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Venture capital is a vital and hugely influential part of the financial ecosystem and a significant engine for job creation and innovation.
As our paper, Starting Up: Responsible Investment in Venture Capital, noted, there is a lack of formal, standardised responsible investment practices across the industry, although interest is growing and collaborative work between venture capital firms is underway.
To support this, the PRI has worked with investment manager and asset owner signatories to develop a case study series on ESG incorporation and investing for sustainability outcomes in venture capital. The series addresses themes ranging from DEI to climate change.
For more information on our work on venture capital, please contact us.
Sofinnova Partners on why and how it assesses the ESG maturity of its companies at each phase of their development.
Antler discusses its work with founders to raise their awareness and understanding of material ESG and impact considerations and how it influences them to incorporate these as they establish their businesses.
KfW Capital outlines the processes and frameworks it has developed to conduct ESG due diligence on venture capital managers.
Wafra Inc. discusses its practical approach to ESG integration, which focuses on financially or operationally material issues.
Fin Capital on why ESG metrics are as important as financial measurements and how it works with companies to close any identified gaps.
Mouro Capital discusses its post-investment approach to supporting companies to develop and grow their ESG practices.
Openspace Ventures on how it works with companies to create long-term value creation strategies that can scale sustainable businesses.
Glasswing Ventures highlights its approach to engaging in and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion activities within its firm and portfolio companies.
The Westly Group highlights how its diversity work across deal sourcing, due diligence, portfolio management and internal hiring is starting to deliver notable results.
Cycle Capital describes its process for assessing and quantifying the impact that it and its investees can have on climate change.