ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) refers to a set of factors that investors use to evaluate the sustainability and ethical impact of a company’s operations. These are used to assess the broader impact of a company on society and the environment beyond traditional financial metrics.
The “E” in ESG refers to environmental factors, such as a company’s carbon footprint, resource usage, and pollution. The “S”, in turn, stands for social factors, which include employee wellbeing, community impact, and human rights. Finally, “G” refers to governance, such as board diversity, executive compensation, and shareholder rights.
Investors increasingly take ESG factors into account when making investment decisions. This is partly due to a growing awareness of the impact that companies can have on the environment and society, and the potential financial risks associated with these impacts; investors are increasingly interested in aligning their investments with these values by supporting companies that are making a positive impact on the world. Most private equity firms require an ESG strategy to be put in place before or shortly after their investment.
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“We were delighted with the debt advisory support we received from Polestar. We were looking for flexible banking facilities to support the growth of People Value and Polestar lead the identification of several banking partners and supported us in tailoring the facilities“
Acquisition of app-based mental wellbeing support provider to US-based Terryberry
Advised fast-growing ESG consultancy and software provider on partial exit and development capital with funding from Bridges (impact investor), MSCI and Farview
Polestar advised on Sale of Hughes and Salvidge Waste Management Limited
Disposal of this market-leading flexible benefits software business to management - backed by Ethos Partners
Refinancing of eGreen from HSBC to Arbuthnot Latham
Investment in adult education and skills business by Bridge Ventures
Growth capital provided for green building materials business by Octopus Ventures and Clydesdale Growth fund
Debt advisory for Produce World on renegotiation of group facilities
Supported management in raising capital for a local community solar farm
Debt Advisory to buy out minority shareholders, funded by Barclays Bank Plc
Sale of metal recycling business to market leader, European Metal Recycling
Crowd funding of community solar farm
Debt advisory on working capital facility provided by Nucleus Commercial Finance, for green building materials business