In recent years, social and environmental challenges have pushed the business world to envision value as more than purely financial. Investment decisions now regularly factor in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) effects. But as ESG has become an established feature of the investment landscape, it’s also been shaped by pressures from all sides; political polarization, energy and industrials performance, and data and greenwashing concerns have put a damper on some investors’ initial enthusiasm.
However, ESG isn’t going anywhere. Demand from European investors for green investments and the proliferation of ESG in due diligence and request for proposals (RFPs) have made it clear that private equity investors seeking to access capital will need to continue to weigh it in their decisions. Private equity is positioning itself with impact funds.
Getting the most from ESG
Private equity firms that know how to measure, assess, and manage ESG objectives throughout the deal lifecycle and within portfolio companies can reap tangible rewards including environmental and social impact, positive outcomes for clients and investors, increased investor satisfaction, and improved investment performance.
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