PRI publishes new guide for asset owners on ESG integration

LONDON, 31 October 2016 

The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) today announced the launch of the publication, Investment Policy: Process & Practice: Asset Owner’s Guide to Complete ESG Incorporation, which provides concrete, step-by-step guidance on how asset owners should be integrating ESG.

The new guide is aimed at assist asset owners—public and corporate pension funds, superannuation funds, insurance companies, endowments, foundations, family wealth offices—in revising their investment policy and incorporate all long-term factors, including ESG considerations.

The publication focuses on three core areas for implementing responsible investment:
-    Explaining why individual asset owners should take action, and how their actions can reinforce and amplify the actions of others. 
-    Describing how asset owners can give real substance and effect to their responsible investment commitments, mapping the process of investment policy formulation and development as well as the core items linking contemporary systemic developments to mainstream investment policy; and
-    Presenting examples from asset owners, offering reflections on their processes, the lessons they have learned and the value that they have achieved through responsible investing.

“We feel this guide answers the key questions about how asset owners can integrate ESG into the investment policy,” said Don Gerritsen, senior manager, asset owner insight. “Rather than be side-lined as a separate policy, ESG should be integrated as part of any mainstream investment practice because integration enables stronger alignment between material ESG factors and mainstream policy considerations.”

“PRI’s Investment Policy Guide provides asset owners a concise and implementable framework for integrating all material ESG considerations into the investment policy,” said Linda Mateza, Head of Investments & Actuarial Services, The Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), South Africa.

To see a full copy of the report, click here.

About the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

The United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Initiative is an international network of investors working together to put the six Principles for Responsible Investment into practice. Its goal is to understand the implications of sustainability for investors and support signatories to incorporate these issues into their investment decision making and ownership practices. In implementing the Principles, signatories contribute to the development of a more sustainable global financial system.

For more information, contact:

Joy Frascinella
Head of PR, PRI
+44 (0) 20 3714 3143