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ESG Investor

Integrate ESG into investor analysis throughout the investment life cycle to stay ahead of new investment opportunities.

ESG: A critical investment factor

ESG has become a critical factor for investors globally and in Belgium. As regulators around the world continue to receive input from investors and move toward adopting ESG investing standards in their own jurisdictions, the debate is shifting from whether ESG investing is a niche to how investment managers should respond.

At their current growth rate, ESG-mandated assets (defined here as professionally managed assets in which ESG issues are considered in selecting investments or shareholder resolutions are filed on ESG issues at publicly traded companies) are on track to represent half of all professionally managed assets globally by 2024.

Despite this, only half of financial buyers are considering ESG factors. With extensive investment experience, our specialists will assist you in integrating ESG into investment analysis. Through ESG due diligence, our expert team will help you to quantify ESG risks and opportunities in order to create growth, gain a competitive advantage, and access affordable capital.

Creating value through ESG

A strong ESG proposition links to value creation in five essential ways:

  • Top-line growth
  • Cost reductions
  • Regulatory and legal interventions
  • Productivity uplift
  • Investment and asset optimisation

Investing in sustainable products can develop strong relationships with employees, customers, community and government alike. With this comes increased employee and customer retention, improved productivity, better access to resources and greater social credibility. Through investment and asset optimisation, investors can enhance returns by allocating capital for the long-term and avoiding investments rendered unprofitable by longer-term environmental issues.


  • Build ESG governance at investment and portfolio-company level
  • Ensure compliance with prohibited investment lists
  • Develop ESG policies to address material non-financial issues
  • Analyse company specific ESG risk factors and opportunities, including e-reputational due diligence
  • Evaluate the investment and target company’s ESG policy alignment, benchmarking the policy maturity and assessing whether additional investment is required

Deal execution

  • Perform ESG due diligence (buy side)
  • Develop ESG action plans to address risks and seize opportunities
  • Support the integration of ESG factors into valuations and sale and purchase agreements

Value creation

  • Drive ESG-based value protection and creation by embedding ESG principles into the value chain, across suppliers, products and services
  • Support proactive engagement with investors and stakeholders
  • Work with board and management to implement the ESG action plan
  • Track ESG initiatives, development and impact by defining non-financial KPIs


  • Review and report on progress of the ESG action plan
  • Perform ESG due diligence (sell side)
  • Articulate valuation contribution of ESG achievements and positioning
  • Exit readiness and risks, identifying ESG implications on the deal story, and potential investment or cost risks