Infravia Capital Partners Sustainable Charter
Sustainable development is at the core of Infravia Capital Partners activity : as an infrastructure fund management company, our mission is to address the needs of investors looking for regular and predictable financial returns over a long-term investment period. Infrastructure projects contribute to the economic development of local communities and generate local employment whilst taking environmental considerations into account. As investors in such projects, we are naturally led to act responsibly and to show commitment to the sustainable development principles.
Improving sustainable development practices reinforces long-term value creation : The infrastructure assets in which we invest have a lifetime spanning several decades. We believe that improving environmental, social and governance criteria addresses our sustainable development responsibilities at the same time as focusing on the risk profile and profitability of these assets.
1 - Following sound governance practices : A strict governance process is applied at both investment and management stages: Our investment decisions are initially made by an independent investment committee, seeking either internal or external specialist input on a case-by-case basis as required (sector-specific, financial, legal or industrial). As hands-on investors, we ensure that a suitable governance structure is in place, in line with the interests of the project and of our partners.
2 - Optimizing social impact and respecting human capital : As investors, we foster the development of local communities with regard to both public and private counterparties and human capital: We invest in essential infrastructure that contributes to the area’s socio-economic development programme and promotes local employment. Our projects comply with the 8 fundamental conventions drawn up by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). We ensure that sound business practices are systematically applied (regulatory compliance to prevent conflicts of interest, corruption, money laundering, etc.) and that a constructive working relationship is established with all stakeholders involved in our projects. We believe that all counterparties stand to gain from a private investment scheme, particularly when ensuring that costs and deadlines are met on construction sites and that maintenance standards are upheld.
3 - Taking care of the environment : Our environmental strategy is two-fold: control and reduce any costs to the environment; and promote high added-value environmental solutions. We strongly believe in reducing the environmental impact of the assets we finance (lowering CO2 emissions and other polluting substances in the air or water; mitigating any visual or sound pollution; optimizing energy or water consumption; preserving biodiversity). These efforts are coordinated at both construction and operation stages and in compliance with our counterparties’ own principles. We support the renewable energy production and distribution industries by financing these sectors, using these energy sources in our own projects, and by fostering energy savings.
Implementation of the Charter : the Charter applies broadly across our investment process, committing us to our sustainable development responsibilities and ensuring that we address these environmental, social and governance matters throughout the lifecycle of our investments. The Charter applies to the analysis of investments, the management of assets, and the reporting to investors, shareholders and stakeholders.