Brown Advisory has been a signatory to the PRI (Principles for Responsible Investment) since 2014. Each year, we complete a rigorous disclosure of our sustainable investing practices as part of our obligation as a signatory, and PRI in turn provides an evaluation of our practices and rates us relative to our peers in a variety of categories.

We are pleased to share the PRI’s 2021 assessment of Brown Advisory’s sustainable investing practices; our scorecard is provided below.

Key Takeaways
  • After a long delay (results from the 2021 reporting cycle were just released in September 2022), PRI has overhauled its scoring system to help address the “grade inflation” that had occurred in the program over the years. As noted below, scores are now provided in a bell-curve driven “star” system rather than with letter grades. Notably, numerical scoring results for each advisor, versus the industry as a whole, provide a more helpful view of an asset manager’s relative strength versus peers.
  • Broadly, we feel that our scores reflect our firm’s broad-based efforts to adopt sustainable investing principles across all aspects of our business. While we hope to earn more 5-star ratings over time, we expect to have fewer of them currently, simply due to the fact that Brown Advisory has a broad mix of clients, some of whom do not wish to pursue sustainable investing. Also, since this disclosure was filed in early 2021, we have done meaningful work in areas such as proxy voting, climate strategy and fixed income ESG research, which we believe may bolster our ratings going forward in a variety of categories.

Module Name Brown Advisory 2021 Score Brown Advisory
Percentile Score
Industry Average
Investment & Stewardship Policy ★★★★ 68 60
Indirect – Manager Selecting, Appointing & Monitoring
Listed Equity - Passive ★★★★ 81 57
Listed Equity - Active ★★★★ 82 67
Fixed Income - Passive ★★★★ 79 43
Fixed Income - Active ★★★★ 80 57
Private Equity ★★★★ 76 63
Real Estate ★★★★ 76 62
Infrastructure ★★★★ 75 71
Hedge Funds ★★★★★ 92 34
Direct & Active Ownership Modules
Listed Equity - Active Fundamental - Incorporation ★★★★ 79 71
Listed Equity - Active Fundamental - Voting ★★★★ 70 54
Listed Equity - Investment Trusts - Voting ★★★★ 70 60
Listed Equity - Passive Voting ★★★ 57 57
Fixed Income - SSA (Government Issued) ★★★★ 85 50
Fixed Income - Corporate ★★★★ 84 62
Fixed Income - Securitized ★★★★ 86 55


Source: UNPRI. Signatories report on their responsible investment activities by responding to asset-specific modules in the Reporting Framework. Each module houses a variety of indicators that address specific topics of responsible investment. Signatories’ answers are then assessed and results are compiled into an Assessment Report. Please see the end of this presentation for important disclosures.

Please feel free to get in touch with us with any questions about the PRI disclosure process or about our 2021 assessment. 






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