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ESG and sustainability

Creating value consciously so that companies and people may thrive.

The world is out of time to produce its food sustainably and in a way that is fair to all stakeholders. This should become a way life.

As a private equity investor, we have the ability to guide our  investees to mitigate negative impacts and enhance positive impacts for people and the environment through the way we allocate capital.
We pride ourselves in our positive investor and investee relationships around operating to international best practice standards and guidelines.

Our aim is to  systematically guide investees to a more sustainable future, and monitor their performance through:

  • Making sure that we can positively influence sustianbility when we invest in a company
  • Making sustainability a board priority of that company
  • Obtaining the commitment early on by way of an Environmental and Social Protocol and Policy, and an environmental and social action plan included in transaction agreements
  • Providing international best practice E&S and SDG training
  • Assist in developing their Environmental and Social Management Systems
  • Establishing a range of policies and protocols through a process where investees can adopt these strategies,   make their own, and start living them as values.
  • Providing guidelines, templates and other resources
  • Identifying an influential champion in every investee company to drive sustainability as a strategy
  • Maintaining frequent personal contact
  • Conducting quarterly and annual surveys on performance
  • Doing annual on-site ESG reviews coupled with training
  • Applying for technical assistance funding from our investors for worthy investee projects

The world is out of time to produce its food sustainably and in a way that is fair to all stakeholders. This should become a way life.

As a private equity investor, we have the ability to guide our  investees to mitigate negative impacts and enhance positive impacts for people and the environment through the way we allocate capital.
We pride ourselves in our positive investor and investee relationships around operating to international best practice standards and guidelines.

Our aim is to  systematically guide investees to a more sustainable future, and monitor their performance through:

  • Making sure that we can positively influence sustianbility when we invest in a company
  • Making sustainability a board priority of that company
  • Obtaining the commitment early on by way of an Environmental and Social Protocol and Policy, and an environmental and social action plan included in transaction agreements
  • Providing international best practice E&S and SDG training
  • Assist in developing their Environmental and Social Management Systems
  • Establishing a range of policies and protocols through a process where investees can adopt these strategies,   make their own, and start living them as values.
  • Providing guidelines, templates and other resources
  • Identifying an influential champion in every investee company to drive sustainability as a strategy
  • Maintaining frequent personal contact
  • Conducting quarterly and annual surveys on performance
  • Doing annual on-site ESG reviews coupled with training
  • Applying for technical assistance funding from our investors for worthy investee projects

APPROACH

Nurture Brands is a food investment company, that invests in innovative food producers, producing food that nurtures people and communities, in a way that nurtures the planet.

Positive impact, articulated in the SDGs, is a core consideration in investment decision-making, terms of agreement and the investment process.

Integrating impact management into investee operations to ensure SDGs targets are achieved while mitigating negative impacts.

POSITIVE IMPACTS GUIDED BY SDGs

We are committed to the SDG Impact Standards for Private Equity Funds (UNDP, 2020)

“Small but consistent actions from each of us make a considerable impact as a collective.”

The SDGs have enormous potential to drive corporate action and reporting. With transparency becoming the new paradigm for conducting business, this is the moment to take sustainability reporting to the next level and show the impact of business on the world’s top priorities. The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the UN Global Compact aim to aid progress towards these global top priorities by helping businesses large or small, all over the world, improve their reporting and performance on the SDGs.

The SDGs have enormous potential to drive corporate action and reporting. With transparency becoming the new paradigm for conducting business, this is the moment to take sustainability reporting to the next level and show the impact of business on the world’s top priorities. The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the UN Global Compact aim to aid progress towards these global top priorities by helping businesses large or small, all over the world, improve their reporting and performance on the SDGs.

This publication provides an illustrative menu of potential actions that business can take to contribute to the SDGs. Any business can use these disclosures to report on their efforts.

Reference:

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), United Nations Global Compact (UN Global Compact). Business Reporting on the SDGs. “An Analysis of the Goals and Targets” https://d306pr3pise04h.cloudfront.net/docs/publications%2FGRI_UNGC_SDG_Reporting_An_Analysis_of_Goals_and_Targets_2017.pdf

This publication provides an illustrative menu of potential actions that business can take to contribute to the SDGs. Any business can use these disclosures to report on their efforts.

Reference:

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), United Nations Global Compact (UN Global Compact). Business Reporting on the SDGs. “An Analysis of the Goals and Targets” https://d306pr3pise04h.cloudfront.net/docs/publications%2FGRI_UNGC_SDG_Reporting_An_Analysis_of_Goals_and_Targets_2017.pdf

EXEO Capital turned this guidance into a further level of practical application and developed a Guideline for Investee Company Positive Impact Plans ©. For every target for each of the 17 SDGs, EXEO unpacked the suggested potential actions into further practical actions, some simple, at no or low cost and easy to implement; others more complicated and coming at a cost. Each set of actions is linked to the GRI standards (www.globalreporting.org/standards/).

EXEO Capital turned this guidance into a further level of practical application and developed a Guideline for Investee Company Positive Impact Plans ©. For every target for each of the 17 SDGs, EXEO unpacked the suggested potential actions into further practical actions, some simple, at no or low cost and easy to implement; others more complicated and coming at a cost. Each set of actions is linked to the GRI standards (www.globalreporting.org/standards/).

Practical and pragmatic considerations

Whereas business can make a positive difference to people and the planet, it is not expected of companies to contribute to all SDGs. Rather, as per guidance provided in the GRI UN Global Compact, A Practical Guide to Integrating the SDGs into Corporate Reporting, companies make an informed selection in consultation with their internal and external stakeholders on those SDGs that intersect with their business and to which they can make a contribution in the normal course of doing business.

Neither is it intended that companies’ business contributions to the SDGs replace the role of government for supplying civil services. Rather, companies select projects as part of their corporate social investment (CSI) planning, in accordance with the level of their CSI commitment, which can practically support government efforts.

Thirdly, the needs are so vast that companies cannot respond to all needs in their countries or regions. Rather, companies should focus their contributions in their company zone of influence. And then, select those actions that will have the most impact within the company’s means.  A company’s social zone of influence, for example, would be the main geographic area from which its labour is drawn, in Africa almost invariably from surrounding poor suburbs or nearby communities. Its environmental or ecological zone of influence would cover the geographic area affected by potential negative impacts of its operations, such as downstream effect of their wastewater on rivers, streams and other water bodies; or the potential dispersion zone of its air pollution.

Practical and pragmatic considerations

Whereas business can make a positive difference to people and the planet, it is not expected of companies to contribute to all SDGs. Rather, as per guidance provided in the GRI UN Global Compact, A Practical Guide to Integrating the SDGs into Corporate Reporting, companies make an informed selection in consultation with their internal and external stakeholders on those SDGs that intersect with their business and to which they can make a contribution in the normal course of doing business.

Neither is it intended that companies’ business contributions to the SDGs replace the role of government for supplying civil services. Rather, companies select projects as part of their corporate social investment (CSI) planning, in accordance with the level of their CSI commitment, which can practically support government efforts.

Thirdly, the needs are so vast that companies cannot respond to all needs in their countries or regions. Rather, companies should focus their contributions in their company zone of influence. And then, select those actions that will have the most impact within the company’s means.  A company’s social zone of influence, for example, would be the main geographic area from which its labour is drawn, in Africa almost invariably from surrounding poor suburbs or nearby communities. Its environmental or ecological zone of influence would cover the geographic area affected by potential negative impacts of its operations, such as downstream effect of their wastewater on rivers, streams and other water bodies; or the potential dispersion zone of its air pollution.

AN EXAMPLE – SDG 3: ENSURE HEALTHY LIVES AND PROMOTE WELL-BEING FOR ALL AT ALL AGES

Target 3.1: By 2030, reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100 000 live births