Social issues

The PRI supports investors’ efforts to address social issues such as human rights, working conditions and modern slavery with companies in their portfolio. To hear more about our social issues work, contact us.

Apparel industry

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Moving the needle on responsible labour practices in the apparel industry

The starting point for respecting human and labour rights is to understand the impact of a company’s activities on people.

The apparel industry in the spotlight

The apparel industry is a complex sector. Valued at US$3 trillion, the global market accounts for 2% of the world’s GDP.

Global garment industry supply chain

The potential human rights issue companies face when making a t-shirt

Adverse human rights issues and impacts are found throughout the supply chain.

Eleven alerts for investors when engaging with clothing companies

We interviewed a number of investors who have engaged companies on human rights issues.

Eight recommendations for investors engaging with apparel companies

To encourage apparel companies to improve labour practices in the apparel industry, investors can do a number of things.


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How to engage retailers on employee relations

Happy employees are good for business: highly engaged employees tend to stay longer, and are more likely to be productive and provide good customer service.

How to engage retailers on employee relations: getting started

To improve the level of reporting and performance on employee relations, suggestions on how investors can engage retailers on the topic are provided below.

How to engage retailers on key aspects of employee relations

Employee turnover not only provides an indication of employee retention, but also employee satisfaction as well as recruitment and training costs for new employees.

Three recommendations for future engagement with retailers

Although 22 of the 27 companies (81%) engaged improved their reporting, there remains significant scope for further improvement in both reporting and performance.

Extractives industry

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Human rights and the extractive industry: why engage, who to engage, how to engage

Extractive companies are among those companies that have the most daily impact on our lives. They have an impact on their workers, the communities located near their operations, and the people living in the operating country. They use countries’ natural resources, which ultimately belong to their citizens, and therefore need ...

The need for collaborative investor action on human rights in the extractive industry

Extractive companies face complex human rights risks. They are often confronted with dilemmas rather than clean-cut solutions when it comes to respecting human rights, particularly in emerging markets.

Why are PRI investors using the UN Guiding Principles as a framework for engagement?

There is a global expectation today that all companies respect human rights.

How to adapt engagement on human rights in the extractive industry to leaders and laggards

Based on findings from the PRI roundtables with extractive companies, and research into the reporting of 50 extractive companies, the PRI in conjunction with steering committee members suggest six areas for engagement.

Six engagement areas on human rights in the extractive industry

The following section contains questions for investors to consider when engaging with companies in the six areas.

Doing business in high-risk regions

Responsible business in conflict-affected and high-risk areas

Responsible business in conflict-affected and high-risk areas

Companies and their investors are paying increased attention to the challenges and opportunities of doing business in conflict-affected and high-risk areas.