Our responsible investment policy

We have a clear and comprehensive Responsible Investment (‘RI’) policy which is embedded into our investment and portfolio monitoring processes. In our experience, companies with high ESG standards are typically better run, better at identifying and managing their business risks and generate better earnings growth.

The policy sets out the businesses in which 3i will not invest, as well as minimum standards in relation to ESG matters which we expect new portfolio companies to meet, or to commit to meeting, over a reasonable time period.

The policy applies to all our investments, irrespective of their country or sector.

Our RI policy has been integrated into our investment and portfolio management processes and procedures and is supported by detailed guidance notes, external advisers and dedicated internal resource.

3i commits to use its influence as an investor to promote a commitment in its investee companies to:

  • comply, as a minimum, with applicable local and international laws and regulations and, where appropriate, relevant international standards (such as the IFC Performance Standards and the ILO Fundamental Conventions), where these are more stringent than applicable laws;
  • mitigate any adverse environmental and social impacts and enhance positive effects on the environment, workers and relevant stakeholders; and
  • uphold high standards of business integrity and good corporate governance.
Our responsible investment policy


Responsible investment policy