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Dr Sam Lacey replied to member's discussion How can responsible private investment contribute to the SDGs?
"We agree that it is certainly easier to make progress when there is some collaborative momentum behind an issue. I think that sector initiatives like the RSPO and FSC are good at addressing such issues within individual sectors. However, I…"
Jul 9, 2015
Dr Sam Lacey replied to member's discussion How can responsible private investment contribute to the SDGs?
"To give an example of one of our investee companies – Madagascar Lychee Export is a lychee export station based in the port of Toamasina, Madagascar. CDC invested in fund manager Adenia Partners, who in turn invested in MLE. Madagascar is the…"
Jul 9, 2015
Dr Sam Lacey replied to member's discussion How can responsible private investment contribute to the SDGs?
"But to the question of what the barriers are that remain. Implementation on the ground is no easy task, in particular whilst some companies are now realising the business benefits of responsible business practice, one challenge is to rollout…"
Jul 9, 2015
Dr Sam Lacey replied to member's discussion How can responsible private investment contribute to the SDGs?
"Andrew, that sounds really useful - can you give us a link? "
Jul 9, 2015
Dr Sam Lacey replied to member's discussion How can responsible private investment contribute to the SDGs?
"At CDC we have witnessed an evolution in this area over the last ten years – ESG issues have moved from the fringe to the centre stage both amongst emerging market focused private equity investors and amongst businesses themselves.   Why…"
Jul 9, 2015
Dr Sam Lacey replied to member's discussion How can responsible private investment contribute to the SDGs?
"Another example Caroline, comes from a study we did a few years ago into the benefits of RSPO certification in the palm oil sector ( http://www.cdcgroup.com/Documents/ESG%20Publications/profitabilityandsustainabilityinpalmoilproduction.pdf )…"
Jul 9, 2015
Dr Sam Lacey replied to member's discussion How can responsible private investment contribute to the SDGs?
"Caroline, I totally agree with your point about the importance of looking at the impacts of their core operations rather than just the money they can give to good causes. We see this as a core part of our role and is…"
Jul 9, 2015
Dr Sam Lacey replied to member's discussion How can responsible private investment contribute to the SDGs?
"We completely agree Peter. Investors can play a number of roles. There is a place for hands on investors to roll up their sleeves to help willing companies to improve their environmental and social performance, even if from an initially low…"
Jul 9, 2015
Dr Sam Lacey replied to member's discussion How can responsible private investment contribute to the SDGs?
"To give a bit of colour to my previous comment. An example from among CDC’s investments is Vlisco, a company which designs, manufactures, distributes fabrics across West Africa, has made a strategic decision to build a sustainable and…"
Jul 9, 2015
Dr Sam Lacey replied to member's discussion How can responsible private investment contribute to the SDGs?
"There is growing evidence across industry sectors that when environmental, social and governance aspects are proactively managed by a business, they generate opportunities to improve business performance. This of course benefits both the business…"
Jul 9, 2015
Dr Sam Lacey replied to member's discussion How can responsible private investment contribute to the SDGs?
"Hi, I’m Sam Lacey, I work in the Environmental and Social team at CDC. CDC is the UK’s Development Finance Institution whose mission is to support the building of businesses throughout Africa and South Asia, to create jobs and make a…"
Jul 9, 2015

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Job Title
ESG Executive
Organisation
CDC Group
Sector
I work for a development finance organisation
Website:
http://www.cdcgroup.com
About my work:
I work to ensure that our Code of Responsible Investing (based on the IFC Performance Standards) is applied by all of our investees, including our intermediated investments through fund managers.
Topics on my radar:
Agriculture, Base of the Pyramid, Environment, Finance and Investment, Inclusive Business Models, Water

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