Brown Advisory has been a signatory to the PRI (Principles for Responsible Investment) since 2014, and each year, we complete a rigorous disclosure of our sustainable investing practices as part of our obligation as a signatory. PRI is the nexus for a massive, global network of asset owners and investment managers—its 2,350+ signatories as of June 30, 2019 represent more than $86 trillion of invested assets. While the PRI is not a ratings agency, PRI disclosures and the organization’s assessment of those disclosures are widely followed by investment decision-makers around the world.
We are pleased to share the PRI’s 2019 assessment of Brown Advisory’s sustainable investing practices; our scorecard is provided below. Across multiple asset classes, and with regard to our direct management of securities portfolios as well as our selection and monitoring of third-party managers, we received “A” scores in nearly every category. We are especially gratified by the A+ score (the highest attainable) we received in the Strategy and Governance category; we see this as a strong external validation of our firm’s and our senior leadership’s commitment to sustainable investing.
The PRI disclosure process was designed purposefully to encourage progress by revealing best practices to signatories; the process provides invaluable guidance to us every year on additional steps we can take as a firm. We look forward to follow-up consultation with PRI staff in the coming months, to identify opportunities to further enhance our solutions for clients.
Please feel free to get in touch with us with any questions about the PRI disclosure process or about our 2019 assessment.
2019 PRI Assessment Report for Brown Advisory: Summary Scorecard
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UNPRI is an independent organization that oversees a global disclosure process for its more than 2350 member organizations (primarily investment firms and asset owners that are referred to as PRI “signatories”). Every year, signatories complete a detailed questionnaire with information about their sustainable investment practices in manager selection, securities research, engagement with shareholders, proxy voting and other areas. Each answer is awarded 0,1,2 or 3 points by PRI’s assessment team based on key activities or practices that PRI deems favorable, and the sum total of points awarded within each section of the report determines the recipient’s letter grade (from A+ on the high end to E on the low end) for that section. Letter grades are based on absolute point totals, and are not based on a distribution curve.