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Actis awarded A+ grades across the board in UNPRI independent assessmenT

01 August 2018
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Actis, a leading investor in growth markets, has once again been awarded an A+, the highest grade attainable, across the board in the UN backed Principles for Responsible Investment’s  (UNPRI) independent assessment.

Actis achieved A+ grade status overall and has been awarded A+ grades for each of the assets classes in which it invests; Private Equity, Energy and Real Estate, well above the median scores for the industry.

Actis has a dedicated responsible investing team who are part of every single decision making process throughout the life cycle of investments from origination to realisation. The team members are Actis’ deal enablers fully aligned with the investment professionals in pursuit of delivering competitive returns responsibly.

The firm has been a signatory to the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) since 2009, and has reported publicly to the PRI since 2010. The transparency report for the period is available in full on the UNPRI website.

In addition to playing an integral role within Actis’ portfolio, the Responsible Investment team members are also trusted advisers to several industry bodies and this year have contributed thought leadership materials on a range of subjects from climate risk to human rights and most recently on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”). You can read the EMPEA report on the role of Private Equity in delivering the SDGs here

Shami Nissan, head of Responsible Investment at Actis, said: “It is extremely gratifying to achieve a clean sweep of the highest grade attainable- it is a real testament to the culture of the firm that we are able to consistently operationalise our values to deliver competitive market returns, responsibly.”

Commenting on the announcement, Torbjorn Caesar, senior partner at Actis, said: ”It is an honour to receive this independent recognition. Our commitment to responsible investing goes beyond box ticking or lip service, it underpins our entire investment approach and consistently delivers fantastic financial returns for our investors and positive outcomes for the countries, cities and communities in which we are operating.”

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