Regulation database

PRI’s regulation database documents existing and in progress sustainable finance policies around the world. It covers 868 policy tools and guidance and more than 300 policy revisions which support, encourage or require investors to consider all long-term value drivers, including environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors

Government and policy maker interest in sustainable finance and investment has grown dramatically since the start of the century. Of the policies identified by PRI, 96% have been developed since the year 2000. The pace continues to increase – the PRI identified 225 new or revised policy instruments in 2021, more than double the number in any previous year. This continues the trend identified when the PRI first published its database of global sustainable finance policy in 2016 1.

Sustainable finance policies and regulations can:

  • support national policy goals on climate change and the SDGs;
  • enhance the resilience and stability of the financial system and the economy;
  • improve market efficiency by clarifying and aligning investor and company expectations; and
  • increase the attractiveness of countries as investment destinations.

As sustainable finance and investment policies develop, driving investments towards sustainable, inclusive and zero-carbon economies will require aligning regulatory frameworks globally.

The data is derived from a review of existing databases, primary research by the PRI’s policy team, and interviews with market stakeholders including investors, stock exchanges, regulators, and industry associations.

Cumulative number of policy interventions


Source: PRI responsible investment regulation database 2

New methodology and categories

The growth of responsible investment policies and regulations around the world continues to accelerate. The database includes policies from 116 countries, 30 of those are listed in the database for the first time. The regulation database was last updated in Q1 2022.

This data was updated April 2022 using a new methodology which you can read in full here. Please be aware this database should not substitute for your own due diligence. To request a copy of the database please request to join the Collaboration Platform page (you will have to be registered on the Collaboration Platform first to do this). For corrections, additions or questions please contact If you intend on using the information externally, we kindly request to know how you will use it and for PRI to be credited.


Continued growth in PRI’s regulation database - a look at 2021

88 new policies added to PRI’s regulation database

By Hazell Ransome, Karen Kerschke, Junru Liu, Freya Bannochie, the PRI’s Policy team

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