How to take advantage of the rise in B Corps

Four years since the launch of B Corps in the UK and many of the UK’s for-profit organisations are yet to join this global movement, which commits B Corp certified companies meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. What is a B Corp? To date there are 2, 788 B Corps across 150 industries in over 60 countries, including 199 here in the UK. The community of B Corp holders...

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Viya Nsumbu 24th Jul, 2019 Insight
business , ESG , Investment
3 min read

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

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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 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...

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...

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Martin Summers 29th May, 2019 Insight
ESG
2 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...

Private Equity: a look ahead in times of uncertainty

With political uncertainty at an all-time high and asset prices sky rocketing, some investors are acting with caution, but should they be? Private equity veteran, Tim Farazmand, discusses what to expect from the sector over the next financial year and how investors should navigate the challenging landscape. What are the biggest challenges and threats facing the private equity market right now? The amount of dry powder is causing fierce competition, which is...