INVESTMENT PRACTICES

The Investment Practices team produce  guides, case studies, webinars and events to inform investors how to implement the Principles into their investment practices, in a systematic way, within each asset class.

ASSET OWNER INSIGHT

Asset owners can target long-term returns by incorporating ESG factors in the portfolio and in the selection, appointment and monitoring of managers.

CURRENT PROJECTS

The team is working closely on several fronts to provide responsible investment guidance and implementation support to asset owners. 

Investment strategies - developing practical guidance for asset owners to outline how robust fact-based investment strategies are developed and formulated.

Manager selection, appointment & monitoring - working closely with the Reporting and Assessment team to develop a tool that will provide asset owners with data from the Reporting Framework on investment managers’ responsible investment performance.

Investment policy - developing with signatories practical guidance on how to review existing investment policies to include ESG considerations.

KEY RESOURCES

Aligning expectations – Guidance for asset owners guides signatories on incorporating ESG-factors into manager selection, appointment and monitoring was launched in February 2013.

It discusses:

  • setting expectations on managing ESG factors in a portfolio/fund;
  • including ESG-related expectations in RFPs, questionnaires and discussions;
  • approaches for evaluating potential and appointed managers.


How asset owners can drive responsible investment – Beliefs, strategies & mandates was published by the Policy team in March 2016. It outlines the key role asset owners play in getting ESG considerations incorporated throughout the investment chain. 

Writing a responsible investment policy - Guidance for asset owners, launched in September 2013, discusses responsible investment policy questions.  

KEY CONTACT:  Don Gerritsen


LISTED EQUITY

Responsible investment allows listed equity investors to make better informed investment decisions by integrating all material factors, including material ESG factors, into investment analysis, valuations and decisions.

CURRENT PROJECTS

Coming in 2016, the successor to the PRI's hugelly popular Integrated Analysis guide will provide insight on integrating ESG considerations across the investment value chain, catering to asset owners, investment managers and sell-side investment research providers. It will provide guidance and case studies on ESG integration across the passive to active spectrum, covering passive investments, smart beta investments, quantitative strategies and fundamental strategies.

KEY RESOURCES

The Integrated Analysis guide, published in February 2013, provides 21 case studies on integration techniques used by fundamental managers and sell-side brokers.

ESG integration case studies

KEY CONTACT:  Justin Sloggett


FIXED INCOME

ESG analysis provides fixed income investors with additional insight into issuer creditworthiness.

CURRENT PROJECTS

Alongside an array of case studies and webinars on a range of topics relating to ESG and corporate, sovereign and other forms of debt, the PRI's major fixed income project for 2016/17 is to engage credit rating agencies to promote more systematic and transparent incorporation of ESG into credit ratings and analysis. For more details, contact FI@unpri.org

KEY RESOURCES

Fixed Income Case Study Series

Written by fixed income practitioners from around the world, the PRI’s Fixed Income Case Study series highlights examples of interesting and innovative approaches to integrating ESG, negative and positive screening, thematic investment and engagement across the asset class. Sharing these examples enables investors to collectively build a concept of emerging good practice. If you would like to learn more or contribute your own case study please  review this brief.

The Impact of Energy and Climate on Sovereign Risk
BEYOND RATINGS
Screening and Engaging to Mitigate ESG Risks
FUTUREGROWTH
The Business Case for Considering ESG Dynamics in Sovereign Bonds
GLOBAL EVOLUTION
Community Development Programmes in Mexico
HSBC
ESG Risks and Opportunities in Affordable Housing Investments
BLOOMBERG
Green Bonds: Measuring Impact
KFW
ESG in UK Social Housing Investment
M&G
Corruption as an Indicator of Creditworthiness
UNION INVESTMENT
Integrating ESG Factors in Partnership with an NGO
WWF & ALLIANZ AUSTRIA
Resilience to Climate Change in the UK Water Sector
ROYAL LONDON ASSET MANAGEMENT
Education and European Government Bonds
BNP PARIBAS INVESTMENT PARTNERS
Providing Assurance for Investors Considering Credit Investments with a Social Impact
ATLANTIC ASSET MANAGEMENT
Quantifying the Impact of More Strictly Enforced Environmental Regulation
ITAÚ ASSET MANAGEMENT
Engaging with Issuers
KFW
Using the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative to Enhance Credit Ratings Assessments
EITI

KEY CONTACT:   Archie Beeching


ALTERNATIVES

PRIVATE EQUITY

Responsible investment is naturally aligned to private equity through its long-term investment horizon and stewardship-based style.

CURRENT PROJECTS 

PRI signatories that are limited partners (LPs) are required to report on their ESG incorporation practices for the three stages of selecting, appointing and monitoring their investment managers. The PRI is building tools to support these practices and create industry-consistent approaches. 

Following the launch of the LP responsible investment due diligence questionnaire in November 2015, covering ESG considerations in manager selection, the PRI is working with signatories to develop an appointment tool: guidance for LPs on how to incorporate responsible investment considerations into limited partnership agreements and/or side letters.

EVENTS

AVCJ-PRI ESG Forum, Singapore, 5 September 2016

KEY RESOURCES

Report on progress: Private equity (March 2016) provides the most reliable snapshot of responsible investment in private equity to date, based on 306 PRI signatories’ submissions to the PRI Reporting Framework on their private equity investments in 2014/5.

LP responsible investment due diligence questionnaire (also available in Word and Excel format) and How to use it (November 2015) is an adaptable list of questions that LPs can ask GPs pre-commitment to understand and evaluate how GPs integrate material ESG factors into their investment practices.

Integrating ESG in private equity: A guide for general partners (also available in French), case studies supplement (also available in Japanese) and short summary (April 2014) advises GPs to develop a framework for integrating ESG factors into their investment activities, linking this to organisational governance, structure and culture.

The integration of ESG issues in M&A transactions: Trade buyer survey results (January 2013) summarises the results of a PwC survey into trade buyers’ attitudes towards evaluating ESG risks and opportunities in their M&A activities.

Responsible investment in private equity: A guide for limited partners, 2nd edition (June 2011) helps LPs to develop their approach to responsible investment in private equity.

The IIGCC-PRI guide on climate change for private equity investors provides guidance on assessing climate change risks and opportunities in private equity investments.

KEY CONTACT :  Natasha Buckley


PROPERTY

The PRI has been working with UNEP FI’s Property Working Group (PWG) to explore how the Principles apply to property investment and management and the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) to improve reporting.

KEY RESOURCES

Sustainable real estate investment, Implementing the Paris Climate Agreement: An Action Framework (February 2016) presents investors, managers and advisers with easy to understand and apply actions in a framework that distils relevant industry material published over the past five years.

Sustainability Metrics: Translation and Impact on Property Investment and Management (executive summary, flyer) (May 2014) provides a framework for corporate real estate sustainability management (CRESM) system for property investment and management organisations.

Commercial Real Estate: Unlocking the energy efficiency retrofit investment opportunity (February 2014) outlines why and how asset owners and managers can generate profitable energy efficiency investment opportunities and proactively manage them even in cases where payback is uncertain.

KEY CONTACT:  Natasha Buckley


INFRASTRUCTURE

Responsible investment can mitigate risk in the typically long-term, project-based world of infrastructure investment. Incorporating ESG considerations into infrastructure investments can consist of including ESG clauses in RFP processes or managing ESG factors to increase exit value.

KEY RESOURCES

The case study compendium Responsible investment in infrastructure was published in March 2012.

It provides examples of how investors have incorporated ESG considerations into infrastructure investments.


HEDGE FUNDS

Though the typically short-term nature of hedge funds makes it challenging to integrate long-term responsible investment, there are many ESG considerations specific to these investment vehicles, including transparency, fund governance and manager pay and incentives.

KEY RESOURCES

A discussion paper on Responsible investment and hedge funds was published in March 2012.

It discusses how to apply the concept of responsible investment to hedge funds.


ENVIRONMENTAL & SOCIAL THEMED INvesting

Themed investing allows investors to address ESG issues by investing in specific solutions to them, such as renewable energy, waste and water management, sustainable forestry and agriculture, health products and inclusive finance.

KEY RESOURCES

Case studies: institutional investors’ environmental and social themed investments 

These case studies, published in October 2013, demonstrate how E&S themed investing can form a valuable part of an institutional investors’ approach to responsible investment. Each focuses on a particularly distinctive aspect of the investors’ process or the investments chosen.


COMMODITIES

Responsible investment in commodities allows investors to address risks such as: labour rights, human rights, land/resource rights, waste, water scarcity and pollution levels in assets, such as forests and agricultural land, and companies throughout the supply chain. Applying responsible investment to investments in commodity derivatives can address systemic issues such as volatile prices and unstable markets.

See all commodities publications, webinars and events on the Explore page.

KEY CONTACT:  Tomi Nummela


Principles for Investors in Inclusive Finance

Investors can contribute to economic development and entrepreneurial activity by investing in inclusive finance, but these investments can carry financial and reputational risks. To mitigate such risks, a group of investors launched the Principles for Investors in Inclusive Finance (PIIF) in 2011.

The PIIF are housed within the PRI. In signing the Principles, investors commit to:

1. expanding the range of financial services available to low-income people;

2. integrating client protection into all their policies and practices;

3. treating their investees fairly, with clear and balanced contracts, and dispute resolution procedures;

4. integrating ESG factors into their policies and reporting;

5. promoting transparency in all their operations;

6. pursuing balanced long-term returns that reflect the interests of clients, retail providers and end investors;

7. working together to develop common investor standards on inclusive finance.

Download the full text of the Principles for Investors in Inclusive Finance.

KEY CONTACT:  Kurt Morriesen


MEET THE INVESTMENT PRACTICES TEAM:

Kris Douma

Kris Douma

Director, Investment Practices and Reporting

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Tomi Nummela

Tomi Nummela

Associate Director, Investment Practices

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Don Gerritsen

Don Gerritsen, Senior Manager, Asset Owner Insight

Don joined the PRI in 2015. He leads PRI’s Asset Owner Insight team.

Prior to joining PRI, Don worked with the Dutch Investors Association for Sustainable Development, and with the Global Climate Change and Sustainability Services Network team at KPMG. 

Don also currently works as Guest Lecturer Stakeholder Engagement at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. His educational background is in investment management, international law and environmental sciences.


Justin Sloggett

Justin Sloggett, Manager, Listed equity and hedge funds

Justin joined the PRI in June 2014. He is responsible for listed equity and hedge funds work.

Before the PRI, Justin worked for the Co-operative Asset Management as a responsible investment analyst, where he conducted ESG research and engagement projects on companies in the industrial, energy, technology, transportation, and utilities sectors. Justin has also worked for F&C Asset Management PLC as an investment support analyst, where he worked alongside fund managers and performed middle office duties, such as performance analysis, and cash management and forecasting.

Justin graduated from the University of Nottingham with a master's degree of Mechanical Engineering and is a CFA charterholder.


Archie Beeching

Archie Beeching, Senior Manager, Fixed income and infrastructure

Archie joined the PRI in January 2012. He is responsible for fixed income and infrastructure work.

Archie has previous experience working in research and reporting roles for Australian CSR consultant Net Balance and as an ESG research and engagement specialist at Regnan. In these roles he produced reports on sustainability within corporate supply chains and the relationship between human rights and investment. Before joining the responsible investment industry, he worked in account management and business development in the IT industry.

Archie holds a master's degree of Environmental Management from the University of New South Wales and a master's degree of Spanish Literature from Edinburgh University.


Natasha Buckley

Natasha Buckley, Manager, Private equity and property

Natasha joined the PRI in August 2011. She is responsible for private equity and property work.

Before joining the responsible investment industry, Natasha held roles at UBS, the NHS and Simmons & Simmons (Paris).

Natasha has an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a BA in History from University College London.


Kurt Morriesen

Kurt Morriesen, Manager, PIIF and E&S-themed

Kurt joined the PRI in August 2015. He is responsible for work on environmental & social themed investments projects and works with the Principles for Investors in Inclusive Finance (PIIF).

Prior to joining the PRI, Kurt worked for Eunomix, assisting mining companies in Southern Africa in redesigning corporate and sustainability strategies. He previously worked with the World Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) on advisory and investment projects focusing on impact investing and public-private partnerships (PPPs).

Kurt holds an MBA from Hult International Business School, a master's degree in local development from Spain, a certificate on negotiations from Harvard University, a programme on public management from Argentina, and a bachelor's degree in Law from Brazil.


Naina Calland-Scoble

Naina Calland-Scoble, Project Manager, Fixed income and listed equity

Naina joined the PRI in May 2015. She supports fixed income and listed equity projects.

Prior to joining the PRI, Naina worked at Ethical Investment Research Services (EIRIS) as a research analyst. Her work included assessing aerospace and defence, tobacco, beverage and utilities companies on their ESG performance, developing ESG methodology, company engagement and monitoring M&A activities. She also oversaw EIRIS’s human rights research and projects as human rights lead. Naina has previously worked with various human rights organisations in the Palestinian territories, and the NATO liaison office in Ukraine.

She holds a BA in War Studies from King’s College London.


Hilkka Komulainen

Hilkka Komulainen, Project Manager, Alternatives

Hilkka Komulainen joined the PRI in March 2016. She supports environmental & social themed investments projects and private equity work.

Prior to joining the PRI, Hilkka was a policy analyst at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), on topics including investment policy, responsible business and supply chain due diligence, climate change and infrastructure. She was previously a management consultant in the financial services and energy sectors in France, and worked at United Nations agencies in Denmark and Lebanon.

Hilkka has an MA in International Relations from the University of Edinburgh and a Masters in International Public Management from the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po Paris.