A Complete List of ESG KPIs by Industry

By: Allan Parks

Product Manager, Fund Performance & Portfolio Monitoring Solutions
June 7, 2022
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Institutional investors’ embrace of ESG KPI tracking has taken hold in the private capital space, and private equity and venture capital managers are sure to feel the shift. In fact, in a survey of LPs, Bain & Company found 93% would walk away from a GP investment due to ESG reasons. 

For some managers, ESG is a totally new ballgame. Others may be well-versed on the topic, have a defined ESG investing policy to provide during ESG due diligence reviews, and yet are still getting asked by investors for additional ESG KPIs to be tracked.  

Whether your firm is looking to improve its KPI tracking abilities or starting to track ESG KPIs for the first time, understanding what metrics filter into investors’ ESG goals is a foundational step. The next step is mastering a way to collect and report on that data. 

What are ESG KPIs? 

ESG key performance indicators, or KPIs, are trackable figures meant to help firms understand the environmental, social and governance impact of their operations. For venture capital and private equity managers, ESG KPIs are integral in understanding the ESG impact of the companies they invest in or are thinking about investing in, and thus the impact of their funds.  

ESG KPIs also provide managers and investors with an idea of what risks their investments and funds face. Investors are increasingly expecting these ESG metrics to be reported on by their GPs. Especially as investors in Europe are facing regulations such as the Taxonomy Regulation and the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR), the ability of a GP to report on ESG considerations is quickly becoming a legal essential for many large LPs. 

Top ESG KPI examples 

When thinking of ESG KPIs, a few common metrics most likely come to mind first, including: 

  • Greenhouse gas emissions – With climate change as a top issue in today’s society, greenhouse gas emissions are naturally the most considered ESG KPI. Measured in CO2e, or carbon dioxide equivalent, these gases, including carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxides, and others, become trapped within the atmosphere and are responsible for warming temperatures and adverse weather effects across the globe. For environmental as well as reputational sake, organizations should want to shrink this number as much as possible. 
  • Employee working conditions – Retail brands are often under the microscope for the labor conditions maintained for any factory work, especially as fast fashion brands continue to take hold. Here, data such as the number of injuries sustained or hours per week worked by the average factory employee can help to provide a picture of working conditions from an ESG standpoint. 
  • Workplace and leadership diversity – As the focus on DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) initiatives has grown in the last few decades, tracking metrics across an employee base is a key element of the social lens within ESG. Tracking the percentage of employees of color, female employees, and LBTQIA+ identifying employees within the company, as well as in leadership and board positions, can reveal a company’s ability to foster a successful and diverse workplace. 

However, it’s important to remember that ESG is a broad concept for which data is essential, and comprehensive ESG KPI tracking goes far beyond these commonly thought-after figures – especially when analyzing portfolio companies across many different industries. 

For example, a digital payments portfolio company and a natural gas portfolio company, being such fundamentally different businesses, can’t be compared as apples to apples and would require different weighting against different ESG KPIs. 

To get an idea of the full ESG KPI landscape by industry, download our comprehensive ESG KPI list below. 

Track ESG KPIs with Fund Performance and Portfolio Monitoring 

Allvue’s Fund Performance and Portfolio Monitoring solution provides private equity and venture capital managers with a reliable home base for tracking essential portfolio data as they make crucial investment decisions. The solution also allows managers to track dozens of ESG KPIs. If any of your preferred KPI metrics are already included in the platform, you can add your own custom metrics to the solution’s existing set.  

Check out all the KPIs our solution can track by downloading our comprehensive list of ESG KPIs by industry below.  

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