Founder departs PRI

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James Gifford, the founding executive director of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), will leave the organisation after seven years to pursue other opportunities. 

Gifford has been the executive director since the principles were launched by then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Prior to its inception, he worked for the UNEP Finance Initiative, and with the UN Global Compact between 2003 and 2006 to develop the initiative. 

The organisation now has over 1200 global signatories and trillions of dollars tied to the principles. 

“In the decade I’ve been working on this initiative, responsible investment has grown dramatically and I believe the PRI has played an important role in that growth, and will continue to do so,” Gifford said.  

“With the PRI now established as a global institution with a strong leadership team, it is well placed to go from strength to strength. It is now time for me to take on the next big challenge.” 

At the end of last month, Helen Winch joined PRI as its director of policy and research to develop and implement its newly formed policy and research stream. Winch is also head of policy at BT Pension Scheme Management.

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