PRI’s regulation database documents existing and in progress sustainable finance policies around the world. It covers 750 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 has identified 159 new or revised policy instruments so far in 2021, more than the whole of 2020. 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 86 countries, 3 of those are listed in the database for the first time. The regulation database was last updated in Q3 2021.

This map shows the density of regulations and policies for each country. To learn about the policies in detail please see our database below. If you think any regulation is missing please contact

This data was updated August 2021 using a new methodology which you can read in full here. Please be aware this database should not substitute for your own due diligence. For corrections, additions please contact or to request a copy of the database, please email If you intend on using the information externally, we kindly request to know how you will use it and for PRI to be credited. If you have any questions, please let us know.

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