Media information about the Principles

“The PRI have helped drive the integration of environmental, social and governance considerations into investor decision-making. It is now time for the banking sector to step up in both assessing the risks they are exposed to, and the impacts of their financing activities in realising the Sustainable Development Goals”.

~ Martin Skancke, Association Board director Chair of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

Videos from the launch

The Principles were launched for public consultation at the UNEP FI Global Roundtable in Paris on 26 November, 2018.

  • Aligning banking with society’s goals
    Simone Dettling, Banking Team Lead at UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) introduces and launches the global consultation for the Principles for Responsible Banking.
  • The role of banking in achieving society’s goals
    Elliott Harris, Chief Economist of the UN and Martin Skancke, Chair of PRI sit down with Brandee McHale, Director of Corporate Citizenship at Citi to discuss the role of banking in achieving society’s goals.
  • “Transforming banking” CEO panel
    Ten global banking CEOs discuss the banking industry’s role and responsibilities in aligning financing with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement on Climate Change to help shape a sustainable future.

Press releases

Press release announcing the first 17 Endorsers of the Principles for Responsible Banking, who join the 28 Founding Banks, 18 December 2018

Press release from the launch of the draft Principles for Responsible Banking, 26 November 2018

Press release announcing commitment to create the Principles, 29 May 2018

Press coverage


View or download our publication and infographics about the Principles for Responsible Banking.


Founding banks, UNEP FI and our partners will all be holding information events where you can hear in person about the Principles for Responsible Banking:

More information about these and other events will be added soon.

Video testimonials

Several of the CEOs of our founding banks as well as Christiana Figueres, Convenor of Mission 2020 and Priya Mathur, CalPERS Board President have recorded videos of support for the Principles for Responsible Banking.

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If you would like further information about the Principles or how you can contribute, please get in touch.