible investment and Islamic finance, and the additional financial value of integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment processes – which can be combined with Sharia screening.

Corporate pension plans

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Why corporate pensions plans should mirror their sponsor's values

While corporate plans are legally distinct from their sponsors, plans and their beneficiaries can benefit from responsible investment in several ways.

How asset owners can drive responsible investment

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How asset owners can drive responsible investment: Beliefs, strategies and mandates

By implementing their commitments to responsible investment with sufficient scale and depth, asset owners can accelerate the development of responsible investment through the investment chain.

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Seven steps for asset owners to implement responsible investment

Steps to ensure that asset owners have the systems, policies, processes and accountabilities they need to ensure that their investment beliefs and commitments are reflected in their strategies, governance processes and contractual relationships with managers.

Benchmarking infrastructure assets on ESG performance


The PRI and GRESB teamed up to produce a webinar explaining why investors use the GRESB Infrastructure platform, how it works and the value it brings to their organisations.