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.

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

Simon Borrows
Chief Executive
May 2019

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 prohibit 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 steward 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. We make a limited number of investments each year, allowing us to be very selective in our approach to new investment.

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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