Sustainable Private Equity

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The growing climate imperative

Addressing climate concerns has become an expectation for private equity (PE) firms and their portfolio companies along their journey for sustainable private equity. With climate change developing into a mainstream issue, PE firms are subject to increasingly stringent investor and regulatory requirements, such as the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulations (SFDR), Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) guidelines, and the Data Convergence Initiative. In addition, managers that view the climate agenda as a strategic imperative, rather than simply compliance, can build strategies that enhance long-term financial returns.

Leading General Partners are raising the bar by committing to science-based targets and working to lower emissions while Limited Partners are making bold Net Zero commitments and are seeking to invest with managers that are proactively managing the private equity ESG issue set.

Portfolio companies are simultaneously experiencing increased expectations from customers and consumers, while capital sources are also favouring portfolio companies with differentiated climate performance to reduce ESG risk exposure.

Strong climate programs must be underpinned by robust greenhouse gas data and seek to exploit decarbonisation opportunities while simultaneously mitigating climate risk. Anthesis can help you and your portfolio companies protect and create value as the climate—and society’s response—shifts rapidly.

SBTi for ESG Private Equity
Anthesis is proud to have supported the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi) to develop dedicated guidance for the private equity industry. Written in partnership with an expert advisory group of over 30 private equity firms, the guidance helps private equity firms set and reach science-based targets across their operations and investments to work towards sustainable private equity.

Net Zero for Private Equity 
Through the facilitation of an industry focus group of leading practitioners, Anthesis worked with IIGCC, Ceres and other PAII member organisations to write the Private Equity Component of the Net Zero Investment Framework (NZIF). The guidance establishes a robust yet practical framework for both GPs and LPs to pursue net zero, creating a unified approach for the industry. 


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