It is always very exciting for the PRI to welcome a new organisation to its global network. In terms of communicating this move externally, signatories vary in terms of their strategies. Some wish to make a formal announcement, while others do not. PRI leaves the choice up to each new signatory.

If a signatory does wish to make a formal announcement, they normally do this in the form of a press release, which they will write and distribute themselves. The PRI is happy to provide a quote from its managing director, Fiona Reynolds, which can be included in the press release.

Examples of press releases

Here are some examples of wording that other signatories have used in their internal /external materials after becoming a signatory to the PRI:

Harvard

Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust

University of California

GAM Holding

Prometeia Advisor

Protocol for press releases

It is appreciated if, prior to dissemination, signatories can send a draft release to the Head of PR to ensure that the signatory’s key messages are aligned with those of the PRI. Reading the draft also enables the PRI to draft a suitable quote from the managing director which fits seamlessly into the release. Finally, reviewing the release beforehand gives PRI an opportunity to check that the figures such as number of signatories and AUM are up-to-date.

Posting information on the website

In addition to posting press releases on their public websites and intranets/client extranets, signatories may also wish to include new signatory information in staff newsletters and other internal publications. In the past, the PRI has collaborated with signatories on interviews and articles for internal publications and we are always happy to accommodate these requests.

Other points worth mentioning

When using “PRI” in a sentence, the correct reference is “The UN-supported PRI…” When using “PRI” on its own, we recommend that new signatories spell out the full name, The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). A standard PRI boilerplate can also be provided.

Communicating to the media

Normally, signatories will send the release out to their own media contacts; however, PRI is happy to help support this. In the past, for example, we have arranged joint interviews with relevant publications about a new organisation joining the PRI.

Any questions can be referred to Joy Frascinella, Head of PR, 020 3714 3143 joy.frascinella@unpri.org