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Mar 30, 2020

Following the launch of the Investor Year of Action on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) at Davos, the PRI's CEO Fiona Reynolds, sat down with Dame Sally Davies, UK Special Envoy on Antimicrobial Resistance.

Together they discuss what AMR is, why it should be on everyone’s radar and critically, the role investors can play in making change happen.

This episode was recorded prior to the coronavirus outbreak in Europe. While a separate matter to AMR, Covid-19 is another issue we must act now on. 

Mar 23, 2020

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:


Mar 17, 2020

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:

Mar 9, 2020

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?

Feb 28, 2020

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:

The Equator Principles:

Renewable energy investor briefing: Managing risks & responsibilities for impacts on local communities

Fast and fair renewable energy: A practical guide for investors

First People Worldwide and University of Colorado questionnaire:

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples:

UN Global Compact business reference guide on UN declaration:

RE 100:



Feb 3, 2020

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:

Jan 30, 2020

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:

Climate Action 100+:

Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance:

Active ownership 2.0:

Active ownership 2.0 consultation:

ESG in credit risk and ratings:

A Blueprint for Mobilizing Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking:


EU taxonomy:

Reporting Framework consultation:

SEC letter, open until 31 January:

Get involved with events:

Jan 20, 2020

At the time of recording, Australia is experiencing unprecedented bush fires, with huge swathes of the country engulfed by flames.

As of 20 January, twenty-eight people have died, close to 2,000 homes have been destroyed and a billion animals have been killed. Once again, the physical and economic threats of climate change are being brought to the fore.

In this episode of the PRI podcast, the PRI's CEO Fiona Reynolds speaks to Australians working in the responsible investment space who have their own experiences of the fire:

  • Julian Poulter, Energy Transition Advisers
  • Brynn O'Brien, Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility
  • Dan Gocher, Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility
  • Andrew Whiley, Climate Bonds Initiative

They discuss how they were personally affected by the fires; and what the implications of climate crises are for investors.

Act on climate now:

Read The Inevitable Policy Response:

Join Climate Action 100+:

Jan 15, 2020

In this episode, the PRI's CEO, Fiona Reynolds, speaks with our very special guest, Ted Kennedy, Jr.

As a paediatric bone cancer survivor and amputee, Ted has been an active leader in the movement to expand opportunities for persons with disabilities. As well as a leading healthcare regulatory attorney, he is the chair of the board of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). He also advises employers on best practices and compliance with the Americans with Disability Act, as well as lectures worldwide on healthcare policy and disability law.

Ted is also involved with The Disability Equality Index, America's leading corporate benchmark tool for disability equality inclusion.

Fiona and Ted discuss why disability inclusion in the workplace is an 'S' issue for investors, and why they should look at diversity from a strategic perspective.

Want to join the PRI webinar on disability inclusion on 19 February? More information here: 

Interested in the resources discussed in this episode?

Disability Equality Index: 
Joint investor statement: 
Accenture, 'Getting to equal':