CDC has produced case studies of investments where the ESG and financial performance of a company has improved through its approach to ESG issues. For example, CDC's work with Pristine Logistics in India helped the company improve its occupational health and safety practices and overall efficiency. This has led to better outcomes for job quality as well as the overall efficient operations of the company (https://www.cdcgroup.com/en/esg/economic-development-india/).
CDC has also measured cost savings as a result of ESG initiatives in some instances. For example, Rainbow Children's Hospital underwent energy and water use audits with CDC's support, which led to them implementing improvements that reduced their resource use and saved costs. They also became the first hospital in South Asia to receive IFC EDGE certification, which helped establish them as a market leader (https://www.cdcgroup.com/en/esg/direct-equity-investment-india/). Rainbow also installed solar panels at two hospitals, and report to CDC quarterly on cost and energy savings associated with their generation.
To further strengthen its approach to improving financial performance through ESG, CDC produced value creation frameworks in 2014 for sectors such as education and healthcare.
As a DFI, CDC has a public commitment to responsible investment and believes that its approach to ESG due diligence and monitoring improves ESG performance in its investee companies.