GK wins Specialist Due Diligence Provider of the Year at Unquote British Private Equity Awards

GK Strategy is delighted to have received the Specialist Due Diligence Provider award at the British Private Equity Awards. We are proud to have had so much support from our clients, and are grateful to everyone who voted for us. Over the last year, GK has completed 35 mandates across its two core offerings: environmental,...

Why investor-backed high growth businesses need a different approach to strategic communications and ESG

Private equity often buys businesses with a view to rapid buy and build expansion, increasing revenues and building a much larger business that can achieve high returns. A different approach The trajectory of such businesses requires a different approach to strategic communications and ESG (environmental, social and governance issues), compared to companies engaged on steadier organic growth in less dynamic environments. Their communications and ESG strategies need to take account...

Carlsberg: proof that producing poor products sustainably isn’t sustainable – and shouldn’t be celebrated.

"Probably NOT the best beer in the world" Carlsberg has won lots of plaudits for its frank new advertising campaign (pictured) admitting that 'we lost our way. We focused on brewing quantity, not quality; we became one of the cheapest, not the best.' A new TV

Martin Summers 9th Jul, 2019 Insight
ESG , insight , sustainability
3 min read

What a sustainable cannabis sector should look like and how to get there

Cannabis continues to be legalised or decriminalised at a rapid rate. CBD (Cannabidiol) products are widely available on the UK high street and the medical and therapeutic benefits of cannabis are being increasingly recognised. But although cannabis continues to be hotly debated, there is remarkably little discussion about what a responsible cannabis sector would look like and how to get there. A lot of questions remain largely unanswered – and in many cases, not posed at all,...

The ESG risks your business could be facing

Some of the biggest ESG risks that businesses face today relate to new or possible legislation, as well as increasing expectations and scrutiny from politicians, regulators, the media, and campaigning organisations, on how businesses are demonstrating responsible behaviour. Download the eBook here While many of the biggest risks that companies face are sector-specific – driven by new regulations designed to address...

Martin Summers 29th May, 2019 Insight
2 min read

What lessons does the boom in impact investing have for other investors?

Impact investing - investments made with the intention to generate measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return - is booming. Over $502bn in impact investing assets is now managed by over 1,340 organisations, according to a recent survey by GIIN - the Global Impact Investing Network – up from under

Martin Summers 1st May, 2019 Insight 3 min read

Why do political and ESG due diligence go together?

Politics and ESG (environmental, social & governance) are natural bed fellows. But they are rarely treated as such, particularly in the diligence process. GK Strategy is the only consultancy offering ESG due diligence (DD) services and political, policy & regulatory due diligence (PDD.) Why do these disciplines belong together? And why should investors see them as two sides of the same coin? Why should companies consider their political and regulatory risks and...

How to invest & operate in regulatory grey zones – the case of cannabis

The ‘Green Rush’ has seen huge increases in cannabis investment. The total market cap of the top 100 cannabis stocks now exceeds $80bn. Investment has now spread to the UK following the relaxation of laws on medicinal and recreational use across Europe. with estimates of a medicinal market size reaching

Martin Summers 26th Mar, 2019 Insight 3 min read