Equistone commits to the fight against climate change and signs the Climate Initiative (iC20)
Equistone Partners Europe, one of Europe’s leading mid-market private equity investors, announces that it has signed the French Association of Capital Investment (AFIC)’s Climate Initiative (iC20). The signing of this agreement reinforces Equistone’s investment policy, which already takes sustainable criteria into account in the choice and management of its investments. With this additional commitment, Equistone aims to contribute to the COP21 target of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees.
iC20 is the first initiative in the private equity industry to support the reduction and management of greenhouse gas emissions by portfolio companies. Equistone is thus committing to implementing a long-term approach, ensuring that climate-related issues and carbon emissions are taken into account throughout the entire investment process and that each of the companies in its portfolio is aware of the climate change-related issues, and measures and implements a plan to reduce their carbon footprint.
Guillaume Jacqueau, Managing Partner at Equistone Partners Europe, comments: “Having always been aware of our responsibility as a shareholder, we are now taking a step forward in our commitment to actively supporting the companies in our portfolio to reduce their impact on the climate. We firmly believe that this commitment is fundamental, as reducing greenhouse gas emissions involves a transformation that is necessary for companies of all sizes, which can each contribute to curbing the impact and risks relating to climate change within their fields.”
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