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Additional Resources: Responsible Investing Framework for Private Equity

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Additional Resources

LPs are currently using a range of different reporting tools to track ESG investments as well as to screen their GPs

Tools for Assessing Performance by the GP:

  • ILPA ESG Assessment framework – is a resource built for LPs looking to create their own tool to understand and evaluate different stages of the ESG integration amongst GPs in the market. It is designed to assist LPs in their evaluation and benchmarking of GP responses to due diligence questionnaires regarding measuring ESG integration progress over time.
  • PRI DDQ – A framework developed by the UN Principles for Responsible Investment team aides LPs understand and evaluate a GPs process for incorporating material ESG risks and opportunities into their investment practices. Incorporated into the ILPA. Many custom DDQs developed by GPs and LPs incorporate the PRI framework.
  • Preqin –  is a data and insight management tool designed to help LPs and GPs make informed decisions. One of their products, Colmore, is geared towards providing LP solutions to due diligence and portfolio monitoring. The tool helps LPs manage invested funds and portfolio company data in real time.
  • InvestEurope – InvestEurope provides ESG reporting guidelines and a framework that helps investor/LPs understand their GP’s approach to sustainability and the main impacts of its investments on relevant sustainability factors.
  • ESG Data Convergence Initiative – EDCI provides a core set of environmental, social, and governance metrics for the private equity industry drawn from existing frameworks.   

Tools for Assessing Performance by the Portfolio Companies:

  • SASB – The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board. SASB standards assist in helping companies disclose sustainability information to their investors. These standards are used by many different stakeholders and are a good starting point for those new to ESG.
  • MSCI - MSCI powers better investments by enabling clients to understand and analyze key drivers of risk and return and confidently build more effective portfolios using data-driven tools and solutions. MSCI offers a range of tools such as ESG ratings, ESG data solutions, ESG indexes, and ESG analytics. MSCI has launched a private assets analytics framework in their RiskManager tool. It allows modeling of private assets to identify main sources of risk.
  • Sustainalytics  - A Morningstar company, provides investor solutions over ESG research (risk ratings, compliances & ESG screening solutions), Climate solutions data, and specific analytic and reporting solutions. They have expanded their ESG ratings coverage to cover Private Equity.
  • CDP - Provides a reporting framework for suppliers and portfolio companies on climate and water, amongst other environmental topics.
  • Novata - Private markets resource for ESG Metric Selection, Data Management, and benchmarking.

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NYU Stern would like to thank Arthur D. Little for providing a pro bono secondment to support the development of the GP tool, Investindustrial for contributing grant funds and expertise, ClimateWorks for providing a grant for the development of these tools and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities for helping to fund the first phase of research.

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