Ardian was the first private equity firm in France to call for the redistribution of a portion of buyout capital gains to employees of portfolio companies, and therefore consistently seeks to extend portfolio companies' profit sharing mechanisms whenever possible.
Ardian strongly believes that such alignment of interests is a key lever for long term value creation.
Since 2008, Ardian implemented capital gain sharing schemes with 8,200 employees of 16 portfolio companies in over 20 countries, sharing a total of over €19 million.
In 2016, Ardian pursued this pioneering initiative by redistributing a portion of capital gains in three portfolio companies it exited.
For several portfolio companies, Ardian measured the financial impact of specific ESG initiatives on sales and profitability. Impact was significant and further discussed with management teams as part of Ardian's effort to improve ESG practices of its portfolio companies.