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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:
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.
Source: PRI responsible investment regulation database 2
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 email@example.com. If you intend on using the information externally, we kindly request to know how you will use it and for PRI to be credited.
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1 May 2022 Regulation Database update. The PRI considers “revisions” because this encompasses the systematic tightening of ESG requirements over time.
2 Note, while this graph shows 2022, the regulation database is only as of 31 April 2022.
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