“ESG is in our DNA” isn’t just a cliché: How PE firms can prepare for ESG scrutiny by communicating strategically

Private equity as an asset class continues to boom, but this has brought with it added scrutiny, particularly on how firms are incorporating ESG and sustainability into their investing process. It has become a cliché to say that “ESG is in our firm’s DNA” but the PE business model lends itself particularly well to sustainable investing in a number of ways and businesses can communicate this better. In the current absence of uniform disclosure rules, firms that are transparent about their approach to ESG can stand apart in an increasingly difficult fundraising environment while setting an example in an industry that is associated with opacity.

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