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Pantheon spearheads Initiative Climat International Asia-Pacific chapter launch

Pantheon, a global private markets investor, has led the launch of the new Asia-Pacific chapter of Initiative Climat International (iCI), a global initiative that seeks to harness the collective efforts of private market participants to address climate change and accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon global economy.

Pantheon was the second private equity firm globally to sign up to the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in 2007, while in 2021 we became signatories of both iCI and the Task Force for Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

Jie Gong, Pantheon Partner and Co-Chair of its ESG Committee, will chair the Asia-Pacific chapter of the iCI. Gong was previously a global committee member of PRI’s Private Equity Advisory Committee. She also founded and chairs the ESG Committee of the Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association, of which she is Vice Chair.

The launch of iCI’s Asia-Pacific chapter was further supported by Eimear Palmer, who joined Pantheon during August as Partner and the firm’s first Global Head of ESG. Eimear has long been a supporter of and active participant in iCI, having previously co-founded the initiative’s UK network. More recently she served as Co-Chair of the iCI Carbon Footprint Working Group, which partnered with ERM earlier in 2022 to develop and release the first standard for greenhouse gas disclosure across private markets.

Globally, iCI now has 206 members managing over $3 trillion in assets. The initiative is supported by the PRI and is a supporting partner of The Investor Agenda.

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