Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) today announced that it has become a signatory of the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), an international global network of asset managers, owners and service providers working together to put responsible investment into practice.
As a signatory, MassMutual has committed to integrate the PRI's six investment Principles - which incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors - into investment decision making and ownership practices. PRI signatories must report on their responsible investment activities annually beginning a year after joining the network. Barings LLC, MassMutual's global asset management subsidiary and the primary investment adviser for the company's General Investment Account, has been a signatory since 2014.
MassMutual, a leading life insurance company, has operated since 1851 with a singular purpose: helping people secure their future and protect the ones they love. Tim Corbett, Chief Investment Officer at MassMutual, added on joining Barings, long-time PRI signatory and primary General Investment Account manager, "We believe signing onto the PRI reinforces our current practice of incorporating ESG factors into our investment decisions and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to achieving positive ESG outcomes as well as delivering long-term value to our policyowners, employees, communities and society at large."
"We are very pleased to welcome MassMutual as a PRI signatory," said Fiona Reynolds, CEO of PRI. "The insurance sector is increasingly recognizing the importance of incorporating ESG factors in investment and ownership decisions. Addressing ESG as an enterprise creates opportunities beyond just good corporate citizenship; it allows businesses to achieve longer sustainable returns in their portfolios, ultimately benefitting customers, employees and communities."
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MassMutual is a leading mutual life insurance company that is run for the benefit of its members and participating policyowners. Founded in 1851, the company has been continually guided by one consistent purpose: we help people secure their future and protect the ones they love. With a focus on delivering long-term value, MassMutual offers a wide range of protection, accumulation, wealth management and retirement products and services. For more information, visit www.massmutual.com.
The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) is the world's leading proponent of responsible investment. It works to understand the investment implications of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and to support its international network of investor signatories in incorporating these factors into their investment and ownership decisions. The PRI acts in the long-term interests of its signatories, of the financial markets and economies in which they operate and ultimately of the environment and society as a whole. Launched in New York in 2006, the PRI has grown to more than 3,000 signatories, managing over $100 trillion AUM.