Research

Survey – Responsible investment in private equity - a key component of operational value creation

Capital Dynamics surveyed 175 general partners (GPs) from private equity funds to gauge how principles of responsible investing and environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are implemented in the investment process. We experienced a high response rate (109 of the 175 GPs responded) with a vast majority of responses completed by professionals holding senior management positions.

The participants of our survey were well-balanced by size of their most recent flagship fund with the majority managing mid-market funds. Similarly, in terms of headcount, most respondents were mid-sized managers with 25-100 employees. The study accurately represents the general responsible investment practices across the global private equity industry – the majority of respondents (55%) were outside Europe and all strategies of the private equity spectrum were represented.