Responsible investor

Responsible investor

Our ESG approach

Sparring Capital believes that value creation, which is the core mission of an equity investor, only makes sense if it is embedded in a responsible investment approach (ESG). Therefore, our investments are made with a view to creating long-term value, which includes environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria.

We have organized ourselves to apply this ESG approach both within Sparring Capital and in the companies we support.

Sparring Capital has an ESG manager who coordinates the management company’s actions and thinking on the subject and ensures the application of ESG principles at his level and the consistency of the approach within all the companies in the portfolio.

In addition, all members of the investment team at Sparring Capital investors are trained in ESG issues (entry training, bi-annual experience-sharing sessions on the ESG issues of portfolio companies) and are involved in the day-to-day implementation of the ESG approach of Sparring Capital, with compliance integrated into the evaluation and compensation processes.

For each of our investments, we systematically conduct an ESG audit in order to identify possible areas of progress and positive impacts for the companies and their stakeholders. The implementation of the identified measures is regularly monitored and the results measured.

Sparring Capital signed the Principles for Responsible Investment (“PRI”) in early 2010. This UN-led initiative aims to encourage the adoption of ESG best practices by investment professionals.

Sparring Capital has also signed the France Invest Capital Investors Charter.