Principles for Responsible Investment

The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Reporting Framework is a key step in the journey towards building a common language and industry standard for reporting responsible investment (RI) activities. Its primary objective is to enable signatory transparency on RI activities and facilitate dialogue between investors and their clients, beneficiaries and other stakeholders.

As a PRI signatory since 2008, BlackRock has committed to the annual effort of upholding all six PRI principles.

1. We will incorporate ESG issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes.
2. We will be active owners and incorporate ESG issues into our ownership policies and practices.
3. We will seek appropriate disclosure on ESG issues by the entities in which we invest.
4. We will promote acceptance and implementation of the Principles within the investment industry.
5. We will work together to enhance our effectiveness in implementing the Principles.
6. We will each report on our activities and progress towards implementing the Principles.

In 2020, BlackRock achieved an A or A+ score across all categories and met or exceeded the median score for investment managers and earned the most A+ scores in firm history.

2020 Highlights

  • BlackRock earned an A+ Strategy & Governance score, reflecting the strength of our overall sustainable investing and ESG integration programs. The median score for large asset managers was A.
  • BlackRock Investment Stewardship (BIS) earned an A+ for Listed Equity Active Ownership. This stands out from the median score of B for large asset managers.
  • Every BlackRock direct investment practice area improved its score with A+ earned in equities, fixed income, private equity, property, and infrastructure. BlackRock investment teams have dedicated significant resources in recent years to integrate ESG into investment practices and communicate their efforts clearly.
  • BlackRock continues to increase transparency and report on new practice areas. In 2020 we reported our infrastructure solutions activities for the first time and received an A+.

Below is BlackRock’s 2020 PRI assessment report card and for key highlights in our submission, read our RI Transparency Report.

Full report.

2019 BLK Score 2020 BLK Score 2020 Median
Strategy & Governance A+ A+ A
Managed by BlackRock Listed Equity Incorporation A A+ A
Listed Equity Active Ownership A+ A+ B
Fixed Income SSA A A+ B
Fixed Income Corporate Financial A A+ B
Fixed Income Corporate Non-Financial A A+ B
Fixed Income Securitized B A B
Private Equity A A+ A
Property A A+ B
Infrastructure A A+ A
Advisory Listed Equity A A A
Fixed Income SSA A A B
Fixed Income Corporate Financial A A A
Fixed Income Corporate Non-Financial A A A
Fixed Income Securitized A A A
Private Equity A A+ A
Infrastructure A+ A

Where we stand

Corporate sustainability
Corporate sustainability
We put an unwavering focus on long-term sustainability and ensure it's embedded across our entire business.

Investment stewardship
Investment stewardship
We engage with companies to inform our voting and promote sound corporate governance that is consistent with sustainable, long-term value creation.
ESG integration
ESG integration
We are commited to integrate ESG information into our investment processes.