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Principles For Responsible Investment

The PRI is the world’s leading proponent of responsible investment.

  • to understand the investment implications of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors;
  • to support its international network of investor signatories in incorporating these factors into their investment and ownership decisions.

The PRI  encourages investors to use responsible investment to enhance returns and better manage risks, but does not operate for its own profit; it engages with global policymakers but is not associated with any government; it is supported by, but not part of, the United Nations.

What are the six Principles for Responsible Investment?

The six Principles for Responsible Investment offer a menu of possible actions for incorporating ESG issues into investment practice. The Principles were developed by investors, for investors. In implementing them, signatories contribute to developing a more sustainable global financial system

  • Principle 1: We will incorporate ESG issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes.
  • Principle 2: We will be active owners and incorporate ESG issues into our ownership policies and practices.
  • Principle 3: We will seek appropriate disclosure on ESG issues by the entities in which we invest.
  • Principle 4: We will promote acceptance and implementation of the Principles within the investment industry.
  • Principle 5: We will work together to enhance our effectiveness in implementing the Principles.
  • Principle 6: We will each report on our activities and progress towards implementing the Principles.

Principles for Responsible Investment Swiss Network

The PRI works with more than 3,800 signatories globally, in over 80 countries, including Switzerland.

PRI Signatories from Switzerland

  • Asset Owners
  • Service Providers
  • Investment Managers

238 signatories from Switzerland

How to Join?

Organisations can become a signatory if they fall under one of these three categories:

  • Asset owners representing the holders of long-term retirement savings, insurance and other assets. Examples include pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, foundations, endowments, insurance and reinsurance companies and other financial institutions that manage deposits. This is our principal category of signatory.
  • Investment managers managing or controlling investment funds as a third-party, serving an institutional and/or retail market. Investment managers who are still raising funds, rather than actively managing assets, can sign pre-emptively as provisional signatories.1
  • Service providers  (professional service partners) offering products or services to asset owners and/or investment manager who demonstrate a commitment to providing, developing and promoting services that support a clients’ implementation of the principles.