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As the prominence of ESG in private equity has grown, institutional investors’ embrace of ESG KPI tracking has taken hold, 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.
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.
When thinking of ESG KPIs, a few common metrics most likely come to mind first, including:
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.
Selecting and tracking ESG KPIs for your firm or portfolio companies, while also taking action to work toward your ESG goals, is a complex integration of efforts that often requires the assistance of specialized technology and the expertise of external consultants. However, when getting acquainted with your ESG challenges and how to tackle them, here are some high-level steps to guide your efforts.
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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