Inclusion and Diversity
We believe that at Actis and for the businesses we invest in, a diverse team operating in an inclusive culture quite simply makes better decisions.
The decisions we make and the actions we take mean we deliver superior financial performance for our investors and positive impacts for the countries, cities and communities in which we operate.
Why include and diversify?
"Diverse groups make better decisions and create a more enjoyable working environment. We lead with inclusion at Actis because we recognise it is the best way to attract and retain the best people. There is so much evidence that points to this and for Actis the benefit is clear - it is not only the right thing to do but it’s obvious that having multiple perspectives around the table ensures that every angle is covered in a discussion, that we don’t avoid the tricky subjects, that risks and scenarios are properly considered, that value creation is as creative as it can be and that Actis is an enjoyable, stimulating place to work.
Inclusion and Diversity are important to the people who work at Actis and within our portfolio today, important to the people we want to work with in the future and important to our investors. We are focused on ensuring that we improve representation at all levels and that our people feel proud of where they work, feel that they belong, feel that they’re valued and that they know there is the opportunity to realise their potential as part of Actis. We are applying this approach to the thousands employed throughout our portfolio and we are already witnessing how a thoughtful approach to inclusion and diversity efforts can be effectively amplified.
Inclusion and Diversity at Actis are a work in progress, but we’re not at a standing start and there is a huge amount of activity taking place. I’m delighted that this site captures some of that and provides an important platform to continue to celebrate success and share learnings as we continue the journey."
Torbjorn Caesar, Senior Partner
Actis' Inclusion and Diversity working groupView all
Actis’ Inclusion & Diversity working group includes representation across geographies, functions, nationalities and practice areas, with support from an Actis senior advisor with expertise in organisational change. The working group is responsible for creating and nurturing an inclusive culture within the firm and also focuses on Actis' portfolio companies. It is supported by the Executive Committee and driven at Partner level with Lucy Heintz as Chair.
Spotlight on...View all
Hear from minority leaders within Actis and our portfolio companies through our Spotlight series.
Diversity in the portfolio
As we drive our inclusion and diversity agenda within Actis, we recognise our impact can extend beyond the firm and across our portfolio companies. Initiatives we are driving include collecting data to establish a baseline on diversity metrics; identifying best practice at portfolio companies and driving targeted initiatives; showcasing success stories of diverse people from our portfolio companies and establishing a mentoring program for a subset of colleagues from portfolio companies. See highlights below.
News and insightsView all
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A moment with Michael Harrington, Partner at ActisBy Michael Harrington 23/04/20Read article >
Recruitment and talentRead more
Actis has a team of approximately 300 people operating across 17 offices globally from Mexico City to Seoul. Attracting and retaining the best talent to deliver excellent performance through a broad base of individuals is a key aspect of future proofing the firm.
Portfolio mentoring programme
With a strategic focus within our own organisation of creating a genuinely diverse and inclusive workplace for our employees, Actis is also in a great position to support our portfolio companies in building environments that value the different viewpoints and contribution of employees drawn from a variety of backgrounds, beliefs and ethnicities.