Sustainability

Message from the Chief Executive

3i has built a strong reputation and track record as an investor by investing responsibly, managing its business and portfolio sustainably and by carrying out its activities according to high standards of conduct and behaviour. This has allowed us to earn the trust of our shareholders, other investors and investee companies, and to recruit and develop employees who share our values and ambitions for the future. We have achieved this through a relentless focus on upholding the highest levels of governance, both at 3i itself and in our investee companies.

Maintaining a strong reputation requires us to adopt a transparent approach to corporate reporting, including on our progress on driving the sustainability agenda through our operations and portfolio. We are committed to communicating in a clear, open and comprehensive manner and to maintaining an open dialogue with stakeholders.

Our Sustainability report 2020 is important in ensuring that transparency. It should be read in conjunction with our 2020 Annual report, which also contains our TCFD disclosures.

"We invest with the objective of generating attractive returns through the cycle for our shareholders and other investors. We aim to achieve this objective sustainably by behaving responsibly as an investor, an employer and as an international corporate citizen."

Simon Borrows
Chief Executive
May 2020

Simon Borrows - Chief Executive

Our sustainability strategy is defined by three key priorities:

1. Invest responsibly


We believe that a responsible approach to investment will add value to our portfolio. Our Responsible Investment policy is embedded within our investment and portfolio management processes. It informs our investment decisions and our behaviours as a responsible manager of our assets. We are rigorous in assessing and managing sustainability-related risks in our portfolio. Equally, we are keen to invest in opportunities arising from the development of solutions to global sustainability challenges and to contribute to making the world more sustainable. We make a limited number of investments each year, allowing us to be very selective in our approach to new investment.

2. Recruit and develop a diverse pool of talent

Our people are our main asset and recruiting, retaining and developing our talent is one of our most important priorities. We promote an open communication culture and provide an inclusive and supportive working environment with opportunities for training and career development. We value diversity and our employees are recruited, promoted and rewarded on the basis of merit, ability and performance. We are an equal opportunities employer and prohibit all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination.

3. Act as a good corporate citizen

We strive to embed responsible business practices throughout our organisation. We do this by having robust policies and processes in place and by promoting the right culture among our staff. We expect our employees to act with integrity, to be accountable for their behaviour, and to approach their roles with ambition, rigour and energy. All employees are evaluated annually against our values as part of our formal appraisal process.

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