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LGT report: Time to raise ESG bar for European PE-managers

LGT Capital Partners has been following private equity managers in the US, Asia and Europe over the last five years. The alternatives specialist's latest report finds PE managers taking ESG more seriously -- particularly in Europe.  Now it's time to raise the bar, says LGT.

Keimpe Keuning here seen speaking at Nordic Investment Forum 2018 about ESG in Private Equity | Photo: Jan Bjarke Mindegaard

Getting involved with a private equity (PE) firm is not just a casual fling. The average holding period for a PE firm is 5.5 years, compared to less than a year for NYSE-listed equities. This is why PE and responsible investing is a match made in the most technologically-advanced dating portal.

From an ESG (environmental, social and governance) point of view PE has been behind the curve for a number of years, but is now starting to catch up with other asset classes such as equities and bonds.

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