Since Capital D’s formation, the sense of purpose and by ramification ESG considerations have been of primary importance for the partners of Capital D.
A strong ESG commitment
Our shared values translate into reality across our business practices and we strive to have a positive impact against the Sustainable Development Goals defined by the United Nations.
We embed ESG best practices throughout our investment cycle and processes. Our ESG scorecard helps us screen all investment opportunities and we systematically help our portfolio companies identify and act on ESG improvement opportunities.
We integrate ESG into our relations with our investors and other stakeholders. We report on a quarterly basis on our ESG initiatives and sustainability impact, which we also synthesize in a comprehensive ESG & Sustainability Annual Report.
We adopt and implement ESG best practices and guidelines from leading institutions
From inception, capital D have been a PRI signatory. We report to and are assessed by PRI on an annual basis. Our PRI assessment evidences our strong ESG practices and we have achieved once again the highest possible scores in their ESG ratings, i.e. A+ on both Strategy & Governance and on Private Equity practices.
We also follow guidelines and recommendations from Invest Europe and adhere to their professional standard and Code of Conduct. This Code of Conduct shapes the principles of ethical behaviour and trust which govern the relationships between private equity managers, their investors and portfolio companies.
We actively lead or support initiatives for a better planet
Capital D pledged 1% For The Planet, an international organisation whose members contribute 1% of their annual sales to environmental causes. We support specifically two NGOs:
- We not only measure and reduce Capital D’s carbon footprint, but also offset it by supporting WeForest. Over 3,000 trees will be planted in Brazil with our 2019 contribution, resulting in the absorption of approx. 500 tons of CO2 over 30 years.
- We also back ClientEarth, the leading not-for-profit environmental law organisation. They are a team of 150 lawyers and environmental experts who use the power of the law to protect life on earth.
Finally, we encourage our portfolio companies to engage in such initiatives and we contribute to the development of best ESG practices by organising or participating in external events.