HPE Growth

HPE Growth follows it’s intention and mission to leverage its position as a technology investor to influence better and positive outcomes. HPE believes in the power of technology as a contributor to solutions for current environmental and social issues.

 

 

Our Beliefs

 

As a responsible investor, we experience the roll-out of (digital) technology as an opportunity to contribute to a more sustainable, secure and honest future.

HPE seeks to deploy institutional capital to invest and grow strong companies that foster innovation, equality and decent work and economic growth through their products and services. In addition, these companies are committed to reducing climate change, improving health and education.

We believe that there is a strong link between effective ESG integration and improved welfare of companies and society. Applying ESG principles and goals should not only lead to better long-term financial returns, but also a closer alignment between the objectives of institutional investors and society at large.

To emphasize the importance, it places in ESG, HPE has committed itself to be a signatory to the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) since 2009 and is in the process of receiving its B Corporation certification.

In addition to above SDGs HPE has a clear ambition to make a difference on the following SDGs

      

 

Our Focus

 

Supporting the management teams of our portfolio companies in accelerating growth depends almost entirely on the performance of its people. We therefore consider it our duty and responsibility to promote diversity, inclusion and equality within our portfolio companies, as well as help to create a happy, secure and integer workplace.

Many studies show that companies that have a diverse and inclusive team have the best access to talent, operate more effectively, and inspire employees to perform their best. HPE practices this belief in its own firm and considers this key for any of its portfolio companies.

Employers that provide a safe, healthy and stimulating work environment will see that sickness rates and staff turnover are lowest in their industry. It will also be in a better position to make a positive impact on society.

Our Framework

 

HPE developed an internal ESG scoring-card to filter the best investments within the industry. The scoring-card forms a key component in the decision making around doing an investment.

Simultaneously the scoring-card provides a tool to review, track and monitor the ESG progress made throughout the investment lifecycle linked to the Sustainable Development Goals. The data gathered on ESG throughout the investment lifecycle includes the Principal Adverse Impact indicators and is used to continuously / periodically provide feedback to our portfolio companies on how they can enhance their ESG performance.

The ESG performance is reported to our stakeholders in an annual impact report, which provides insight into the progress we are making on our believe that technology is a big part of the solution for current environmental and social problems.

Our Commitment

 

HPE is committed to integrating ESG across all four stages of the investment cycle:

  • Deal sourcing: for each potential investment target HPE is analyzing, the investment team considers ESG risk factors

 

  • Due diligence: HPE uses an internally developed ESG DD questionnaire. ESG expectations are included in the investment agreement with each potential portfolio company and discussed in an investment memorandum

 

  • Portfolio monitoring & engagement: HPE Growth has implemented both ESG and SDG impact evaluation into its investment and monitoring processes

 

  • Exit approach: following the investment horizon, we discuss the success of improvement plans and priorities, along with suggestions on how to continue to improve

 

 

Our references

 

Impact Report

We aim to inform our stakeholders on a regular basis on how ESG matters are developing in our portfolio companies and within our own organization.  This includes the yearly issuance of our impact report, which is shared with our investors and can be requested here.

 

ESG Policy

We thrive to be at the forefront of ESG developments and continuously review and update our ESG policy (Responsible Investment Policy) accordingly. To read our ESG policy, plesae click here.

 

SFDR

HPE Growth B.V. (“HPE Growth” or “HPE”) makes the following disclosures in accordance with the EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (1019/2088) (“SFDR”) when acting as manager under the AIFMD.

 

 

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