Actis, a leading investor of private capital into global emerging markets has won Private Equity Manager of the Year at the prestigious Environmental Finance 2020 Sustainable Investment Awards.
The award recognises Actis’ position as a leading responsible investor and its commitment to helping create a single industry standard for asset owners through the development of the Actis Impact Score (‘AIS’), a proprietary framework which supports Actis in the measurement and monitoring of intended and actual impact performance.
The AIS is calculated from investment to exit across the entire portfolio. Aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Impact Management Project dimensions of impact, the open-source methodology offers investors the tools to target and measure their impact through verified metrics.
Torbjorn Caesar, the Senior Partner at Actis, commented: ”At Actis, we believe that values drive value. With eight decades of experience in growth markets our businesses deliver tangible, measurable benefits to local communities so that the value we create is shared with our stakeholders. We are delighted that our track record of investing in a sustainable manner has been recognized by Environmental Finance.”
Shami Nissan, Head of Responsible Investment at Actis, added: “Effective measurement and independent verification will empower investors to deploy capital into impactful investing by providing transparent and reliable methodologies. We are committed to promoting world-class standards in health and safety, environmental protection, social engagement – as well as sound corporate governance – across our portfolio and the industry.”
Over the course of 2019, Actis’ portfolio supported more than 120,175 jobs and livelihoods, provided 24 GW of generation capacity and avoided 5.8 million tonnes of CO2, equivalent to removing 1.2 million cars off the road for a year.
Actis is a signatory to the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). The firm has been awarded the highest rating score, A* for the third consecutive year in the UN PRI independent assessment.