Keynote Interview: Time to Deliver a Clear ESG Vision

Thoughtware Article Published: Apr 16, 2021
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Gone are the days when a general partner (GP) can draft some pleasant language about their commitment to environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) and post it on their website over a photo of a budding pea shoot. Bodies like ILPA are spelling out what they expect from ESG programs, as are others. While the common theme is that GPs should be living up to the language in an ESG policy, it’s unclear what that policy should be.

Private Funds CFO sat down with BKD Managing Director Coleman Rowland and National Practice Leader Brian Matlock, who argue the best ESG programs aren’t being designed to comply with one specific standard. Instead, they’re built in close collaboration with investors to help ensure that ESG priorities are respected in a way that’s tailored to each portfolio company under the GP’s watch and to each limited partner's goals. Download the PDF to read the full interview.

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