Principal’s Corporate Commitment
The UN describes the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as "the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all", and we're committed to supporting this effort.
By 2035, we will reduce our U.S. carbon emissions by 40%, and by 2050, we aspire to achieve net-zero carbon emissions.
Implementation planning will be in place to align our corporate responsible investment with 7 UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2022.
Principal’s continued recognition by these industry benchmarks demonstrate its commitment to asset management and fiduciary governance, and the pursuit of positive environmental results for our clients.
Principal joined the United Nations Global Compact (January 2021)
Principal Global Investors (PGI) obtained “A+” score for Strategy & Governance and strong scores in PRI Assessment (2020) 2
Principal Real Estate earned GRESB 4-Star rating, fifth consecutive year (2020) 3
Principal Financial Group attained an eight-time CDP S&P 500 Climate Performance Leader (2020) 4
Principal Real Estate achieved 2021 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year winner for Sustained Excellence (2021) 5
Principal Global Investors Responsible Investment Journey
Building on Principal’s commitment to corporate stewardship, PGI has a history of integrating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into our investment approach.
PGI believes ESG integration can foster stronger relationships with investors and communities by aligning with their values, improving security analysis potential by providing a holistic view of factors driving risk and return, and potentially aiding investment outcomes by considering climate, regulatory, and environmental factors within client portfolios.
PGI began managing ESG-focused mandates for some of the world’s largest pension funds.
PGI became a signatory to the Principles for Responsible Investing (PRI)
PGI plans to develop and maintain:
- ESG integration capabilities
- Internal ESG rating
- ESG guiding policies
- PGI ESG Investment Council
PGI’s ESG Approach
Our multi-team approach allows each investment team to determine how to integrate ESG factors into its investment processes, based on the needs of its clients.
Our client-first focus is central to integrating ESG factors across our investment teams and asset classes, which range from equities, fixed incomes, real estate, asset allocation and alternatives.
The ESG landscape is evolving. Our flexible approach to these issues allows us to offer options that follow a repeatable investment process while supporting client values and helping them achieve their financial goals.
PGI Investment Teams
Principal Global Equities
Over two decades experience managing custom-screened and faith-based equity portfolios.
Direct integration of ESG ratings, analytics and proxy voting interfaces within proprietary Research Dashboard.
Developed internal sector-tailored Engagement Priorities and Pillars framework and Proprietary Sustainability ratings framework imbedded in our analysts’ company investment thesis templates.
Principal Global Fixed Income
In 2000s, Principal Global Fixed Income began managing fixed income ESG-related mandates.
Mandates include negative screening, controversial weapon exclusions and norms-based screening.
ESG Sustainability Policy Board was established. Enhanced reporting through Carbon Portfolio Tracking and established proprietary ESG ratings.
- Source: Principal 2020 Corporate Social Responsibility Report. For details, please refer to: https://secure02.principal.com/publicvsupply/GetFile?fm=WW1057&ty=VOP&EXT=.VOP#page=39. Information within this report is related to Principal Financial Group® unless noted otherwise. The Principal Financial Group Foundation, Inc. (the “Principal ® Foundation”) is a distinct, not-for-profit undertaking separate from the Principal Financial Group, Inc. (“Principal”).
- For further details please refer to the PRI Assessment Methodology, Principal Global Investors’ full Assessment Report and Transparency Report, all of which is available upon request.
- Source: 2020 GRESB Assessment. Data as of December 31, 2019. Rating represents top 40% worldwide performance.
- CDP Climate A list was established in 2011 and names the world's businesses leading on environmental performance. CDP is a not-for-profit charity that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts. CDP's annual A List includes 300+ companies that CDP believes are leading the way to a more sustainable future. CDP Climate A List for 2020: https://www.cdp.net/en/responses?utf8=%E2%9C%93&queries%5Bname%5D=principal+financial+group
- Awarded to Principal Real Estate Investors. For details, please refer to: https://www.energystar.gov/about/awards/2021_energy_star_award_winners
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