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Doughty Hanson believes that by engaging in the broad set of extra-financial considerations – including environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues – we can improve the performance of our portfolio companies as well as the alignment between investors and society at large. Within the spectrum of responsible investing activities, we distinguish between two different types of engagement:
Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Engagement
Working with our investee companies and our own dedicated Head of Sustainability, we undertake a range of ESG initiatives across the portfolio to improve energy efficiency, reduce waste, improve health and safety practices and introduce higher standards of labour practices and more ethical supply chain management. The projects we undertake are commercially driven and have a direct impact on the financial and reputational risks to which Doughty Hanson, our portfolio companies and our investors are exposed.
Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR)
Doughty Hanson and its portfolio companies are involved with a number of charities and social enterprises. Unlike our ESG initiatives, the work we do in the CSR arena is primarily driven by the social, community and philanthropic impact it generates rather than any commercial imperative.