Hillary Flynn

Director of ESG, Private Investments
Boston
1160370731

Industry experience: 13 years

With Wellington: 11 years

As the director of ESG for Wellington’s private investments business, Hillary spearheads the evaluation of deals and ongoing private investments from an environmental, social, and governance (ESG) perspective. This is a nascent but growing area of focus among private companies. Hillary leads Wellington’s effort to assess ESG factors pre- and post-deal that can have a material impact on the long-term success of portfolio companies — for example, factors related to climate change, supply-chain management, and executive compensation. She leverages her extensive ESG experience and Wellington’s robust firmwide ESG capabilities, in particular, to assess and seek to remedy ESG concerns in late-stage private companies prior to potential IPOs. Through this cross-pollination of skill sets and collaboration with portfolio companies, Hillary seeks to apply ESG best practices across the firm’s private investments. She works in our Boston office.

Insights By Hillary Flynn

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The critical role of ESG in private equity
Explore our full ESG insights for private companies series with our latest research on governance, DEI, climate, and much more.
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2024-10-31
Why climate change matters
We explore why climate change matters in private markets, highlight the current regulatory landscape, and profile key questions to expect from public market investors.
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2023-08-31
Diversity, equity, and inclusion: FAQ
We answer some of our private portfolio companies’ most frequently asked questions on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
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2023-08-31
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.
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2023-07-31
A guide to ESG materiality assessments
We continue our "ESG insights for private companies" series by exploring ESG materiality assessments, including why they are important and how to conduct one for your private company.
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2023-05-31
Cybersecurity in 2022
The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has raised the profile of today’s heightened cybersecurity risks. Here, we highlight the rising cybersecurity problem, explore how it affects the private sphere, discuss key regulatory considerations, and share best practices for private companies facing these threats.
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2023-03-31
Five key ESG topics for private companies
Members of our private market ESG team highlight the topics they expect will be top of mind in the coming year, from diversity to data privacy to supply-chain issues.
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2022-12-31
2022 Alternative Investment Outlook
Our 2022 Alternative Investment Outlook looks at 5 areas of focus for the coming year and explores private equity markets and ESG opportunities.
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2022-12-31
Ten essential climate questions for private companies
We explore how climate change impacts private companies and share the top questions for companies to be prepared to address as this issue grows.
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2022-06-30
ESG in 2022: Insights for private companies
We profile why ESG factors matter in private markets, explore the diverse ESG issues private companies face across industries, highlight five key areas to prioritize, and share the essential steps private companies can take to keep up with today’s evolving ESG risks and opportunities.
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2022-11-30
Seeing an end to the ESG blind spot in private equity
ESG's role is coming into focus in the private market, says Hillary Flynn, director of ESG, Private Investments. She discusses governance, climate, and other key themes; the higher bar for newly IPO'd companies; and the evolving activist playbook.
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2022-01-31
Asking private companies to show their ESG credentials
ESG issues are a growing area of focus in the public market, but what about the private market? Our co-head of Private Investments and our director of ESG, Private Investments, argue for informed and active ownership from the initial investment until the IPO.
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2021-07-01

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