Our exclusive focus on growth markets makes us distinct from many other investment houses. ESG issues are typically more acute in our markets and therefore it is vital that the material implications for business are understood. We view any ESG shortfalls as opportunities to improve company performance, helping to build more successful, resilient and ultimately more profitable businesses. In turn, these businesses deliver valuable services to society such as more affordable healthcare, financial services for the unbanked, education, energy generation and electricity distribution to power homes and business across an entire country). Our businesses create jobs, strengthen local supply chains creating socio-economic wealth across the value chain and they contribute to national coffers through greater taxes paid. Our responsible investment approach contributes financial value and in tandem delivers significant societal benefits. We strive to monitor and measure both.
Responsible investment is fully integrated into the investment committee process across the pre-investment, post-investment and exit stages of the cycle. Additionally, investee companies are required to formulate and execute a 100 day plan with a specific ESG commitments.
In 2016, Actis updated the Energy Impact Model that Actis developed for the Energy sector in 2010. The model comprises ESG metrics which can be used to measure ESG performance of investments – this enables Actis to track performance of an asset over time and pinpoint where the greatest shortfalls are. Essentially, the model measures the ESG progress Actis makes over the lifetime of its energy investments against a defined set of ESG metrics.
Actis has developed a Business Integrity framework for the healthcare sector. The framework represents the components of best practice. It is based on UK and US anti-bribery and corruption procedures and reflects input from specialist 3rd party advisors.