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ESG backlash having little effect on ESG and impact priorities for private equity firms

Building financially sustainable businesses has been, and continues to be, the focus of private equity firms.

Private equity firms remain focused on issues that could pose risks or value-creation opportunities for their portfolio companies, says  Elizabeth Ming, ESG audit partner in KPMG’s private equity practice in an interview with Private Equity International Magazine.

Key interview takeaways:

  • The ‘backlash’ isn’t changing business risks and opportunities and the way they are being considered and managed.
  • Sustainability issues such as climate change resilience, disruption caused by shifting consumer demands, and workforce retention continue to be key challenges.
  • The demand in the corporate world for assurance around ESG and impact data is getting close to table stakes, particularly for public companies.
  • There is no question that good data is needed to make informed decisions around the investment thesis – but it’s important to understand exactly what data is relevant.


“We are going to start to see significant effort around the accountability of producing reliable and transparent information.”

Elizabeth Ming

ESG audit partner, KPMG private equity practice

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Read Elizabeth Ming’s interview with Private Equity International.

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Elizabeth Ming
Partner, Sustainability Audit, Private Equity, KPMG LLP
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Global & U.S. Head of Private Equity, KPMG U.S.

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