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Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) has a clear basis in human rights. This is reflected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as in the International Labour Organization standards.
The PRI’s 2020 report, Why and how investors should act on human rights, clarifies how the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights set expectations for investors to act on human rights, including those related to DEI.
The PRI supports investors to integrate DEI into investment and ownership decisions as investors have an interest in the overall DEI performance within an economy. A just, equitable and fair society where everyone can participate and reach their full potential is the social capital that societies, companies and investors rely on to prosper.
The terms diversity, equity and inclusion are often used interchangeably. It’s important to note that each term has a unique and significant meaning.
Diversity can be defined as the presence of difference within a given context, such as an organisation.
Equity means people have fair access, opportunity, resources and power to thrive. The goal is to move beyond historical and systemic barriers to achieve greater fairness of treatment and outcomes.
Inclusion can be described as the actions taken to understand, embrace and leverage the unique strengths and facets of identity for all individuals so that they feel welcomed, valued and supported.
Investors need to expand their focus beyond gender and diversity and address issues such as inclusion, equity and other characteristics to truly benefit from DEI
This due diligence questionnaire (DDQ) is designed to help institutional investors understand how investment managers and investment consultants approach diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) within their own organisations, through their investment activities or the manager research process
Human rights case study
Human rights case study
The Westly Group highlights how its diversity work across deal sourcing, due diligence, portfolio management and internal hiring is starting to deliver notable results.
Glasswing Ventures highlights its approach to engaging in and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion activities within its firm and portfolio companies.
This webinar will explore disability inclusion in the workplace as a critical social issue for investors which needs to be examined with a strategic perceptive, mitigating risks and realising the opportunities that disability brings. The speakers will discuss increasing evidence that embracing equality and diversity contributes to the long-term success ...
This webinar addresses the myth of meritocracy in hiring and promotion practices.
By Carol Jeppesen, Head of the US, PRI
In this episode, the PRI’s CEO, Fiona Reynolds, speaks with our very special guest, Ted Kennedy, Jr.
With diversity increasingly recognised as beneficial for businesses and in turn investments, this session will identify the lessons learnt and the impact of current initiatives to achieve a more diverse workforce, including:• why investors should care about diversity, and how to think of other strands beyond gender;• how investors can ...
The gap in income and wealth between the very affluent and the rest of society has become one of the most noteworthy socio-economic issues of our time.