Standard on applying Principle 8: Be Responsive

Last updated: 2022

This document sets the SVI Standard to apply Principle 8: Be Responsive. The essence of this Principle is to take action; to make decisions about social value in response to data and measurement.

Use this resource to:

  • Integrate and act: Create a structured ‘impact management approach’ that can guide decision making at strategic, tactical, and operational levels to optimise impacts on wellbeing for all materially affected stakeholder groups. This means implementing activities that are designed to maximise the extent and rate of positive changes in wellbeing, whilst also identifying and eliminating activities that result in negative changes in wellbeing as fast as possible.

Investment classification

Impact classes group investments with similar impact characteristics based on their impact performance data (or, in the case of new investments, their impact goals). They can be used to define boundaries within which comparisons of impact performance are likely to be possible and sensible. This content is now hosted by Impact Frontiers.

Use this resource to:

  • Assess: Assess the actual or expected performance of a portfolio of investments using classification.

Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Last updated: 2012

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are a set of guidelines for States and companies to prevent, address and remedy human rights abuses committed in business operations.

Use this resource to:

  • Strategy: Adopt the standards and practices with regard to business and human rights so as to achieve tangible results for affected individuals and communities, and thereby also contribute to a socially sustainable globalisation.
  • Governance: Embed the human rights policy throughout a business’ functions.
  • Identify: Understand the responsibility of enterprises to respect human rights, depending on their scale and scope.
  • Assess: Implement human rights due diligence.
  • Set Targets: Design targets based on human rights due diligence assessment.
  • Act: Learn how states and companies can prevent and address negative impacts on human rights by business.
  • Monitor: Set up continued human rights due diligence for monitoring purposes.
  • Disclose: Make publicly available human rights commitments and processes.

Global guidance on the integration of environmental, social and governance risks into insurance underwriting

Last updated: 2020

The first global guide to manage ESG risks in risk assessment and insurance underwriting. It has an initial focus on non-life insurance business—also known as property and casualty insurance business.

Use this resource to:

  • Identify: Understand the materiality of ESG risks to various lines of business and economic sectors, including characteristics which might affect the ability to assess and mitigate such risks.
  • Assess: Develop approaches to assess ESG risks in non-life insurance business transactions, particularly industrial and commercial insurance business.
  • Act: Address the growing concerns by stakeholders across society (e.g. NGOs, investors, governments).

Why and how investors should act on human rights

Last updated: 2020

This paper sets out how investors can ensure they respect human rights across all their investment activities, as defined by the UN and OECD.

Use this resource to:

  • Identify: Understand which actual and potential negative human rights outcomes investors are connected to through their investments.
  • Assess: Understand the extent to which investors are facilitating human rights harm; the extent to which they could or should have known; and the quality of any mitigating steps.

Making voting count: principle-based voting on shareholder resolutions

Last updated: 2021

The paper outlines what voting principles are, why they are needed, how voting principles can align with Active Ownership 2.0 (the PRI’s framework for more effective stewardship), and how they can be developed and applied to govern their use of voting on shareholder resolutions.

Use this resource to:

  • Act: Develop and apply high-level principles to govern voting on shareholder resolutions.

A Legal Framework for Impact

Last updated: 2021

This legal review found that while there are differences across jurisdictions and investor groups, where investing for sustainability impact approaches can be effective in achieving an investor’s financial goals, the investor will likely be required to consider using them and act accordingly.

It also provides an extensive suite of options for policymakers wishing to facilitate investing for sustainability impact, including changing investors’ legal duties and discretions, such as allowing the pursuit of sustainability goals as long as financial return goals are prioritised, and a presumption in favour of investor collaboration in tackling sustainability challenges.

Use this resource to:

  • Strategy: Understand whether the law permits, encourages, or even requires investors to manage the sustainability outcomes of their investments.

Investment mandates: Embedding ESG factors, improving sustainability outcomes

Last updated: 2021

Informed by interviews with asset owners and investment consultants, and data on industry practice, this report outlines common approaches and challenges to incorporating ESG considerations and sustainability outcomes in new or existing investment mandates.

Use this resource to:

  • Strategy: Explore how and to what extent asset owners can consider ESG factors when developing and designing investment mandates. Understand common approaches and challenges to incorporating ESG considerations and sustainability outcomes in new or existing investment mandates.

Driving meaningful data: financial materiality, sustainability performance and sustainability outcomes

Last updated: 2020

A framework that incorporates financial materiality and sustainability performance calibrated to progress on sustainability outcomes. This resource also considers sources of data needed to complete this picture across entities such as companies, governments and global institutions and activities.

Use this resource to:

  • Identify: Identify current and forward-looking information that assesses the range of sustainable risks and opportunities.
  • Assess: Assess and interpret a company’s sustainability performance and alignment in the context of long-term sustainability goals and thresholds.

Discussing divestment: Developing an approach when pursuing sustainability outcomes in listed equities

Last updated: 2022

This paper sets out how investors wanting to pursue sustainability outcomes may need to adjust how they make a divestment decision or formulate an overall approach to divestment.

Use this resource to:

  • Act: Understand how to make a divestment decision or to formulate an overall approach to divestment in order to pursue sustainability outcomes.