Facilitating education

Objective 4

Facilitate collaboration between academics and investors and use our knowledge to educate

We bring investors and academics together by sponsoring practitioner-focused research and bringing the best insights from academic research to investors.


We commissioned two projects from our calls for research on the factors for success in corporate engagement:

  • Inclusive capitalism: the impact of global shareholder engagements.
  • How institutional investors' collective engagement on ESG issues create value for investors and corporations: a configurational analysis.

The findings will be presented at PRI in Person in Berlin.


We also supported research through our calls for papers on:

  • working to achieve a sustainable financial system;
  • ESG integration;
  • the role of responsible investment in meeting today’s investment challenges;
  • ESG engagement.

Award categories are most outstanding research – qualitative; most outstanding research – quantitative; and best student paper.

Linking social issues to investor action

Findings from a series of roundtables and a discussion paper launched with the Initiative for Responsible Investment at the Harvard Kennedy School will inform an investor guide on how investors can respond to economic inequality. It will discuss:

  • impact on economic growth;
  • efforts to mitigate inequality;
  • financialisation;
  • the role of investors in policy discussions.

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We presented a discussion paper which summarised a research initiative exploring financial risks and investment materiality linked to human rights.


Connecting academics and investors

To link academics with investors we:

Will hold the Academic Network Conference alongside PRI in Person in Berlin this September. In collaboration with the University of Hamburg and sponsored by Union Investments, the ninth conference will focus on the latest responsible investment research. Through networking opportunities, we will link over 2,000 academics, investors and policy makers from around the world.

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Have published new editions of our academic research magazine, RI Quarterly. It distils key findings from academic research for investors into bite-size chunks. Among other topics, this year we analysed COP22; how ESG investing can affect financial performance; and the future of fintech.

Economic inequality is the financial equivalent of high blood pressure: it affects the whole body and suggests problems elsewhere.

RI Quarterly - issue #10

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RI training on demand

The PRI Academy provides CFA-accredited online training on how ESG issues impact company performance, shareholder value and investment decisions. Training is completely web-based, meaning students can start and finish at their own convenience.

PRI Academy

On the up

It has been an incredibly successful year for the Academy. Now in its third year, we enrolled 724 students between 2016/17 – nearly a 25% increase on 2015/16.

We continue to go from strength to strength in other ways too. Student satisfaction scores have reached an all-time high of 94%, up ten percentage points from 2014/15.  

In addition to this, 85% of Academy users said they would purchase another product from us and 76% said they would recommend us to a friend. This is commensurate with the sustained growth we have seen in the past three years.



2016/17: 724

Against a KPI target of 500

Satisfaction scores over the years

2016/17: 94%
2015/16: 86%
2014/15: 84%

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