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Responsible Investment

We strive to manage the resources entrusted to us in a way that creates and protects value for our investors and other stakeholders.

Our Commitment and Approach1

Sustainable investing2 is a key lever of KKR’s approach to value creation and value protection, and a way of doing business that we believe helps us mitigate risk and seize opportunities. How we invest, where we invest, and how we seek to support our companies are built around being fiduciaries and seeking to deliver long-term value for our clients and shareholders, and, therefore, supporting the financial well-being of the tens of millions of people that rely on us.

Our focus areas to create and protect value include:

ESG Integration

Integrating material environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations into the investment process to identify risks and opportunities, including due diligence, decision-making, and management practices, as appropriate


Working with portfolio companies to strengthen management of material ESG topics to create long-term value

Investing Behind Trends

Investing behind sustainability-related trends with macro tailwinds, such as the energy transition, circularity, and workforce development

“At KKR, we approach sustainability through the lens of our commitment and responsibility to create and protect value on behalf of clients and shareholders. This includes both where we invest capital and how we support our companies in the context of a rapidly changing world."

Scott Nuttall and Joseph Bae
Co-Chief Executive Officers

Accountability for our sustainable investing efforts extends throughout our Firm, with ultimate oversight by KKR’s senior leadership and our Board of Directors (KKR Board). KKR senior executives regularly report on these activities to the KKR Board and/or one or more of its committees to whom such responsibilities have been assigned. Our efforts are further driven forward by the dedication and collaboration of our global and regional team members to achieve strong outcomes. To learn more about governance and oversight of our efforts, see KKR’s 2022 Sustainability Report.

Our Sustainability Expertise

Our investment teams are responsible for identifying, assessing, and managing material ESG-related risks and opportunities throughout the investment process. They work closely with Sustainable Investing subject-matter experts across KKR, who are deeply integrated across multiple teams and serve as resources to our investment professionals and portfolio companies.

Our Sustainable Investing team has representation across North America, EMEA, and APAC, and expertise spanning various sustainability topics and disciplines, including sustainability strategy, board governance, climate change and decarbonization, ESG compliance, reporting, data management, and supply chain management.

Our one-firm approach enables us to effectively utilize a valuable network of resources and experts across sectors and investment platforms, nonprofit organizations, and technical experts. We believe this network encourages thoughtful identification and management of material ESG issues throughout the investment process.

Sustainability Expertise to Support the Investment Process

Subject Matter Expertise

Transparency and Industry Engagement

Stakeholder engagement is a key component of our approach to investing responsibly. Through regular and effective engagement, we believe we can better understand our stakeholders’ interests, address their concerns, and deliver on their expectations, all while working to create and protect value.

Working with experts and organizations across our broader industry helps us and our portfolio companies to better learn and address the breadth of issues we encounter, understand emerging trends, and apply best practices. Since 2008, KKR has sought to incorporate certain leading global frameworks and standards into our reporting, disclosure, and processes, as well as supported certain industry groups and cross-sector initiatives. We believe these efforts allow us to tap into the knowledge of experts who can help us and our portfolio companies understand and address sustainability topics and emerging trends.

Principles for Responsible Investment

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. became a signatory to the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in 2009. In accordance with our own guidelines and the PRI, KKR seeks to act in the best long-term interests of its clients.
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American Investment Council Guidelines

At KKR, we are committed to thoughtfully considering ESG issues as they pertain to our private equity investments in a manner consistent with our fiduciary duties For us, this approach means more than just responsible investing; it means smart investing.
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KKR’s Responsible Investment Policy

Our Responsible Investment Policy, updated in 2023, articulates the responsible investment framework and approaches that KKR believes are broadly relevant for each asset class with regard to the integration of ESG issues in the investment process.
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1) There can be no assurance that KKR's ESG policies and procedures as described herein will continue, and KKR's ESG policies and procedures could change, even materially. See additional disclaimers and defined terms in the Cautionary Statement to the 2022 Sustainability Report.
2) Sustainable investing as used and defined by KKR herein, which may differ from the technical definition of “sustainable investments” in Art. 2 No. 17 of how it is defined by the European Union’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation