UN Principles for Responsible Investment
Responsible investment is now being applied by substantial numbers of investors globally. For example, the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) include more than 1,000 investment institutions as signatories, with total assets under management of approximately US$30 trillion, which is about 20% of the world’s capital (UNPRI, 2012). Responsible investment can apply at all levels of investment, from global institutions to each one of us as individuals.
The PRI believes that responsible investment leads to a more complete understanding of a range of material issues that should ultimately result in increased returns and lower risk. It notes the increasing evidence that ESG issues can be material to the performance of portfolios, particularly over the long term. Money Matters' clients want to make money and concur with the PRI argument and extensive academic evidence in support of the financial benefits of ESG. They also want to make a difference by voting with their money in support of better business and a better world.