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Principles for Responsible Investment

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The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) can be defined as an initiative as well as a set of guidelines investors, who want to consider environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues as part of their investment process, can sign up to. Launched by the United Nations, the PRI had more than 1,000 signatories, representing around US $30 trillion in assets under management as of July 2012. Various initiatives around the promotion of the Principles and of Responsible Investment in general have turned the PRI into a household name in the financial industry.


In 2005, it was the United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, who launched the development of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI – for this section cf. Representatives from the world’s largest institutional investors were invited to collaborate in the development process for a set of principles designed to integrate environmental, social, and...

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Baumast, A. (2013). Principles for Responsible Investment. In: Idowu, S.O., Capaldi, N., Zu, L., Gupta, A.D. (eds) Encyclopedia of Corporate Social Responsibility. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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