The case for ESG due diligence

ESG: moving beyond due diligence as a red flag exercise Higher asset prices and more competitive bidding has driven an increase in the breadth and depth of due diligence, including ESG. ESG due diligence on B2C assets has increased as consumers and retailers have become more concerned about ESG issues, such as consumer protection, waste and recycling, and ethical sourcing. ESG due diligence on B2B assets has also increased as clients focus more on responsible...

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...

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...

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Megan Baxter 29th Jan, 2019 Insight
due diligence , private equity
3 min read

GK’s 10 year anniversary and lessons learned

As GK celebrates its tenth anniversary, I’m incredibly proud of where the business is now. Our timing was awful when we started this business, just as financial Armageddon hit in 2009. I gave up my job at a well-established Public Affairs company and joined my business partner Luke Kennedy to begin the GK journey. Fast forward ten years and GK has 30 staff, we have worked with a multitude of clients, we’ve successfully expanded our service offering...

Social Housing: the end of private equity involvement?

Over the last year, GK have provided political, policy and regulatory risk analysis advice on several deals across the housing sector, ranging from the private rented sector to social housing. This increase in deal flow in the sector reflects that in recent years, private investment has plugged a much-needed gap in the affordable housing supply. In light of Theresa May’s announcement at the

Four Scenarios for Sustainability – How to Respond

One of the world’s leading sustainability organisations, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), recently outlined how business could respond under four possible futures by 2030 – with each scenario illustrating very different levels of centralisation or decentralisation, coordination or fragmentation in politics, economics and society. Each of the scenarios is plausible, and the...

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Martin Summers 5th Dec, 2018 Impact , Strategy
due diligence , environment , ESG
3 min read