Diversity, equity and inclusion

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.

What is diversity, equity and inclusion?

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.

Discussion paper

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Diversity, equity & inclusion: Key action areas for investors


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

Due diligence questionaire


Diversity, equity and inclusion DDQ for institutional investors

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

Case studies

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The Westly Group: Helping to build diverse teams for the future


The Westly Group highlights how its diversity work across deal sourcing, due diligence, portfolio management and internal hiring is starting to deliver notable results.

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Glasswing Ventures: Driving DEI adoption in venture capital


Glasswing Ventures highlights its approach to engaging in and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion activities within its firm and portfolio companies.

Further resources