ESG

Environmental, Social and Governance

ESG at 17Capital

Environmental, Social and Governance is important to 17Capital as it helps us to be a better corporate citizen and serve our investors and clients better.

17Capital's commitments to ESG:

Environmental

Reduce the impact of our activities on the environment.

Social

Contribute positively to wider society.

Governance

Optimise the 17Capital organisation by diversifying and integrating more 17Capital stakeholders.

Epic Partnership

Epic is a global non-profit changing the lives of disadvantaged youths around the world.

17Capital’s long term partnership with Epic includes our sharing pledge, providing pro bono office space and sponsors of their events.

17Capital also completed a mentoring programme with ThinkForward, one of EPICs portfolio initiatives, here is a short film of their final session:

17Capital was the first private equity firm in the US & UK to sign the Epic Sharing Pledge and pledged to give 1% of the carried interest on its €1.2bn Fund 4 to Epic.

17Capital has again pledged to donate a percentage of the carried interest on its $2.9bn Fund 5 to Epic.

17Capital collaborations with Epic

Haven House

Epic introduced 17Capital to Haven House Children’s Hospice and commissioned Harry Luxton to create a one-off painting for their London office. Find out more here.

ThinkForward

Epic introduced 17Capital to ThinkForward and in 2021 we completed a mentoring programme with young people from a school based in the UK. The six month programme involved 15 mentors from 17Capital partnering with young people to help them develop a range of job skills. Above is a short film of their final session.

Sports dans le ville

17Capital has partnered with SDLV on a number of initiatives, most recently 3 of our team volunteered with them, mentoring young people weekly over the year to help them improve their language skills and prepare them for the workplace.

More about Epic

Epic is a global nonprofit startup which amplifies people’s potential to make a difference through giving.

Founded in 2014 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Alexandre Mars, Epic finds, funds and scales high-impact social organizations through a curated portfolio, and promotes innovative giving solutions for individuals and companies.

Visit Epic's website

Epic offers several painless, systematic and optional ways for companies to place social impact at the heart of their economic model.

  1. Payroll Giving
  2. Strategic Giving
  3. Transactional Giving
  4. Sharing Pledge

Signatories

UN PRI signatory

17Capital is a UN PRI signatory and has committed to implementing the six Principles for Responsible Investment set out by the UNPRI (the “Principles”) and will contribute to developing a more sustainable global financial system.

In signing up to the Principles, 17Capital publicly commits to

  • Contribute to the overall effort to reduce the impact of its activities on the environment
  • Contribute positively to wider society through Epic and other initiatives

We believe this will improve our ability to meet 17Capital’s commitments to our beneficiaries and better align 17Capital’s investment activities with the broader interests of society.

The Principles for Responsible Investment were developed by an international group of institutional investors reflecting the increasing relevance of environmental, social and corporate governance issues to investment practices. The process was convened by the United Nations Secretary-General.

Visit PRI's website

We encourage other investors to also adopt the Principles:

Principle 1: We will incorporate ESG issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes.

Principle 2: We will be active owners and incorporate ESG issues into our ownership policies and practices.

Principle 3: We will seek appropriate disclosure on ESG issues by the entities in which we invest.

Principle 4: We will promote acceptance and implementation of the Principles within the investment industry.

Principle 5: We will work together to enhance our effectiveness in implementing the Principles.

Principle 6: We will each report on our activities and progress towards implementing the Principles.

ILPA Diversity in action signatory

17Capital is a signatory to the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA) Diversity in Action initiative.

The Diversity in Action initiative brings together LP’s and GP’s who publicly acknowledge their commitment and to take concrete steps to advance diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) both in the workplace and the industry more broadly.

The initiative focuses on a foundational set of DEI actions spanning talent management, investment management and industry engagement.

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By becoming a signatory, 17Capital publicly demonstrates its support and signals that we:

  • Believe in the importance of DEI to the future success and sustainability of the private equity industry
  • Agree that only by sharing information about specific actions taken will we encourage the mainstream implementation of DEI best practices and be able to measure our progress over time.
  • On a best-efforts basis, will voluntarily provide up to date information on specific actions being undertaken
  • Dec 06 2021 Snapshot

    17Capital mentoring programme with ThinkForward

    17Capital continues to be a supporter and a champion of EPIC. This year we completed a mentoring programme with ThinkForward, one of EPICs portfolio initiatives. The six-month programme involved 15 mentors from 17Capital partnering with young people from a school in the UK to help them develop a range of job skills. Here is a short film from the final session.

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  • Sep 17 2021 Snapshot

    ILPA Diversity in Action signatory

    We are delighted to announce that 17Capital has become a signatory to the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA) Diversity in Action initiative. The Diversity in Action initiative brings together LP’s and GP’s who publicly acknowledge their commitment and to take concrete steps to advance diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) both in the workplace and the industry more broadly. The initiative focuses on a foundational set of DEI actions spanning talent management, investment management and industry engagement. What does it mean to become a signatory? By becoming a signatory, 17Capital publicly demonstrates its support and signals that we: Believe in the importance of DEI to the future success and sustainability of the private equity industry Agree that only by sharing information about specific actions taken will we encourage the mainstream implementation of DEI best practices and be able to measure our progress over time On a best-efforts basis, will voluntarily provide up to date information on specific actions being undertaken Recognise the benefits that accrue to all market participants by collaborating to address specific challenges to DEI and commits to participating in future conversations about industry progress against the framework.

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  • Nov 20 2020 Snapshot

    The Epic Investor: A Real Life Story

    17Capital Partner Thomas Doyle and Supervisory Board member Myriam Vander Elst recently spoke at the Fund Finance Association Virtual Symposium. The session The Epic Investor: A real life story looks at 17Capitals partnership with the Epic Foundation and how this has developed over time. Watch the 15 minute video here:    To find out more about the Fund Finance Association click here: https://www.fundfinanceassociation.com/

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ESG committee members

Augustin Duhamel
Manging Partner
Myriam Vander Elst
Supervisory Board
Anthony McKay
Finance
Fokke Lucas
Investments
Alison Franklin
People and Talent
Dan Lee
Investor Relations
Alex Walker
Marketing
George Lee
Committee manager

The committee

The ESG Committee is here to:

  • Define and implement the ESG policy and principles
  • Monitor ESG and review ESG reporting
  • Support 17Capital and our team in “making ESG happen”
  • Listen to ideas and input on how 17Capital can continue to make a meaningful impact across the ESG agenda

Organisations we contribute to

Wider partnerships

17Capital has a number of partnerships to support our wider communities with a focus on supporting young people, some of the organisations we contribute to are:

Industry-wide initiatives

We are members of the following industry bodies