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.

Responsible cobalt sourcing

Cobalt mining

How investors can promote responsible cobalt sourcing practices

Lithium-ion batteries power products at the cutting edge of technology, from smartphones to laptops and electric cars.

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.

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 ...

Retailers

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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.

Agricultural supply chains

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From poor working conditions to forced labour - what's hidden in your portfolio?

Recent legislation such as the UK Modern Slavery Act, along with prominent examples of labour breaches in agricultural supply chains - which include child labour in the cocoa industry or forced labour in the seafood industry – are exposing food and beverage companies to heightened operational, regulatory and reputational risks.

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.