The integration of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors is about having the processes in place to help identify, manage and report ESG related risks and opportunities in our investment decisions and monitoring activities.
Catalyst/CMCF’s principles of responsible investing are embedded in our Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Framework, which provides the structure and guidance for our investment team as well as our portfolio companies.
We encourage our clients to work towards continuous improvement of their environmental and social management performance. Firms with an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible way of operating significantly lower the risk for their business model, and therefore, achieve greater cost efficiencies and profitability. These principles are integral to our business, both our own operations and those of our portfolio companies.
Our Environmental & Social Management System (ESMS) explains its procedures for identifying, assessing and managing environmental and social risk of financial transactions, defines the decision-making process, describes the roles, responsibilities and capacity needs of staff for doing so and states the documentation and recordkeeping requirements. It also provides guidance on how to screen transactions, categorize transactions based on their environmental and social risk, conduct environmental and social due diligence and monitor the client’s/investee’s environmental and social performance.