UK policy

The PRI engages with UK policymakers, alongside and with the support of signatories, to shape and support the implementation of the UK government's commitment to be a net zero financial centre.

In the beginning of 2023, the UK government published a suite of documents including the 2023 Green Finance Strategy and the Net Zero Growth plan. These reiterated existing commitments on Sustainability Disclosure Requirements and development of the UK Green Taxonomy, as well as new commitments to clarify fiduciary duty and transition plan requirements. The UK policy team works on these issues, alongside stewardship, real economy, climate issues, and building on the findings of A Legal Framework for Impact report, to guide policy recommendations to better integrate sustainability impacts into UK financial legislation.

See below for the PRI’s resources on UK sustainable finance policy work.

Key publications

Latest consultations

PRI response to the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) over proposed changes to the UK Corporate Governance Code

The PRI welcomes the proposed changes to the UK Corporate Governance Code. The PRI is particularly supportive of revisions seeking to prompt more outcomes-based reporting, increased transparency on director appointments and the inclusion of narrative (sustainability) reporting within the remit of audit committees. We encourage the FRC to introduce provisions on the disclosure of sustainability related skills and experience of board members and governance arrangements for the oversight of sustainability matters.

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PRI response to DWP and HMT call for evidence on pension trustee skills, capability and culture

The PRI welcomes the Department of Works and Pension (DWP) and HM Treasury (HMT) call for evidence as an opportunity to ensure pension trustees have the right knowledge, skills and support to make investment decisions in the long-term interest of beneficiaries. We make recommendations on the need for ESG related training for trustees, clarification of fiduciary duty, and increased engagement with and incorporation of beneficiaries' preferences.

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PRI response to the DBT and FRC's review into non-financial reporting requirements

The PRI welcomes this review as an opportunity for the DBT and FRC to increase the consistency, reliability, and comparability of non-financial corporate reporting.

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Call for evidence

PRI response to the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) UK Sustainability Disclosure call for evidence on the proposed endorsement of the IFRS Sustainability Disclosure Standards

The PRI endorse the ISSB Standards and recommend that the UK Government transpose IFRS S1 and IFRS S2 into UK regulatory requirements, as well as establishing an endorsement mechanism for current and future ISSB Standards to become part of UK law.

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PRI submission to the FCA's discussion paper on finance for positive sustainable change

The PRI supports regulatory progress to remove barriers to investors contributing to positive sustainability outcomes, as well as the FCA's work in enabling an economy-wide transition to net zero. Our recommendations call for greater clarity on the legal responsibility to address sustainability outcomes, updated guidance on skills and knowledge on climate and sustainability risks, and decision-useful reporting.

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PRI response to the Environmental Audit Committee's (EAC) enquiry into the financial sector and the UK’s net zero transition

Creating a net zero financial centre in the UK requires foundational changes in public policy, and the PRI offers recommendations rooted in ensuring that financial flows are consistent with zero carbon, climate resilient development pathways that work for people and the planet.

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Further resources

  • Policy-briefings

    Policy reports

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  • Key policy developments of 2020

    Consultations and letters

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    A Legal Framework for Impact

    It is crucial that assessing and accounting for sustainability impact becomes a core part of investment activity. That’s why PRI, UNEP FI and The Generation Foundation are leading our work programme “A Legal Framework for Impact.”