While many of the businesses in which we invest face diverse sustainability challenges or opportunities, just as they face diverse operational or financial issues, some issues do span multiple sectors. When there are common issues, we see a particular opportunity to build “communities of best practice” on shared challenges and to learn from the expertise within our own portfolio.
Believing that we have a differentiated ability to help our private equity portfolio companies pursue ESG-related goals, we created a number of proactive ESG programs to share resources to address common challenges. Working alongside our internal and external partners, we focus on producing results through financial, environmental, and social impact, or risk mitigation.
The needs of companies in our portfolio have continued to change with the world around them. The support we provide has evolved to reflect this fact as well as the dynamic nature of the companies that make up our portfolio. In late 2016, we began evaluating how to enhance our proactive ESG programs to better support sustainable innovation. We will continue to offer companies access to a range of best practices, trusted experts, tested resources, and a nuanced understanding of the issues that are most relevant to them.
We work to deliver practical and effective resources to help our portfolio companies achieve meaningful results and long-term benefits through value creation programs, which include the six identified below. As we move forward, we aim to ensure our model of engagement on sustainability issues remains flexible, constructive, and relevant. Our offerings will continue to adapt with the challenging environment in which our businesses operate.