With fewer than 300 employees internationally, as a company we have a relatively small footprint on many corporate responsibility issues. However, with assets under management of approximately £14 billion we recognise that our decisions as an investor potentially matter to a broad range of people.
We believe that:
- the effective assessment of environmental, social and governance matters (“ESG”) has a positive effect on the value of our investee companies and of 3i Group itself;
- compliance with local laws and regulations may not be enough to meet global expectations, deliver value and enhance our reputation and license to operate; and
- it is vital that we seek to identify all material ESG risks and opportunities through our due diligence and effectively manage them during the period of 3i’s investment.
Since 2011 we have been signatories to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment.