20 April 2022 | Investing for sustainability impact: Changes needed in EU policy framework

By Alina Neculae, Senior Policy Analyst, EU, PRI

Emerging policies, laws and tools developed by the EU support the pursuit of sustainability impact goals. However, limits remain on investors’ ability to invest or exercise stewardship in alignment with social and environmental goals, except where their actions are financially beneficial. Moreover, investors might not be aware that the pursuit of sustainability impact goals is permitted, in some cases required, and is aligned with their fiduciary duties. Keep reading.

7 April 2022 | Reflecting on the discussion: Investing for sustainability impact in the UK

The ground-breaking report, A Legal Framework for Impact, set out to clarify how regulators in eleven jurisdictions view investing for sustainability impact. The goal was to provide concrete support for impact investors in these markets. Building on this work, the PRI hosted a webinar focusing on UK-specific findings of the report, which was commissioned by The Generation Foundation, the PRI and the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative. Keep reading.

7 April 2022 | Reflecting on the discussion: Investing for sustainability impact in Japan

In the wake of the Japanese translation of A Legal Framework for Impact, the Japan policy team of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) held a webinar in which speakers shared unique perspectives on the legal analysis it contains. Four speakers representing Kanagawa International Law Office, the Financial Services Agency, Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company and the PRI spoke at the webinar. Keep reading.

29 March 2022 | Legal Framework for Impact: The rationale for investing for sustainability impact

Investors have both a profound responsibility and a huge stake in the maintenance of a sound financial system. That stability relies upon the health of our environmental and social systems – which are currently under threat. International frameworks like the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement set out the plan to preserve and enhance those systems but the global investment sector is currently not holding up its end of the deal. We explain how our joint project is clarifying the legal responsibilities of investors to consider the sustainability impact of their decision-making and provide examples from jurisdictions around the world. Keep reading.

17 December 2021 | Legal Framework for Impact: embedding climate action in financial regulation

By Laxmi Aeshwarya Kumar, Project Specialist, UNEP FI, and Freya Bannochie, Policy Analyst, UK, PRI

The COP26 summit in Glasgow has brought the climate crisis sharply into focus. In order to deliver on the Paris Agreement, all factions of industry and society must work together to sufficiently limit global warming to 1.5°C. This year’s COP has seen a marked focus on the financial sector, with stakeholders from both the public and the private realms of finance joining the discussion. Access the full article.

29 October 2021 | Does the law support investing for sustainability impact?

By Juliane Hilf, Timothy Wilkins and David Rouch, Partners, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Following the IPCC’s ‘code red’ report, COP26 marks a crucial moment in governmental attempts to tackle climate change. In this article, we explain how our research is helping to advance legal and policy thinking around two of the UN climate summit’s four pillars – ‘mobilizing finance’ and ‘collaboration’. Access the full article.