A Legal Framework for Impact

A Legal Framework for Impact, a ground-breaking report, set out to clarify how regulators in 11 jurisdictions view “investing for sustainability impact”, which involves the use of investment powers, stewardship and engagement with policy makers to produce assessable positive sustainability impacts.

The report is aimed at providing concrete support to impact investors, and mainstream investors wishing to invest for sustainability impact. A joint effort by the PRI, UNEP FI, the Generation Foundation, and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, it contains analysis of laws around the world and demonstrates that investors should feel empowered to set impact goals and measure their progress against them.


A Legal Framework for Impact

A joint work programme from PRI, UNEP FI and the Generation Foundation

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UK: Integrating sustainability goals across the investment industry

A number of policy measures could enable UK investors to pursue positive sustainability impacts through their investments, in particular where that is relevant to financial returns.

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Australia: Integrating sustainability goals across the investment industry

Five policy and regulatory reforms could help investors pursue environmental and social goals, and two further measures should also be considered.

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European Union: Empowering investors to pursue sustainability goals

New measures are needed to enable mainstream EU investors to pursue environmental and social goals


Investing for sustainability impact: changes needed in EU policy framework

Alina Neculae, Senior policy analyst, EU and France, Policy, PRI

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Legal Framework for Impact: embedding climate action in financial regulation

By Freya Bannochie, Policy Analyst, UK, PRI, and Laxmi Aeshwarya Kumar, Project Specialist, UNEP FI