"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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.
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"