Articles - Principles for Responsible Investment new appointment


 The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Initiative today announced the appointment of Diane Bratcher as its new network manager for the United States.

 In this newly created role, Ms. Bratcher will oversee the PRI’s signatory recruitment activities in the US, particularly among pension funds and endowments, in addition to supporting existing signatories with their implementation of the Principles.

 “We are delighted to welcome Diane Bratcher to the PRI,” said James Gifford, Executive Director of the PRI. “Her deep understanding of the US market and the relevance of responsible investment issues, combined with a strong track record working with local pension funds, will be instrumental in driving the Initiative forward in the world’s largest capital market.”

 “Today we are all global investors faced with global opportunities, challenges and risks,” Ms. Bratcher said. “Good governance of corporations and markets, responsibility to shareholders, workers and communities, and sustainable environmental and resource management are fundamental to successful investing. I look forward to working with US institutional investors and asset managers to improve stewardship, returns and risk management.”

 With 149 signatories the US network is the fastest growing PRI network globally, and complements other country networks operating in Brazil, Germany, South Africa, Korea, Japan and Australia. It will provide a platform for US signatories to share best practice on responsible investment issues as well as create opportunities for local networking, engagement and collaboration. Ms. Bratcher will be based in New York.

 Prior to joining the PRI, Ms. Bratcher was the Director of the Mayor’s Pension Unit in the New York City Department of Finance, representing the Mayor and Finance Commissioner on Boards of Trustees of the City’s major pension funds and Deferred Compensation Plan. She was chair of the Boards of the New York City Employees Retirement System (NYCERS) and Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS). Ms. Bratcher also represented the Mayor and chaired the New York City Banking Commission.

 Prior to entering City service, Ms. Bratcher was the Director of Communications & Strategic Planning for the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), an association of 250 North American religious institutional investors with combined portfolios worth over $100 billion. She is currently a member of Amnesty International USA’s Investment Committee; Vice President and Secretary of the North Fork Women for Women Fund, a New York community foundation; and a member of the Board of the Open Meadows Foundation, a family foundation, making grants globally to small and start-up projects, promoting gender, racial and economic justice.

 Ms. Bratcher attended the J.F.K. School of Government, Harvard University; the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; Westminster University School of Business (Polytechnic of Central London); and the University of Ghana, Department of Economics. She has a bachelor’s degree from The Western College (Miami University of Ohio, USA).
  

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