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Since the UN Human Rights Council developed Guiding Principles (UNGPs) in 2011, human rights has become increasingly important in responsible investment. Leading investors also recognise that meeting these international standards leads to better financial risk management.
Now available to download: The PRI's Human Rights reporting guidance (PDF), which summarises the human rights-relevant indicators in the 2023 Reporting Framework and how they correspond to the responsibilities outlined in the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).
As formalised by the UN and the OECD in 2011, institutional investors have a three-part responsibility to respect human rights
This guidance aims to help private markets investors adopt consistent human rights practices and make more informed investment decisions
Key points from a workshop held on 30 June 2022 where private markets industry participants discussed how to identify and assess negative human rights outcomes.
Investors in sovereign debt have less leverage on human rights issues than investors in equities or corporates. But they are not powerless. In this report, we outline three steps sovereign investors can take when considering human rights issues in their investment decisions and we propose a range of responses.
Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) have a clear basis in human rights. This is reflected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as in the International Labor Organisation (ILO) standards.
Protecting and promoting decent work is enshrined in global human rights frameworks. Decent work is also included in the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 8 - to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all.
Advance is a stewardship initiative where institutional investors work together to take action on human rights and social issues. Investors use their collective influence with companies and other decision makers to drive positive outcomes for workers, communities and society.