Corporate citizenship

Good corporate citizenship is achieved not only by having robust policies and processes in place, but also by promoting the right values and culture within our organisation.

We strive to embed responsible business practices throughout our organisation.


3i has fewer than 240 employees worldwide and has a relatively low environmental impact.

We operate from a network of seven offices across the world, with c.65% of our employees based in our London office. All our offices are leased.

We are committed to minimising our environmental impact and to improving our environmental performance wherever possible. We have an Environmental Management System that is proportionate to the operational scale and environmental risk profile of our business. We use the precautionary principle to manage environmental risk for our business and our portfolio proactively.

The environment  



We focus our charitable activities principally on the disadvantaged, on the elderly, on young people and on education.

The charities we partner with are supported on the basis of their effectiveness and impact. We also support staff giving and sponsorship through matching donations.

Our ordinary charitable giving for the year to 31 March 2021 totalled £800,000.

In addition to supporting our existing charity partners, we funded a number of Covid-19 focused donations to local charities chosen by our overseas offices during the year.

In May 2020, we set up an additional £5 million charitable fund to help alleviate the impact of Covid-19.

Charitable giving  

COVID-19 charitable fund  


The Walker Review

In 2007, in response to the growing debate about the role of private equity in the UK, the British Venture Capital Association suggested a review to examine ways in which levels of disclosure in companies backed by the UK private equity industry could be improved. 3i actively supported the review and endorsed the voluntary code which resulted from the review.

The Walker Review  

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