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Signing of the United Nations supported “Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Initiative”

November 1, 2015, Sophia University signs PRI Initiative as a first higher education institution in Japan

The United Nations supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Initiative is an international network organized in April 2006 advocated by Kofi Atta Annan, prior Secretary-General of the United Nations. It is an international network of investors working together to put the six Principles for Responsible Investment into practice to serve “environmental”, “social” and “governance” (ESG) responsibilities. PRI initiative also concluded the partnership with the United Nation Global Compact, UNGC which Sophia University is already a member of and the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative, UNEP FI; PRI’s global operations include about 1400 signatories (33 domestic signatories) representing over US$59 trillion in assets under management, across 50 countries.

It is believed that the appropriate consideration of ESG factors in the securities selection process will contribute to the superior medium to long term investment performance. . Also by signing PRI Initiative, we will be committing to the investment policy integrated with our principle to contribute to the global issues as well as demonstrating the principles of UNGC in our asset management. Moreover we will propel to tackle ESG issues together with other domestic and international organizations through PRI Japan network.

Six Principles
1) We will incorporate ESG issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes.
2) We will be active owners and incorporate ESG issues into our ownership policies and practices.
3) We will seek appropriate disclosure on ESG issues by the entities in which we invest.
4) We will promote acceptance and implementation of the Principles within the investment industry.
5) We will work together to enhance our effectiveness in implementing the Principles.
6) We will each report on our activities and progress towards implementing the Principles.

Link: PRI http://www.unpri.org/

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