Sustainability

Message from the Chief Executive

A strong reputation is key to gaining and maintaining the trust of our shareholders, investors in our fund and investee companies as well as recruiting and retaining high-calibre employees. As such, sustainability and governance are key areas of focus for the Board of Directors and me.

"Our success as an investor relies on us maintaining a strong reputation for managing our business and portfolio sustainably and carrying out our activities according to high standards of conduct and behaviour."

Simon Borrows
Chief Executive
May 2018

Simon Borrows - Chief Executive

Our corporate responsibility strategy is defined by three key priorities:

1. 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 oppose all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination.

2.  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 and engaged asset owner and manager. We are rigorous in assessing and managing sustainability related risks in our portfolio. Equally, we place great value in investing in opportunities arising from the development of solutions to global sustainability challenges.

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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