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ESG key performance indicators in private equity

ESG Key Performance Indicators in private equity

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Private equity (PE) firms are turning their attention to ESG key performance indicators (KPIs) to meet stakeholder expectations, ensure their firm is aligned to industry best practice, and create value across their portfolio. Beyond the usual methods of red flag screening and due diligence, portfolio company ownership presents an opportunity to establish KPIs and position firms for successful ESG reporting.

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Why track ESG KPIs?

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Guidelines for ESG KPIs

KPIs are intended to respond to the needs of a firm's stakeholders to track and demonstrate shared value. 

Some KPIs are universally trackable across industries and provide important insight into how portfolio companies fare in comparison to their peers and the wider business market. Some of the universal ESG KPIs that are commonly tracked are provided below.

Universal KPIs

Environmental

  • Energy consumption and efficiency
  • Greenhouse gas emissions

Social

  • Staff turnover
  • Training
  • Absenteeism

Governance

  • Litigation
  • Corruption

 

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It is important not to select more KPIs than can reasonably be tracked and managed. ESG KPIs can often be developed to cover areas and collect data on topics where data may already exist, or if not may be easily attainable. Beyond mattering to a given business, good KPIs should be:

  • Quantifiable
  • Comparable over a given time period (e.g. quarterly, annually, etc.)
  • Benchmarkable to peers in similar industries. 

ESG KPIs are not limited to quantitative data but must be quantifiable. For example, an annual employee survey can be used to capture employee satisfaction via a numerical scoring system that can then be tracked over time. 

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