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The popularity of ESG investment strategies has grown rapidly over the last decade. In 2020 alone there was a 28% increase in signatories to the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), which now represents over $103T of total assets.
The prospect of a sustainable future should be explanation enough for this recent uptick in activity, but, ESG funds and investments are still in their infancy. There are no benchmarks or ROI analyses available for investors to reference before dipping their toes in the ESG waters. So, how are PE investors getting comfortable with ESG despite its still unproven ability to turn a profit? Head down to this week’s featured Industry Trends article, to read more about why PE is betting on ESG and the practical ways in which they’re already leveraging it to boost financial metrics like cash flow and EBITDA.
Our featured buy-side members this week include a regional network of outpatient healthcare providers, a private equity firm targeting water, energy, and agriculture businesses, and a leading financial advisory firm. On the sell-side we’ll introduce you to a boutique M&A advisory firm and a specialty investment bank serving companies in the lower middle market.
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