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Our responsibility

“We have made significant progress since drafting and implementing our first policy on Responsible Investment in 2010 but it is vital that we continue to evolve. We recognise that as a private equity firm, we can and should play an important role in driving the sustainability agenda”

Richard Lenane, Managing Partner

At Exponent, we take responsible investment seriously.  From the pensioners who entrust us with their savings to the employees who work at our portfolio companies, we have a duty to act responsibly. We do this by considering Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors at all stages of the deal cycle.

We believe that processes and procedures are never a substitute for individual responsibility. This same belief informs our approach to responsible investing. Our deal team seek to embed greater awareness and action on ESG issues in the operations of all our portfolio companies and by sitting on the boards of our companies, we are able to drive real change.

Our values

Exponent contributes to industry activities and associations which aim to promote best practice in the private equity industry.  We are members of the BVCA, Invest Europe and a signatory to the PRI.

We support Level 20, a not-for-profit organisation aiming to address gender inequality in the sector.  Exponent has supplemented the Firm’s financial contributions with mentoring. More information on the work of Level 20 can be found here.

We also support Impetus, who find, fund and build charities that transform the lives of disadvantaged young people. More information can be found on the work of Impetus here.

Team

Craig Vickery, the Firm's COO, has ultimate responsibility for all operational matters at the Firm, whilst Lizzie Stazicker is responsible for overseeing the Firm's ESG programme.

PRI

As a signatory to the PRI we are committed to the six Principles:

1 We will incorporate ESG issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes
2 We will be active owners and incorporate ESG issues into our ownership policies and practices
3 We will seek appropriate disclosure on ESG issues by the entities in which we invest
4 We will promote acceptance and implementation of the Principles within the investment industry
5 We will work together to enhance our effectiveness in implementing the Principles
6 We will each report on our activities and progress towards implementing the Principles