Managing Director, Portfolio – Environmental, Social and Governance, Mayfair Equity Partners,
and Judge, BVCA Excellence in ESG 2021
ESG factors are increasingly important to both investors and consumers and global government policies are changing fast to reflect this. GPs therefore have an opportunity with these awards, to raise their profile with investors seeking to understand who is committed to ESG at a firm level, and portfolio companies have the opportunity to showcase what they are actually doing to drive ESG awareness and strategy within their business. Further, with these awards, the BVCA can raise awareness of ESG issues more broadly within the industry but also with key external stakeholders.
You don’t need to have an ESG function to make a significant contribution to ESG issues and this is what the awards hope to capture this year.
For example, this could include social issues arising from the pandemic, such as how you have ensured employee and customer safety and well-being, or how you have implemented new remote working practices.
You could highlight new protocols or procedures that you have put in place at the GP level to embed ESG thinking across the investment cycle, discuss systems you have adapted or developed to capture and record data, or document the work you have undertaken to understand your climate risk or carbon emissions across a fund and the mitigating strategies you have put in place with the portfolio to reduce these. You could also demonstrate how your portfolio is tackling the increasingly important subject of Net Zero emissions and the future strategies they are considering to do this.
Equally valuable would include measures you have put in place to ensure good governance structures and board level ESG visibility and ownership, including modern slavery and anti-bribery and corruption policies and registers reviews, or data protection policies or how you are making a difference in diversity, equity and inclusion across your business and the portfolio that you manage to ensure that the employee base across the GP and its portfolio better reflect the communities in which they operate and the customers that they serve.
Every GP, whether large with established ESG practices, or small and just starting their ESG journey, can take part in the awards and we look forward to receiving your submissions over the next few months.
Maria joined Mayfair in 2015 to work alongside portfolio companies to identify, quantify and unlock business process improvement activities. Maria’s expertise as both a former practitioner and consultant allows her to focus on opportunities to drive incremental value in areas such as tax, ESG and finance with the aim of supporting the teams Mayfair partners with to deliver their plans faster or with less risk.
Prior to Mayfair Maria worked at LDC where she advised LDC and its portfolio companies on a wide range of M&A structuring, tax, operational and accounting issues as well as advising on fund structuring and related investor issues. Prior to that Maria worked for both Deloitte and Arthur Andersen in their private equity and international M&A groups.
Maria is a qualified accountant, tax and treasury adviser, has a first-class honours degree in Chemistry from The University of Surrey, a PhD in Nanotechnology from Cambridge University and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. Maria is also a member of the British Venture Capital Association’s Tax Committee and Responsible Investing Advisory Group.
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