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Follow the PRI to get an insight into the world of responsible investment, with investor perspectives and discussion on a range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) topics. For any queries or suggestions, please contact ben.pincombe@unpri.org

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Follow the PRI to get an insight into the world of responsible investment, with investor perspectives and discussion on a range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) topics. For any queries or suggestions, please contact ben.pincombe@unpri.org

    How private equity investors can help tackle modern slavery

    How private equity investors can help tackle modern slavery

    In the last episode in our series of modern slavery podcasts, the PRI's Head of Social Issues, Bettina Reinboth speaks with Anders Stromblad, Head of Alternative Investments and External Management at AP2.
    There are currently 40.3 million people in modern slavery today.
    To bring this number close to zero by 2030, and reach the Sustainable Development Goal target 8.7, we would need to reduce the number of individuals affected by 10,000 a day.   
    The risks of modern slavery are increasing due to changes such as climate change, automation and migration, as they disrupt global labour markets and value chains.  
    In this episode, Bettina and Anders discuss how AP2 is addressing modern slavery and human trafficking across its investments, and what private equity investors can do to tackle the issue.
    Interested in the resources discussed in this podcast?
    Blueprint for Mobilizing Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking: https://www.unpri.org/social-issues/a-blueprint-for-mobilizing-finance-against-slavery-and-trafficking/5156.article
     

    • 15 min
    How institutional investors can promote responsible tax behaviour

    How institutional investors can promote responsible tax behaviour

    Tax avoidance is a systemic issue for investors. It can not only have adverse impacts on the profitability and sustainability of investee companies, but it can also affect overall portfolio returns and overall macroeconomic conditions.
    In this episode of the PRI podcast, join Vaishnavi Ravishankar of the PRI and Edward Mason of the Church Commissioners for England as they discuss how investors can work on promoting corporate tax responsibility.
    Interested in the resources discussed in this podcast?
    Collaborative engagement on tax transparency: https://www.unpri.org/governance-issues/pri-collaborative-engagement-on-tax-transparency-outcomes-report/5541.article

    • 14 min
    Fiona Reynolds, PRI CEO, in conversation with…Nigel Topping, COP26 High-Level Climate Action Champion

    Fiona Reynolds, PRI CEO, in conversation with…Nigel Topping, COP26 High-Level Climate Action Champion

    In this episode of the PRI podcast, the PRI's CEO Fiona Reynolds is joined by Nigel Topping, the COP26 High-Level Climate Action Champion.
    The UK will host COP26 in Glasgow in November against a backdrop of urgency; we need to reduce emissions by 50% within the next ten years to stand any chance of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees. 2020 must be the year of action – and the 2020s the decade of action.
    Fiona and Nigel discuss the critical role of non-state actors – in particular investors – in achieving this, and making COP26 a success.
    Interested in the resources discussed in this podcast?
    Inevitable Policy Response: https://www.unpri.org/inevitable-policy-response/what-is-the-inevitable-policy-response/4787.article Climate Action 100+: http://www.climateaction100.org/ UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance: https://www.unpri.org/climate-change/un-convened-net-zero-asset-owner-alliance/5370.article The Investor Agenda: https://theinvestoragenda.org/ Climate change and the just transition: a guide for investor action: https://www.unpri.org/academic-research/climate-change-and-the-just-transition-a-guide-for-investor-action/3202.article

    • 30 min
    Human rights and renewable energy companies: what role can investors play?

    Human rights and renewable energy companies: what role can investors play?

    In this episode of the PRI podcast, the PRI's Nabylah Abo Dehman is joined by Steven Heim, Managing Director, Boston Common Asset Management, and Annie Signorelli, Project Manager for Renewable Energy and Human Rights at the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre.  
    It is crucial that the transition to a net-zero economy happens fast. But the transition must be both fair and inclusive for workers and communities. As such, renewable energy companies should be expected to create decent jobs and respect the rights of communities around their operations.
    Nabylah, Steven and Annie discuss, among other issues:
    The main human rights risks associated with renewable energy companies How investors can play a role in ensuring that renewable energy companies can integrate human rights due diligence into their operations Recommendations for investors to ensure both climate and renewable energy investments respect human rights   What implications the risks associated with renewable energy companies can have on the transition to a low-carbon economy Interested in the resources discussed in this episode? Find out more: 
    Renewable Energy and Human Rights Benchmark Methodology: https://www.business-humanrights.org/en/renewable-energy-human-rights-benchmark-methodology
    The Equator Principles: https://equator-principles.com/
    Renewable energy investor briefing: Managing risks & responsibilities for impacts on local communities https://www.business-humanrights.org/en/renewable-energy-investor-briefing-managing-risks-responsibilities-for-impacts-on-local-communities
    Fast and fair renewable energy: A practical guide for investors https://www.business-humanrights.org/en/fast-fair-renewable-energy-a-practical-guide-for-investors
    First People Worldwide and University of Colorado questionnaire: https://www.colorado.edu/program/fpw/sites/default/files/attached-files/fpic_due_diligence_questionnaire-2.pdf
    UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/declaration-on-the-rights-of-indigenous-peoples.html
    UN Global Compact business reference guide on UN declaration: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/library/541
    RE 100: http://there100.org/
     
     

    • 22 min
    Modern slavery and development finance institutions (DFIs)

    Modern slavery and development finance institutions (DFIs)

    In this episode of the PRI podcast, the second in our series on modern slavery, the PRI’s Head of Social Issues, Bettina Reinboth, speaks with Mark Eckstein. Mark is Director of Environmental and Social Responsibility at CDC Group. He was a commissioner of the Liechtenstein Initiative, a partnership between the governments of Liechtenstein, Australia and the Netherlands, as well as Liechtenstein public-private sector actors and foundations, to put the financial sector at the heart of global efforts to end modern slavery and human trafficking.  
    Bettina and Mark discuss how to move the Liechtenstein Initiative recommendations forwards from a DFI perspective.
    Interested in the projects mentioned in this episode? Find out more:
    New private sector guidance on tackling modern slavery risks: https://www.cdcgroup.com/en/emerging-markets-investment/new-private-sector-guidance-on-tackling-modern-slavery-risks/ A Blueprint for Mobilizing Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking: https://www.unpri.org/social-issues/a-blueprint-for-mobilizing-finance-against-slavery-and-trafficking/5156.article

    • 20 min
    The PRI quarterly update ft. Lorenzo Saa, Chief Signatory Relations Officer, and Paul Chandler, Director of Stewardship

    The PRI quarterly update ft. Lorenzo Saa, Chief Signatory Relations Officer, and Paul Chandler, Director of Stewardship

    In this quarterly update podcast, the PRI’s Chief Signatory Relations Officer, Lorenzo Saa, is joined by the PRI’s Director of Stewardship, Paul Chandler. Together, they give a rundown of our key activities from the past quarter.
    Interested in the projects mentioned? Follow the links below for more information.
    Inevitable Policy Response: https://www.unpri.org/inevitable-policy-response/forecast-policy-scenario-equity-markets-impacts/5191.article
    Climate Action 100+: http://www.climateaction100.org/
    Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance: https://www.unepfi.org/net-zero-alliance/
    Active ownership 2.0: https://www.unpri.org/investor-tools/stewardship
    Active ownership 2.0 consultation: https://collaborate.unpri.org/group/2236/stream
    ESG in credit risk and ratings: https://www.unpri.org/investor-tools/fixed-income/credit-ratings
    A Blueprint for Mobilizing Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking: https://www.unpri.org/social-issues/a-blueprint-for-mobilizing-finance-against-slavery-and-trafficking/5156.article
    SDGs: https://www.unpri.org/sdgs
    EU taxonomy: https://www.unpri.org/sustainable-markets/eu-sustainable-finance-taxonomy
    Reporting Framework consultation: https://unpri.org/2020-reporting-review
    SEC letter, open until 31 January: https://collaborate.unpri.org/group/2206/stream
    Get involved with events: https://www.unpri.org/events

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