AGENDA 2023

Agenda 2023: Sustainability regulation will ‘continue to dominate’ industry agenda, says HarbourVest’s Buckley

Private equity investors made progress on ESG data gathering and reporting in 2022. Regulation will be a significant talking point in 2023, says HarvourVests ESG leader Natasha Buckley.

Agenda 2023: Thoma Bravo will look at human rights, says ESG head Donna Riley Bebb

Bebb is looking forward to working with the UN PRI's private equity group on issues such as human rights, and with its portfolio companies on employee engagement and diversity.

Agenda 2023: We must avoid ‘a decade of dithering’, says Carlyle’s Megan Starr

There has been too much talking in the industry and not enough doing, says Carlyle's global head of impact Megan Starr, whose firm will focus on helping portfolio companies get onto Paris-aligned pathways next year.

Agenda 2023: Ares aiming for ‘a meaningful leap forward’ on its emissions baseline, says ESG head Heltzer

Ares Global Management also plans to build its 'institutional capacity for engaging on decarbonisation', in the coming year, says Adam Heltzer.

Agenda 2023: Supplier and board diversity is a ‘high priority’, says Apollo CSO Dave Stangis

The work to streamline ESG data collection was a key development of the past year, says Apollo Global Management's chief sustainability officer.

Agenda 2023: LP-GP data collaboration has ‘laid foundation’ for future success, says AEA’s DuBois

AEA Investors' global head of ESG Heidi DuBois hails the 'game-changing' power of the ESG Data Convergence Initiative, as her firm looks forward to more work on DEI initiatives and a second year of portfolio GHG data gathering.

YEAR IN REVIEW

Year in Review: Climate action acceleration

Climate continued to dominate the private markets sustainability agenda, both in terms of ESG and impact investing.

Year in review: Natural capital takes root

Natural capital is becoming both a distinct impact strategy and an aperture through which to view an entire portfolio for risk management and value creation opportunities.

Year in review: New strategies flower in real estate impact

Affordable housing, social impact and real estate decarbonisation strategies have entered the market in 2022 as the new year will see fundraising conditions tighten.

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DEEP DIVE

How the PRI stays relevant in a changing ESG landscape

As regulation and voluntary initiatives are starting to create alignment around ESG expectations in private equity, how does the PRI maintain its allure for private equity firms?

Employee Ownership Programmes: How do they affect returns for LPs?

Employee ownership programmes, which seek to build wealth among company workers, are gaining traction in the private equity industry. Are investors losing out on upside, or benefiting from increased value creation?

10 LPs with diverse or emerging manager allocations

MassPRIM, Northwestern Mutual and LACERA are among investors that have set aside capital to invest in firms owned by women or minorities and newly established funds. Our list includes allocation sizes, investment criteria and a point of contact.

Should I sign up to the UN Global Compact?

A number of private markets firms have signed up to the principles-based initiative, including most recently Inflexion.

Why investors are choosing tailored mandates over impact fund investments

Investors are appointing GPs to deploy impact allocations through direct and co-investments – as investor demand outpaces the market of established impact funds.

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