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Social and Governance

July 6, 2022

With an increasing level of scrutiny on environmental, social and governance themes within the venture capital industry, leading VC firm Lakestar explains the processes they’ve put in place to ensure total transparency.

Lakestar has seen an increasing level of scrutiny on environmental, social and governance (ESG) themes within the venture capital (VC) industry. The introduction of the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) requiring mandatory reporting, the continued conversations on climate risk and the push for greater diversity amongst the workforce are just some of the topics driving the conversation on responsible investment and ESG. We will share some of the challenges we are seeing along with the initiatives we are undertaking in response.

August 11, 2021

Molly Heaney, a fifth-generation director of JM Huber, one of the largest privately-owned businesses in the United States, says her family’s set of guiding principles remain the corporation’s “North Star” in its accelerating pace of investments.

Molly Heaney, a fifth-generation director of JM Huber, one of the largest privately-owned businesses in the United States, says her family’s set of guiding principles remain the corporation’s “North Star” in its accelerating pace of investments.

Huber is a portfolio management company and a global leader in hydrocolloids, specialty chemicals and minerals and engineered woods, supplying industries such as agrochemicals, beverages, household products, oral care, paper, energy, plastics and construction.

August 5, 2021

In the space of one year, social awareness has escalated and brought the world together in dealing with the health, financial and commercial impact of Covid-19. The way businesses work has changed. How they engage with other people has changed. Their expectations of the companies with whom they choose to do business have grown and intensified.

In the space of one year, social awareness has escalated and brought the world together in dealing with the health, financial and commercial impact of Covid-19. The way businesses work has changed. How they engage with other people has changed. Their expectations of the companies with whom they choose to do business have grown and intensified.

This has energised businesses of many types to reflect on their purpose and values, their capability to deliver what really matters and to do so in a financially, environmentally and socially responsible way.

January 18, 2021

Active ownership, or proxy and engagement, has experienced a growing role in investment practices in recent years. As the light continues to shine on the importance of responsible investing and the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations, asset owners have a responsibility to better understand both the risk factors and potential return associated with the ownership of a company they invest in.

Active ownership, or proxy and engagement, has experienced a growing role in investment practices in recent years. As the light continues to shine on the importance of responsible investing and the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations, asset owners have a responsibility to better understand the risk factors and potential return associated with the ownership of a company they invest in.

January 5, 2021

Will support for environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing in the United States increase under the administration of President-elect Joe Biden? 

Will support for environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing in the United States increase under the administration of President-elect Joe Biden?

Broadly speaking, we believe the answer is yes—but we don’t expect this to lead to a sea change in ESG integration. To understand why, let’s dig under the surface a bit.

What to expect from a Biden administration

November 10, 2020

In the midst of a coronavirus pandemic, investors have been exposed to the reality that the global economy can be brought to a halt by a large-scale unpredicted event. A comparison can be drawn with climate change, now widely recognised as a large systemic risk that will affect the global economy, and one which may affect investment portfolios in ways we can’t yet fully imagine or predict.

Private markets—an opportunity to support the transition to a low-carbon and climate resilient world, whilst providing financial rewards

In the midst of a coronavirus pandemic, investors have been exposed to the reality that the global economy can be brought to a halt by a large-scale unpredicted event. A comparison can be drawn with climate change, now widely recognised as a large systemic risk that will affect the global economy, and one which may affect investment portfolios in ways we can’t yet fully imagine or predict.

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