We are delighted to announce the shortlisted entries for the 2021 PRI Awards. These projects were selected from 110 entries, sent in by PRI signatories headquartered in 25 countries. We would like to express our gratitude to the independent judging panel, who kindly gave up their time to review all the entries against category-specific criteria. 

The winner of each category will be announced at the PRI Digital Conference in October 2021.

ESG incorporation initiative of the year 

Shortlisted projectsSubmitted by
ESG Improvers - an alpha enhancing factor Rockefeller Asset Management
ESG Integration, Investment-Led, Expert-Driven J.P. Morgan Asset Management
Green-leader or green-washer? Using AI to prioritize company engagements Acadian Asset Management
Inclusive Growth BNP Paribas Asset Management
Integrating macro ESG metrics into emerging market sovereign debt investing Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co. LLC

ESG research innovation of the year

Shortlisted projectsSubmitted by
Climate & Nature Sovereign Index: WWF & Ninety One Ninety One, WWF
Incorporating Remote Sensing Data to ESG and Alternative Risk Monitoring MioTech
Prime Climate Risk Ratings Insight Investment
Sustainalytics - 10 for 2021 - Investing in the Circular Food Economy Sustainalytics

Stewardship initiative of the year

Shortlisted projectsSubmitted by
Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment (CCRI) Willis Towers Watson
Collaborative engagement against the construction of Vung Ang 2 coal-fired power plant Nordea Asset Management
Collaborative engagement with the social media companies NZ Super Fund
Reconciliation and Responsible Investment Initiative Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE), National Aboriginal Trust Officers Association (NATOA)
Satellite-based engagement towards no-deforestation ACTIAM

Real-world impact initiative of the year 

Shortlisted projectsSubmitted by
Norsad Finance Norsad Finance
Novaxia R Novaxia Investissement
“Preserve, Strengthen, Rebuild” Covid-19 Response CDC Group
UniSupers Sustainable Path to 2050 UniSuper

Emerging markets initiative of the year

Shortlisted projectsSubmitted by
Democratising ESG Investing: All-in-one Digital Platform Crea8 Capital, Cammillion
Fixed income incorporation of Southern Asset Management China Southern Asset Management
Harvest ESG Scoring System and its application in advancing sustainable investment Harvest Fund Management Co., Ltd 
Norsad Finance Norsad Finance