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Our ESG Policy

Last reviewed:
December 2019

EVPE Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Policy

Our Commitment

As proud signatories of the UN PRI, we are committed to incorporating Environmental, Social and Governance factors in our decision making and in the day-to-day management of our firm and portfolio companies.

 

Our approach to responsible investment means we will seek to apply ESG criteria to each new investment, from initial screening through to due diligence and final investment decision. In addition, we are committed to the highest standards of conduct, ethics and compliance, with zero tolerance to bribery and corruption at both house and portfolio levels. We will seek to ensure proper consideration of ESG factors in each of our decision-making processes.

ESG Policy Scope

Our ESG policy applies to EVPE staff, operating partners, advisory boards and portfolio companies.

Our Mission

Our mission is to ensure appropriate incorporation of ESG factors at all levels and activities and we are committed to improving alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

We recognise that a responsible investment approach contributes to long term value creation for investors and society.

Organisational Arrangements

Our investment teams are responsible for:

  • Seeking investments that are aligned with our approach to responsible investment
  • Applying ESG due diligence on new investments
  • Communicating material findings to EVPE boards
  • Ensuring follow-up of ESG matters through their board representations
  • Setting goals for continuous ESG improvement
  • Encouraging disclosures from management teams

 

EVPE’s Compliance Manager serves as the firm’s ESG Officer, reporting to EVPE’s Partners on ESG matters.

Monitoring and Reporting

EVPE relies on secure IT systems to collect and process ESG data such as policies and KPIs, to ensure compliance and management of ESG risks.

Our quarterly reporting aims at keeping ESG matters a priority, with a view to continuously improve on ESG performance. At EVPE, we value transparency and as such are committed to publishing the results on our website on a periodical basis.

As part of our continuous improvement, we will also rely on third party specialist advisors to produce periodical reports on our investments and technologies, to communicate to our stakeholders our engagement to responsible investment and progress in these areas.

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Training

We will seek to provide periodic training to our staff and portfolio companies, with a view to improve awareness of emerging ESG issues as well as key regulations/ legislations.

Miscellaneous

This policy will be reviewed and updated as appropriate and is approved by our Advisory Companies Board.