As a signatory-based organisation, the PRI encourages all signatories to participate actively in its governance and strategic direction, and provide feedback on strategically important matters via formal consultations.

The PRI’s Articles of Association require the PRI to formally consult with signatories before the adoption of: its three-year strategic plan, making material changes to its governance structure, the Objects and/or Mission, the Principles or the signatory fee structure.

For each consultation, the PRI will publish a consultation document, allow a consultation period of at least a four weeks, and provide multiple channels for signatories to provide feedback, including at regional events and webinars. As part of its commitment to transparency, the PRI will publish a summary of the feedback received from signatories, their full consultation responses, and a formal response to this feedback from the PRI Board after each consultation period closes.

Current consultations

Hedge fund module survey

Survey period

14 August 2018 – 15 September 2018

The PRI aims to allow voluntary reporting on hedge funds in the 2019 Reporting Framework. The module will drive asset owner and hedge fund manager dialogue to incorporate ESG factors in the investment process across different hedge fund strategies. This consultation introduces the objectives and proposed set of new indicators for a direct – hedge funds module. Please send completed surveys to reporting@unpri.org.

View the survey as a pdf

 

Asset owner survey

Survey period

5 March 2018 – 29 June 2018

Empowering asset owners remains key to the future success of the PRI and responsible investment. The PRI is consulting with asset owner signatories on their strategic priorities and how the PRI can help to empower them, via a short survey and a series of asset owner roundtables. The survey is a primer for our face-to-face conversations. The confidential survey asks for your perspectives on, and prioritisation of:

  • the PRI Blueprint objectives, including empowering asset owners;
  • environmental, social and governance issues;
  • how effective the PRI is in supporting you; and
  • the value of ongoing asset owner focused resources.

Please share your views in the survey to enhance and tailor the in-person conversations that will follow.

View the survey as a pdf

Complete the online survey

See the events page for upcoming asset owner roundtables. 

Past consultations

Serious violations Policy

Consultation period

6 November 2017 – 1 December 2017

Objectives

The PRI’s integrity is dependent both on the actions of the PRI and collective commitment and good efforts of PRI signatories to the PRI, its objects and the implementation of the Principles. The Serious violations Policy is one means to safeguard the reputation, integrity and good efforts of the PRI and its signatories.

The purpose of the formal policy was to provide the Board and Executive with a formal process to reference when there is an allegation of a serious violation; and assurance to signatories that there is a process and predictable response to a serious violation.

The PRI welcomed constructive comments from signatories on the draft policy, particularly:

  • Does the policy effectively support the stated objectives?
  • How could the policy be improved? 

The PRI Board will reflect on feedback received from signatories before approving the policy.

Read the consultation paper

2018-21 strategy

Consultation period

18 October 2017 – 15 November 2017

Objectives

In April 2017 the PRI  launched the Blueprint for responsible investment, the vision the next ten years of responsible investment. The Blueprint is the framework for the 2018-21 strategic objectives and the enabling environment. The PRI conducted a formal consultation on the three-year strategy via webinars and an on-line survey. 

We asked signatories four questions about the three-year strategic plan:

  1. Will the proposed strategy effectively start the delivery of the Blueprint? Are the proposed initiatives the right ones and the right level of ambition for this initial period?
  2. Are the strategic objectives the right ones? Are we focusing on the right objectives in each of the nine Blueprint areas?
  3. Does the strategy work for you? How will this proposed strategy affect or influence your organisation? To what extent will it support you in your work to integrate ESG issues?
  4. Are the enablers right? Is the PRI taking the right actions for the delivery of the strategy?

Signatory feedback

The PRI received 76 submissions to the on-line consultation and a further 73 signatories participated in the consultation webinars.  We would like to thank all signatories and other stakeholders for their participation.

An Executive Summary of the feedback is available here. The full responses submitted by each organisation are available here.

Board reply

The Board took notice of the signatory feedback before approving the three-year strategy at their Board meeting in November 2017.

For further information about the draft strategy or the process please contact governance@unpri.org

Read the consultation paper

Watch the webinar recording

Proposals and methods to strengthen signatory accountability

Consultation period

1 August 2017 – 30 September 2017

Objectives

This public consultation aimed to collect detailed feedback on the PRI’s proposals for future minimum requirements and leadership criteria applicable to its signatories. It provides participants with in-depth descriptions of the proposed criteria, methods and rationales and aims to collect detailed feedback. The responses to the public, online survey together with feedback from a dedicated session at PRI in Person on September 25 will be evaluated and published later in the year. 

Signatory feedback

The PRI received over 180 submissions to the on-line consultation and more than 100 signatories participated in the roundtable event at PRI in Person.  We would like to thank all signatories and other stakeholders for their participation.

An Executive Summary of the feedback is available here. The full responses submitted by each organisation are available here.

Board reply

The Board took notice of the signatory feedback before approving implementing minimum requirements for signatories at their Board meeting in November 2017. A full overview of the PRI’s minimum requirements can be found here.

The Board will meet again in March 2018 to further discuss details of showcasing leadership for signatories. A full update can be found here.

Read the consultation paper

Sustainable financial system, Principles, Impact

Consultation period

6 June 2016 – 5 August 5 2016

Objectives

This consultation has 4 objectives:

  1. Determine which of the obstacles to a sustainable financial system lying within market practices, structures and regulation the PRI and its signatories should work together to address. 
  2. Determine the extent to which the PRI should use the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to encourage and measure the ‘real world’ impact of responsible investment activity by signatories on the environment and society.
  3. Determine whether the Principles should be updated to reflect the issues raised in this paper.
  4. Determine how the PRI should define and measure its own success over the next decade.

Read the consultation paper

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A supplementary document and literature review are available.

In September 2016, the PRI released its report Sustainable financial system: nine priority conditions to address. The consultation set out the PRI’s work on a sustainable financial system which will form part of its ten-year Blueprint for responsible investment, due for release in March 2017. To provide feedback on the report or for further information on the PRI’s sustainable financial system work, contact sustainablefinancialsystem@unpri.org.

Responses

The PRI received nearly 200 submissions to the consultation and would like to thank signatories and stakeholders for their participation. An executive summary of the feedback is available here

The full responses submitted by each organisation are available here. The PRI also received written responses from ICGN and Committee on Workers Capital

Webinars

The PRI hosted two webinars on 6 July to update signatories on the objectives of the second consultation. The slides can be downloaded here. If you have any questions, please email priconsultation@unpri.org.

Board reply

The PRI Board published high-level recommendations in response to the consultation findings at its Signatory General Meeting (SGM) on 6 September 2016. These formed part of the PRI’s Blueprint for responsible investment, which will be published in early 2017 and outline an ambitious agenda for action by the PRI and the wider responsible investment community for the coming decade.

Strengthening accountability, Recognising diversity

Consultation period

December 2015 – March 2016

Objectives

This consultation had two overarching objectives:

  • to determine how the PRI can better recognise diversity across its signatory base, allowing market forces to promote wider adoption of responsible investing practices while ensuring that the PRI remains inclusive and continues to welcome new signatories;
  • to identify additional accountability mechanism/s that could be introduced to ensure signatories currently making little or no progress are incentivised to do more, and determine whether those who show no progress over time should be delisted.

Read the consultation paper

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Responses

The PRI received more than 500 submissions to the consultation and would like to thank signatories and stakeholders for their participation. An executive summary of the feedback is available here.

You can review the full response submitted by each organisation here.

Webinars

The PRI hosted several webinars in February to update signatories on the objectives of the consultation. The slides can be downloaded here.

Board reply

The PRI Board published high-level recommendations in response to the consultation findings at its Signatory General Meeting (SGM) on 6 September 2016. These will form part of the PRI’s Blueprint for Responsible Investment, which will be published in early 2017 and outline an ambitious agenda for action by the PRI and the wider responsible investment community for the coming decade.