KKR Believes Thoughtful Transparency is essential to good business. That is why we have been working to increase the transparency of our private equity investment activities and processes – through both formal compliance with regulations and voluntary initiatives with our private equity investment partners, portfolio companies, shareholders, and the general public. We firmly believe this commitment is consistent with our values.
We have a strong focus on stakeholder relations and communications, with a team of dedicated, experienced professionals in media and investor relations, as well as government and regulatory affairs, dedicated to effective engagement with our stakeholders. Learn more about our approach to stakeholder engagement.
KKR is proud to report on our approach to and management of ESG related issues, and as such, we have published three ESG and Citizenship reports.
ESG Reporting and Materiality Assessment
Returns for our investment partners are fundamental to our success. To ensure that our responsible investment efforts are in the best interest of our business and our stakeholders, we examined our business strategy, our stakeholders’ expectations, and emerging trends regarding responsible investment to define our most material issues.
In 2010, we conducted our first materiality assessment. In 2011, we applied the Global Reporting Initiative’s Technical Protocol to our assessment and confirmed our areas of focus. The Technical Protocol is often used as best practice for defining content for sustainability reporting.
According to our assessments, our most material issue is the process by which we ensure that the consideration and management of relevant ESG risks and opportunities are integrated in the pre-investment and portfolio management phases of our investment cycles, particularly in private equity.
We also know from our materiality assessment that our transparency and engagement with stakeholders about our approach and performance continue to be of high importance as we work to enhance our efforts.
Defining Issues of Shared Priority
As a publicly traded company, KKR files reports with the SEC about our operations and financial performance. Please visit our Investor Center to view these filings.
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. LP is an SEC-registered investment adviser.
KKR Asset Management LLC is an SEC-registered investment adviser.
MCS Capital Markets LLC is a broker-dealer registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
The European Union Capital Requirements Directive sets out the regulatory framework governing the amount of capital which must be maintained by credit institutions and investment firms.
Because we believe in the importance of enhancing disclosure and transparency within the private equity industry, we have voluntarily undertaken to conform to the Guidelines for Disclosure and Transparency in Private Equity (also known as the "Walker Report") and to promote further conformity by our U.K. portfolio companies.
As a member of the Large Buy-Out group of BVK (Bundesverband Deutscher Kapitalbeteiligungsgesellschaften), KKR has substantially contributed to the creation of the BVK transparency guidelines and is applying them within KKR as well as within its portfolio companies.
KKR fully complies with the BVK transparency guidelines and aims for its German portfolio companies to do so as well, and we actively monitor this process.