Antin is a long-term investor committed to responsible investment and valuing the increased focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters. As such, since 2009, we have been a proud signatory member of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI). Moreover, in 2018, we joined the Initiative Climate 2020 (IC20) - the world's first private equity-focused initiative on climate change - as well as the Responsible Investment Roundtable of Invest Europe.
These initiatives stem from our firm belief that addressing ESG issues is a tool for value creation. Throughout the investment cycle, managing ESG risks and opportunities allows us to reduce business risks, increase the financial results of our portfolio companies, achieve higher valuations and, ultimately, meet our fiduciary responsibilities.
Moreover, we value the establishment and maintenance of trusting relationships with all stakeholders and we are strong advocates of the notion that being a good corporate citizen is good business practice and creates long-term value for our investors. We have also always believed that the awareness of ESG topics amongst employees and stakeholders produces a real and positive change in the way people work.
For these reasons, ESG matters continue to be one of the core aspects of our investment strategy, being a priority in our investment committees, portfolio review committee meetings and discussions with management, boards and investors.
In 2014 and 2015, Antin was voted Best in Class Infrastructure Manager in the ESG Best Practice Awards organised by SWEN Capital Partners. The 2015 independent jury considered over 50 firms and was pleased to see ESG matters included and monitored throughout our investment and asset management processes. Moreover, in July 2019, we achieved an “A+” rating – the highest possible score – in the “Infrastructure” module of the UN PRI Assessment Report, as well as an “A” rating in the “Strategy and Governance” module, which further demonstrates our strong commitment to responsible investment.
Our 2019 Responsible Investment Policy can be found here.
Responsible Investment supplementary