An industry guide to ESG metrics developed for the Sustainable Markets Initiative
The Sustainable Markets Initiative (SMI) was launched at the 2020 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos by His Majesty King Charles III, then The Prince of Wales, as a network of global CEOs across industries working together to build prosperous and sustainable economies that generate long-term value through the balanced integration of natural, social, human, and financial capital.
In conjunction with the SMI, the SMI Private Equity Taskforce was formed in 2021 as the first-ever CEO-level private equity working group established to discuss ways the industry can effect change. This taskforce—comprising many of the world's leading private equity firms—leverages expertise from each member firm across three priority areas, including climate change, biodiversity, and ESG-related metrics.
The metrics working group, a subgroup of the wider SMI Private Equity Taskforce, has produced a new cross-industry report, “ESG Metrics in Private Equity,” that offers a fresh perspective and reflects a dynamic way of thinking about the effective use of qualitative and quantitative insights derived from ESG-related metrics. The report also considers how measuring and monitoring these metrics, alongside financial metrics, will further help drive resilience, growth, and value in private markets.
KPMG is a proud supporter of the Sustainable Markets Initiative’s Private Equity Taskforce. Together, we have produced “ESG Metrics in Private Equity,” a practitioner’s guide to the use of ESG metrics.
The ‘ESG Metrics in Private Equity’ report, which leverages deep industry insights balanced with practical recommendations, has been written around the following three constructs:
Designed to be used by all stakeholders in private equity—general partners, limited partners, and portfolio companies, the report is divided into the following key sections: