Corporate sustainability and futureproofing our companies
Societal challenges and trends form foundation of our platform organisation and investment approach.
Companies that offer sustainable solutions to societal challenges such as climate change or an ageing population undoubtedly have a solid starting point.
ESG at Gimv in a nutshell
Gimv’s ESG strategy has two pillars.
- Gimv as a responsible company: relates to Gimv as a company. It includes Gimv’s direct ecological footprint, Gimv’s role as a responsible employer, and the extent to which Gimv applies the principles of corporate governance and business ethics.
- Gimv as a responsible investor: relates to how Gimv integrates ESG in the different stages of its investment process.
All components of both pillars dovetail seamlessly with the reference framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. And as of April 1st, 2021, Gimv officially became a signatory to the UN-Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).
Would you like to know more about our ESG approach? Welcome to consult our Responsible Investing Policy.
ESG in practice: examples in portfolio companies
In the context of Gimv’s ambition to establish an active dialogue and interaction with ESG rating agencies, Gimv has conducted in 2021 for the first time an extensive rating exercise together with Sustainalytics, which resulted ultimately in an ESG rating for Gimv of 11.1 representing a bottom range low ESG risk. Want to find out more? Please read the Sustainalytics Summary ESG Risk Rating Report.
Gimv is proud to have been identified as an Industry and Regional top ESG performer out of more than 4,000 comprehensive companies globally covered by Sustainalytics..
Sustainable finance framework: including sustainability in the funding of Gimv
In February 2021, Gimv developed the Gimv Sustainable Finance Framework under which Gimv can issue sustainable finance instruments allowing Gimv to match its funding with its strategy as a sustainable private equity investor. The alignment of the framework with the ICMA 2018 Green Bond Principles, the 2020 Social Bond Principles, the 2018 Sustainability Bond Guidelines and the LMA 2020 Green Loan Principles was validated by Sustainalytics via the issue of a second party opinion.
A client's perspective
Gimv was interviewed by Linklaters following its recent inaugural sustainable bond issue and how sustainability is affecting PE in general.
Coordination of Gimv’s ESG approach is entrusted to the Gimv Compliance & ESG Office, which is best placed to facilitate maximum interaction between all actors, both inside and outside Gimv, and to ensure appropriate accountability.