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Principles for Responsible Investment

The PRI is the world’s leading proponent of responsible

It works:

  • 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 acts in the long-term interests:

  • of its signatories;
  • of the financial markets and economies in which they operate;
  • and ultimately of the environment and society as a whole.

The PRI is truly independent. It 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.

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.
  • 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.
The Principles were developed by investors, for investors. In implementing them, signatories contribute to developing a more sustainable global financial system. They have attracted a global signatory base representing a majority of the world’s professionally managed investments.
The Global Compact Network Portugal (GCNP) is the Portuguese network of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), which brings together participants of the initiative based or operating in Portugal.

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