UNPRI continues growth with engagement appointment

Organisation continues recruitment drive

The $20trn (€16.2bn) United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) is continuing its recruitment drive, with the latest new role focusing on collaborative shareholder engagements with companies.
The PRI is advertising for a PRI Fellow: Investor Engagements and Public Policy, to be based in New York.
“The fellow’s primary role is to support the coordination of long-term collaborative shareholder engagements with UN Global Compact companies,” the job ad states. Other responsibilities include managing current engagements on issues such as anti-corruption, water and reporting, as well as new investor engagements with policymakers and assisting with the PRI Public Policy Network and assisting on the sustainable Stock Exchanges work stream. The new hire follows on from plans to recruit five extra staff – three senior and two junior – announced last month.
Earlier this month, the UNPRI announced the first winners of the PRI Academic Research Awards for papers of excellence on responsible investment.The awards went to:

Academic Award 1: ‘From Fiduciary Duties to Fiduciary Relationships for Socially Responsible Investment’ by Benjamin Richardson, York University

Academic Award 2: ‘Sustainability and the Dynamics of Green Building’ by Piet Eicholtz and Nils Kok of Maastricht University and John Quigley, University of California, Berkeley

Academic Award 3: ‘Portfolio diversification and ESG criteria: Must responsible investments really be poorly diversified?’ by Andreas Hoepner and David G. McMillan, University of St. Andrews

Student Award 1: ‘Social Values and Mutual Fund Clienteles’ by Rob Bauer and Paul Smeets, Maastricht University

Student Award 2: ‘Corporate Social Responsibility and the Board of Directors’ by Philipp Krüger, Toulouse School of Economics

Student Award 3: ‘What gets measured gets managed? Responsible Investment indices and responsible corporate behaviour’ by Catharina Slager, Nottingham University Business School