How to define ESG best practice and assess a company against it

Our ESG Due Diligence reports for investors (and our ESG assessments for corporate clients) incorporate a gap analysis of the asset’s ESG performance, policies and governance against best practice in the asset’s sector. We also make practical recommendations to ensure alignment with best practice – and how to go further. Why is it important for investors to undertake ESG best practice analysis – and how do we do it? Best practice analysis is part of our

Megan Baxter 24th Apr, 2019 Insight 3 min read

Casual Dining and Private Equity Investment

According to a recent report published by the Centre for Retail Research, a staggering 10,000 workers in Britain’s casual dining market lost their jobs during 2018. This shocking statistic comes even though, since 2010, the casual dining market has experienced huge growth, with a 16% increase in the number of restaurants, according to real estate adviser Altus. In more recent years, private equity has taken advantage of this...

Megan Baxter 29th Jan, 2019 Insight
Due Diligence , Private Equity
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ESG in 2019 – the environment

The environment is one aspect of ESG (environmental, social and governance) that continues to be strongly driven by political and regulatory agendas. 2019 will be no exception - especially in relation to climate change, packaging and recycling developments. An ESG approach that is politically-informed - mapping and anticipating such developments at supranational, national and sub-national levels, is therefore, critical to enabling  investors develop their own strategies and manage...

Megan Baxter 2nd Jan, 2019 Insight
Strategic Communications , ESG , Waste
2 min read

Comply, Align and Lead – How GK assesses ESG Capability and Potential

GK regularly assesses the ESG (environmental, social and governance) capability of companies, often as part of a package of due diligence work undertaken for private equity clients. ESG covers almost every aspect of a business, so it’s important to help companies and investors focus on the most material factors, i.e. the factors that will have the biggest impact on the company, its stakeholders and its long-term value....

Megan Baxter 28th Nov, 2018 Insight 5 min read

Widespread ESG integration won’t be effective until it is better defined

The consequences of confusion about what ESG means – and how responsible/ethical/sustainable investment differ – were highlighted by the FT and a pensions think tank this month. The FT’s Merryn Somerset Webb wrote: “It is time for the industry to come up with some proper definition of the words it increasingly bandies about”. The financial industry is “working very hard on diluting words such as...

Megan Baxter 19th Nov, 2018 Insight

Investing in Diversity – Essential for Business Growth

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to reflect not just on the value that women can bring to your organisation or team, but on the value of diversity in general. Thinking around diversity has come a long way from the tick box exercises of old. Today diversity of thought is seen as central to good business practice and effective decision-making. Gender diversity has become one of the prime factors for judging a company’s views and commitment to

Megan Baxter 8th Mar, 2018 Insight

CSR was so 90s. It’s time for ESG.

While 90s fashion may have made its way back to the mainstream, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has not stood the test of time. Since the 1960s, companies have used CSR as a means of delivering social value, which in turn was supposed to improve their financial results by building customer loyalty to their brand. However, as the practice has spread and consumer awareness has increased, cynicism is widespread and new terms such as “green-washing” have entered the lexicon. Recent...

Megan Baxter 5th Jul, 2017 Insight

It’s not easy being green

For those who have been following the Government’s energy and environment policies closely since the general election, it comes with little shock that Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, has admitted that the UK doesn’t currently have the right policies to be in a position to deliver its 2020 renewable energy target. Having held a seemingly proactive stance on green policy during the Coalition Government, the Conservative‘s continuing focus on spending...

Megan Baxter 18th Nov, 2015 Insight