PRI launches Asset Owner Advisory Committee

Asset Owner Advisory Committee

January 13, 2016

The PRI is pleased to announce the creation of the Asset Owner Advisory Committee. Being on top of the investment chain, asset owners play a crucial role in driving responsible investment practices across PRI’s signatory base and throughout financial markets.

The Asset Owner Advisory Committee consists of high-level representatives from asset owner signatories that have demonstrated leadership in implementing the six Principles. It will advise the PRI on the strategy and execution of its Asset Owner Insight work.

Asset Owner Insight work is a key part of the PRI 2015-18 strategic plan’s focus on increasing the representation and participation of asset owners. The work will deliver fresh insights on areas such as incorporating ESG considerations into selecting, appointing and monitoring managers and managing passive investment.

The PRI’s signatories are its greatest strength. Through collaboration with the Advisory Committee, the Asset Owner Insight work will help the PRI to meet its strategic objective of Moving from awareness to impact.

Member Position Organisation Country
Mr. C. Ailman Chief Investment Officer CalSTRS United States of America
Ms. S. Alpert Chief Executive Officer Nathan Cummings Foundation United States of America
Mr. J. Bachher Ms. A Jaffe Office of the Chief Investment Officer University of California Regents United States of America
Ms. Y. Bakkum Director, Investment Management FMO The Netherlands
Mr. J. Davis Chief Investment Officer Opseu Pension Trust Canada
Ms. M. Giguère Member of the Executive Committee Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec Canada
Mr. H. Mizuno Executive Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer Government Pension Investment Fund Japan
Mr. J. Ralph Member of the Board of Management Allianz SE Germany
Mr. I. Silk Chief Executive Officer AustralianSuper Australia
Mr. D. Simard Chief Executive Officer Bâtirente Canada
Mr. A. Thorendal Chief Investment Officer Church of Sweden Sweden
Mr. X. den Uyl (chair) Trustee ABP The Netherlands
Mr. M. Walker Chief Investment Officer Univest The Netherlands
Ms. F. Ward Chief Risk Officer Environment Agency Pension Fund United Kingdom
TBA TBA TBA Emerging market (TBA)
TBA TBA TBA Emerging market (TBA)

Two seats are vacant for asset owners from emerging markets to join the Advisory Committee. For details of how to apply, see the Asset Owner Advisory Committee – Terms of Reference.
 

Asset Owner Insight work

Selecting, appointing and monitoring managers

Selecting managers with the necessary responsible investment skills and experience, including responsible investment clauses in contracts and scrutinising managers’ responsible investment performance are crucial to an asset owner achieving their responsible investment goals.

The Asset Owner Insight team is working closely with Reporting and Assessment team to develop the PRI Transparency Tool, which will provide asset owners with data from the Reporting Framework on investment managers’ responsible investment performance.
 

Investment policy

An investment policy that includes environmental, social and governance considerations guides investors towards long-term returns.

The Asset Owner Insight team is developing a practical guidance document for mainstream asset owners, outlining how ESG considerations can be integrated into the development of an investment policy.
 

Investment strategy

Developing investment strategies in which ESG considerations are incorporated enables asset owners to put responsible investment into practice.

The Asset Owner Insight team is developing a practical guidance document for mainstream asset owners, outlining ways in which investors can develop and formulate investment strategies and implement them into investment practices.
 

Passive/index investing

Specialised indices allow asset owners to incorporate ESG considerations into the easy and low-cost approach of passively managed assets.

The Asset Owner Insight team will highlight how passive managers can deploy conventional responsible investment strategies such as screening and active ownership, and provide insight into innovative approaches to integrating ESG considerations, such as in smart beta and strategic beta strategies.
 

Contact us

For more information on the Asset Owner Advisory Committee or the Asset Owner Insight team, please contact: Don Gerritsen, Senior Manager, Asset Owner Insight.

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