Aim Helping companies making a difference achieve all-round performance
Our objective is to help the companies we support in reaching ambitious sustainable development goals, while generating returns for our investors.
Approach Combining profitability and sustainability
We have long been mindful of the fact that companies must not pursue growth to the detriment of individuals and the planet. The responsibility of any company goes beyond profitability gains merely intended to offer ever greater returns on investment for their shareholders.
The support provided by our Impact team is aimed at combining financial performance with a positive contribution to meeting ambitious sustainable development goals. Our conviction underlying this dual objective is that companies working to improve their sustainability and to lead by example in their sectors will also be the most solid, thus guaranteeing their continued viability.
Investment criteria Targeting companies that meet precise sustainable development goals
We look for companies that:
- offer products or services making a positive contribution to the achievement of one or more sustainable development goals, using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations as the reference framework;
- are supervised by a high-quality management team well aware of environmental and social issues;
- generate more than €1 million in operating profit.
Investment cycle Active and tailor-made support
Backed by the vast experience of its investment team and its impact experts, the Impact team aims to identify entrepreneurs looking for an active, minority and trusted partner to assist them in pursuing their growth plans while also working to improve their sustainability performance.
Our proprietary methodology rests on three pillars:
- an initial impact audit based on a multi-criteria analysis;
- a set of sustainability priorities to be addressed over the investment horizon;
- three to five impact criteria, each associated with ambitious objectives that are measurable over time.
This impact approach is always pursued jointly with the management teams and partners of our portfolio companies. Depending on the extent to which impact criteria are met, the investment team may donate a significant portion of its remuneration to Télémaque, a non-profit offering support to bright and motivated young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Special focus on five key SDGs
· good health and well-being (SDG 3);
· quality education (SDG 4);
· reduced inequalities (SDG 10);
· responsible consumption and production (SDG 12);
· climate action (SDG 13).
In a world becoming more complex every day, our aspiration is to help address major environmental and climate-related issues, but also to help foster social cohesion.
In summary Investment profile
|TARGET UNIVERSE||SMEs and mid-caps|
|SPECIALIZATION||Products or services having a positive impact on society and the environment|
|TARGET EBITDA||> €2 million|
|TYPE OF INVESTMENT||Usually minority interest|
|INVESTMENT HORIZON||5 to 7 years|