During the due diligence process, Bpifrance Investment realizes an ESG report of the entity to be invested in when reviewing the application, by analysing 14 questions in 4 key ESG domains, and by interviewing the entrepreneur on priority stakes according to the activity and the size of the company.
This report helps to:
- locate, if need be, important enough ESG issues not to invest;
- identify some (2 or 4) decisive issues for every invested entity;
- Sensitize managers and arouse an improvement process.
In addition to the risk analysis, this report is used to determine and to implement actions of improvements in cooperation with the entrepreneur. It also helps determining companies’ best practices.
This ESG analysis must be joined to every investment file and is part of the company’s evaluation. This internal approach can be completed for some files with a more exhaustive audit by an external organization.
This report’s conclusions appear in the investment memo which is submitted to the investment committee. The company’s commitment to progress takes shape in a “letter of progress” or in a corporate social responsibility clause (CSR), joined to the shareholder’s pact.
Secondly, throughout the detention of the participation, Bpifrance Investment aim to sensitize and accompany the manager, for a better consideration of the most relevant stakes in sustainable development for the company.
Managers’ support requires a follow-up through a regular dialogue with the investor, in which developments in ESG for the company are noticed.