PE can drive sustainable investment because as an asset class it gives the investor more ability to target businesses that deliver positive impact. PE fund managers have a focused hands-on active management style, and a greater ability to work with and develop the management teams of the companies in their portfolio.
They have a long term horizon for their shareholding, and they manage for long term sustainable value which builds trust between manager and investor.
Investors looking for a long term relationship built on responsibility and trust with their fund managers should seek those offering ESG integration. Sustainable investing offers a winning
combination of profit and purpose.
Jim Totty and Richard Burrett are partners at Earth Capital