Sustainability at Actis

We build sustainable value creation into the core operations of the businesses in which we invest. Our 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 sustainability and 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 sustainability and 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 sustainability 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 sustainability 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.



Read The Road to Smart Olive: The Energy Perspective here


Read the Sustainability in Action White Paper here 


Read the Impact Measurement White Paper here

 Watch the Impact Measurement Explainer Video here

Press releases


Sustainalytics rates Lekela in the top 1% of ESG-rated companies globally


Actis company BTE Renewables arranges an innovative loan agreement to finance conservation efforts around Kipeto in Kenya


Actis’ Shami Nissan wins ‘ESG Professional of the Year’ at Drawdown Awards


Shami Nissan joins G7 Impact Taskforce


Shami Nissan featured in Nomura Greentech Sustainable Heroes


Lucy Heintz ranked in influential women in global wind sector list


Actis wins Environmental Finance 2021 Sustainable Investment Award


Shami Nissan elected to join Principles for Impact Management Advisory Board


Actis ranked top in inaugural Impact 20 list


Actis wins Gender Diversity LAVCA Latin American Private Capital and ESG Award 2021


Biodiversity and Infrastructure Investing: Managing Risk and Enhancing Value


Lucy Heintz named as one of the most influential people in the European Wind sector


Atlas Renewable Energy ranks first in the development of clean energy for corporate PPAs in Latin America, and is among the ten largest in the world


Actis becomes signatory to ILPA Diversity in Action initiative


Actis wins climate change impact project of the year at the 2020 Environmental Finance IMPACT Awards


Actis awarded highest score for fourth consecutive year in UN PRI Assessment


Actis wins Private Equity Manager of the Year at Environmental Finance 2020 Sustainable Investment Awards


Actis publishes disclosure statement to the International Finance Corporation’s Operating Principles for Impact Management