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Responsible Investment Awards

The BVCA Responsible Investment Awards are Europe’s only awards which recognise and celebrate outstanding Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices within private equity and venture capital.

Now in their eighth year we have seen a continued improvement of the impressive work submitted in previous years, demonstrating the growing commitment to responsible investment across our industry, both at LP, GP and portfolio-level.

Responsible Investment Awards 2018

The BVCA Responsible Investment Awards are an opportunity for firms and their portfolio companies to be recognised for strong efforts made to progressing on their ESG journey.


Award Categories

This year 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. Responsible Portfolio Company Award (open to any portfolio company backed by a BVCA member)

Submission Guidance

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 is by no means exhaustive – you do not need to address every aspect and we encourage you to provide evidence on any other aspects that are 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:

  • How responsible investment is embedded at the firm level, including why it is important to the firm, existence of an ESG policy, and commitment by senior management
  • How ESG is considered as part of origination and due diligence
  • Regularity and depth of post-acquisition / funding engagement with portfolio companies / GPs on ESG matters
  • Evidence of ESG reporting to LPs / investors or other stakeholders (formal or informal)
  • Examples of value creation at exit / capital distribution due to ESG engagement
  • Support for external initiatives such as the PRI

Please provide a one page summary addressing the above criteria accompanied by any relevant documented evidence.


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 involvement from a BVCA member at some point during 2017 is eligible for this award. The judges will consider submissions against the following criteria:

  • How responsible investment is embedded within the portfolio company, including the existence of an ESG policy and commitment by senior management
  • How ESG is considered as part of the portfolio company’s day to day commercial activities
  • Evidence of the portfolio company seeking to minimise negative ESG impacts
  • Examples of positive impacts on the environment, workplace, marketplace and/or community
  • Evidence of engagement on ESG with wider stakeholders (including employees, suppliers, customers, local communities and/or investors)

Please provide a one page summary addressing the above criteria accompanied by any relevant documented evidence.

Awards Selection Process

All submissions should be emailed to responsibleinvestment@bvca.co.uk

Winners will be selected in early October by an independent judging panel

The 2019 BVCA Responsible Investment Award will be presented at the BVCA Annual Summit on 12 October 2019 in London.

 

2018 Winners

  • Firms with less than £1bn under management
    Winner: Mayfair Equity Partners

  • Firms with more than £1bn under management
    Coller Capital

  • Responsible Portfolio Company Award
    Winner: Future Industrial Services, backed by NorthEdge Capital

Year
2017

  • Outstanding Individual Contribution
    Winner: Marta Jankovic, APG Asset Management, and Chair, Invest Europe

  • Overall ESG Framework - firms with less than £1bn under management
    Winner: ETF Partners

  • ESG Engagement with Portfolio Companies - firms with less than £1bn under management
    Winner: Lyceum Capital

  • Overall ESG Framework - firms with more than £1bn under management
    Joint winners: Ardian and Church Commissioners for England

  • ESG Engagement with Portfolio Companies - firms with more than £1bn under management
    Winner: Ardian

  • Responsible Portfolio Company
    Winner: Frontier Medical Group

2016

2016 Winners

  • Outstanding Individual Contribution
    Winner: Beth Houghton, Partner, Palatine Private Equity

  • Overall ESG Framework - firms with more than £1bn under management
    Winner: Hermes GPE

  • ESG Engagement with Portfolio Companies - firms with more than £1bn under management
    Winner: KKR

  • Overall ESG Framework - firms with less than £1bn under management
    Winner: Bridges Ventures

  • ESG Engagement with Portfolio Companies - firms with less than £1bn under management
    Winner: NorthEdge Capital

2015

2015 Winners

  • Overall ESG Framework & ESG Engagement with Portfolio Companies
    Firms with more than £1bn under management
    Winner: Apax


  • Overall ESG Framework & ESG Engagement with Portfolio Companies
    Firms with less than £1bn under management
    Winner: Palatine Private Equity

2014

2014 Winners

  • Demonstration of active portfolio ESG engagement & Demonstration of an ESG framework at firm level
    Firms with more than £1bn under management
    Winner: Terra Firma


  • Demonstration of active portfolio ESG engagement
    Firms with less than £1bn under management
    Winner: Palatine Private Equity


  • Demonstration of an ESG framework at firm level
    Firms with less than £1bn under management
    Winner: NorthEdge Capital

2013

2013 Winners

  • Demonstration of active portfolio ESG engagement
    Firms with more than £1bn under management
    Winner: The Carlyle Group


  • Demonstration of active portfolio ESG engagement
    Firms with less than £1bn under management
    Winner: Palatine Private Equity


  • Demonstration of an ESG framework at private equity firm level
    Firms with more than £1bn under management
    Winner: HgCapital


  • Demonstration of an ESG framework at private equity firm level
    Firms with less than £1bn under management
    Winner: Palatine Private Capital


Doughty Hanson received a special judges’ commendation for excellence in both their framework and engagement with portfolio companies.

2011

2011 Winners

  • Inaugural Winner: Doughty Hanson


  • Special Commendations

    KKR
    Bridges Ventures
    BC Partners

2012

2012 Winners

  • Overall Winner: Permira


  • Commended for leading role: Bridges Ventures

Year