ESG & Responsible Investing

Sustainable investment

EU Sustainable Taxonomy could help PE groups assess efficacy of corporate ‘green’ activities

EU Sustainable Taxonomy could help PE groups assess efficacy of corporate ‘green’ activities

Private equity groups keen to bolster their ‘green’ credentials may wish to consider how they might avail of upcoming Proposed Taxonomy Regulation in Europe, as they seek to standardise, and measure, the real impact of sustainable investments in their portfolios.

NEWS

Octopus on Europe’s Green Deal: “Acting now is not an option – it is a necessity”

Octopus on Europe’s Green Deal: “Acting now is not an option – it is a necessity”

The European Commission has revealed details of its Sustainable Europe Investment Plan, suggesting a financial roadmap for reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

On 11 December 2019, the Commission presented the European Green Deal, with the ambition of becoming the first climate-neutral bloc in the world by 2050. 

Socially responsible investing

“There’s still a massive opportunity to provide capital that UK SMEs wouldn’t have access to otherwise,” says Umbra Capital’s Diquez

“There’s still a massive opportunity to provide capital that UK SMEs wouldn’t have access to otherwise,” says Umbra Capital’s Diquez

Umbra Capital, a one-year old London-based merchant bank, provided a USD20 million equity portion in a USD270 million funding round in socially responsible capital app Hastee in December.

Responsible Investing

PE investors view ESG as ‘supportive activity towards value creation’

PE investors view ESG as ‘supportive activity towards value creation’

It is becoming increasingly clear that private equity investors are training their sights on how GPs think about ESG issues. The degree to which they engage on the topic, and their approach to influencing portfolio companies, is now firmly entrenched in manager selection and it is a trend that is not likely to reverse anytime soon.