Principles for Responsible Investment releases new framework for signatories to take action on the Sustainable Development Goals

World’s leading proponent of responsible investment releases report with five-part framework for investors to help achieve SDGs

LONDON – Today, the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment released a new report on Investing with SDG Outcomes providing signatories, including investors representing $100 trillion in assets under management, with a new high-level framework of investor actions to shape outcomes in line with the UN’s SDGs.

The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) report lays out how investors shape both positive and negative outcomes of pressing global issues such as human rights abuses, climate change and social inequality. The report argues that investors can look beyond financially material environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, and consider taking on societal and environmental issues on a systemic level as part of their investment strategies, and wider collaborative actions, to support achievement of the SDGs by 2030.

Even before the incredible market shocks precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the investment world had been committing to actionable steps to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals,” said PRI CEO Fiona Reynolds. “With the release of this report, the PRI will continue to support its signatories to create mutually beneficial outcomes for their investors and key stakeholders and marks a step forward in moving investors towards greater accountability to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The framework from the PRI highlights that investors can use key levers including investment decisions, stewardship of investees, and engagement with key stakeholders to shape outcomes in line with the SDGs – and the critical role for collective action.

Junko Nakagawa, President & CEO, Nomura Asset Management Co., Ltd., a PRI signatory, commented: “It is clear that large asset managers have a crucial role to play in supporting outcomes in line with the SDGs through both investment in equities and engagement with publicly listed companies. Whilst we recognize the difficulties associated with pursuing impact through public investing for certain SDGs targets, large public companies are among the most important stakeholders for achieving success. These companies have the resources, scale and investment power to bridge the huge funding gaps, while major asset managers are uniquely positioned to engage with these companies and help to enhance their impact. Nomura Asset Management is committed to finding solutions that maximize our contribution to outcomes in line with the SDGs.