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Scrutiny of newly public firms’ ESG practices is greater today than ever before. In our view, boards and management teams who proactively think about and act on these topics are strategically advantaged compared to more reactive peers.
We believe strong ESG practices for venture capital and other private companies can potentially help improve financial returns, establish stronger brands and wider competitive moats, draw a broader pool of investors post-IPO, and reduce the risk of being a target of shareholder activism.
We aim to help our portfolio company management teams and boards navigate the complex and constantly evolving ESG landscape using our deep experience and distinct perspective, from the venture capital stage all the way to an IPO. We seek to enable ESG best practices and value creation through collaborative thought partnership with our portfolio companies — we do not view ESG as punitive or “box checking.” We hope to establish a productive two-way dialogue and draw on our firm’s broad public and private equity, fixed income, and ESG expertise to offer companies an informed, long-term view and provide valuable market- and company-specific input.
Our partnership with our portfolio companies includes access to a mix of proprietary and third-party data and resources. Regardless of where our portfolio companies are in their life cycle, we believe every company can benefit from the foundational elements of our process, including:
As ESG factors become increasingly critical to private companies, especially as they approach the public markets, we look forward to partnering with our portfolio companies to try to enhance opportunities and reduce risks through early integration of ESG best practices.
To learn more about our ESG insights for private companies, read our latest research for venture capital and broader private markets on climate, governance, DEI, and more.
Governance best practices in public markets
For private companies approaching the public markets, we highlight the corporate governance best practices that can help pave strong relationships with public market investors.
Cybersecurity for private companies
We highlight today's rising cybersecurity risks, explore how they impact private companies, discuss key regulatory considerations, and share best practices for companies facing these threats.
ESG integration in public and private markets
Two ESG leaders discuss why ESG matters for investors, and how their teams help inform the investment process. They also share their priority research and engagement topics for 2023.
Human capital management for private companies
We discuss why effective people management is critical for private companies and outline four strategic focus areas that can help companies navigate evolving employee needs, regulatory changes, and investor expectations.
Five key ESG topics for private companies in 2023
Our ESG for Private Investments Team explores five critical ESG topics for private companies in the year ahead.
ESG in private markets: Insights for 2023
We highlight five key areas for private companies to prioritize in 2023 and share the essential steps they can take to keep up with today’s evolving ESG risks and opportunities.
Please see a short list of resources below. For a more comprehensive list of ESG resources or for any further questions, please contact us.