Now in their tenth year, we have seen continued improvement in ESG practices, demonstrating the growing commitment to responsible investment across our industry, by GPs, LPs and portfolio companies.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have decided to replace our regular awards this year and celebrate instead GPs, LPs and portfolio companies that have demonstrated ‘Excellence in ESG’. You can find further information about how to submit your nominations and the criteria here.
Excellence in ESG
The BVCA Responsible Investment Awards are an opportunity for LPs, private equity and venture capital firms and their portfolio companies to be recognised for the strong efforts made to progress on their ESG journey.
There are three award categories:
1. Responsible Investment Award – firms with more than £1bn under management (open to GPs and LPs)
2. Responsible Investment Award – firms with less than £1bn under management (open to GPs and LPs)
3. Portfolio Company Award (open to any portfolio company backed by a BVCA member)
The judges are looking for submissions that can illustrate how the ESG practices of firms and companies have progressed over time, in addition to examples of best practice.
Please note that the following judging criteria are by no means exhaustive – not all have to be addressed and please provide evidence on any other aspects that is key and relevant for your firm.
Responsible Investment Awards – for GP and LP firms
The judges will be looking for evidence of good practice of an overall ESG framework by the firm, as well as examples to illustrate the firm’s engagement with portfolio companies. The judging panel will consider submissions against the following criteria:
Please provide a one-page summary addressing the above criteria. You may also choose to submit relevant supporting evidence, however please keep this concise in order for the judges to take this into consideration.
Responsible Portfolio Company Award – for any portfolio company backed by a BVCA member organisation
This award seeks to recognise portfolio companies that have demonstrated progress in embedding the management of ESG issues in their commercial activity. Any portfolio company with a UK presence that has had equity investment from a BVCA member at some point during 2018 is eligible for this award. The judges will consider submissions against the following criteria:
Nominations for the 2020 BVCA Responsible Investment Awards will open in June.
All submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
The winners will be selected in early October by an independent judging panel.
The 2020 BVCA Responsible Investment Awards will be presented at the BVCA Summit on 08 October 2020 in London.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT THE BVCA
+44 (0)20 7492 0400
Doughty Hanson received a special judges’ commendation for excellence in both their framework and engagement with portfolio companies.