There are at least five dimensions along which sets of investment principles (IP) can be organised. These include:
1 The nature of the promulgating body — public or private.
2 The force of the principles — voluntary or mandatory.
3 The geographical application — global, regional or national.
4 The institutional scope — for all investors, or focused upon a particular type of institution such as banks, for example.
5 The range of issues, with all investments in developing/emerging economies at one end of the spectrum (that is, universal range), and investments in specified sectors at the other end.