Responsible Investing

Responsible investment at Actis

We build sustainable value creation into the core operations of the businesses in which we invest. Our responsible investment (RI) approach means that we actively seek opportunities to create long-term, sustainable value.  We also apply international Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) standards to all of our investments, regardless of the local regulatory environment. 

As the Principles for Responsible Investment demonstrate, investors and other stakeholders look for RI policies underpinned by proven results and robust evidence. At Actis, our responsible investment ethos is backed-up with hard numbers and tangible proof of its effectiveness.

Our approach to responsible investment

Recognition of our responsibility to wider society has always been central to our business and is fully integrated into our investment processes, from origination to exit. We take both a ‘top down’ and ‘bottom up’ approach to assessing ESG risks and opportunities, which enable us to confidently determine the priorities for each investment.

Regardless of sector, we are committed to promoting world-class standards in health and safety, environmental protection, social engagement and business integrity – as well as sound corporate governance and transparent accounting – right across our portfolio.

This commitment manifests itself through:

  1. Our full-time, in-house team of ESG professionals
  2. Our determination to improve ESG at management level for all our portfolio companies
  3. Adherence to the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI)
  4. The integration of ESG into all our investment decisions

Consequently, our approach to RI is underpinned by rigorous environmental, social and governance (ESG) guidelines. We expect our business partners to understand and share our commitment to integrating the management of ESG practices fully into their business processes.

Actis has been a signatory to the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) since 2009, and has reported publicly to the PRI since 2010. In 2015, PRI launched a Reporting and Assessment process to measure signatories ESG activities and reporting frameworks, for which Actis achieved an A rating.

The Actis Responsible Investment report