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Pantheon Ventures

PRI reporting framework 2019

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Promoting responsible investment

SG 09. Collaborative organisations / initiatives

09.1. Select the collaborative organisation and/or initiatives of which your organisation is a member or in which it participated during the reporting year, and the role you played.

Select all that apply

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Pantheon was one of the first private equity investors to sign up to the UNPRI in 2007, and has used these principles as a framework to develop its ESG policy across all its investment activities. Pantheon was a founding member of the PRI Private Equity Steering Committee and only withdrew in 2014 due to a maximum tenure being exceeded.

Pantheon has remained involved in sub-committees and continues to assist the PRI with logistics and speakers at conferences. Jie Gong, a Partner on Pantheon's Asian Investment Team serves on the PRI's Private Equity Advisory Committee.

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Jie Gong, as Head of ESG Committee at HKVCA, organized a seminar for HKVCA members on corporate governance in China with Asian Corporate Governance Association’s Secretary General Jamie Allen as the speaker.

 

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Alex Scott, a Partner on our ESG Committee, is a member of the Invest Europe Responsible Investment Roundtable.

          Pensions for Purpose
        

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting year (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Pantheon has signed up to Pensions for Purpose. Pantheon contributes to this initiative by attending impact summits and making available to affiliate members the content that Pantheon publishes, including CSR/ESG policies and accessible video’s. Influencer members are investment managers involved in impact investment (either for part or all of their business), trade bodies, consultants and others involved in impact investment who wish to post content on our website. Affiliate members include asset owners, government bodies, independent advisers and journalists. Pantheon follows a best practice approach to sharing content with partner organisations and received an inaugural award for Best ESG and RI paper on the Pensions for Purpose platform in 2018.

          EMPEA
        

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting year (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Brian Lim, who heads-up our Asian and Emerging Markets investment activity, is Chair of the Asia Council of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association ("EMPEA") and a member of its Board of Directors. 

Jie Gong as Head of ESG Committee at HKVCA has organized a seminar for HKVCA members on “ESG and SDGs”, with EMPEA’s Steven Okun as the speaker, scheduled on June 3, 2019.

 

          BVCA
        

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting year (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Pantheon was invited to join the BVCA Responsible Investment Group and has subsequently spoken at a UK government event on behalf of the group. Pantheon was also involved in the redesign of the BVCA Responsible Investment Guidelines which have recently been re-issued.

Helen Steers, Pantheon's Head of European Primaries, is a member of the BVCA Board, having served as Chair for 2017/2018.

          HKVCA
        

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting year (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Jie Gong, a Partner in our Asian Investment Team and ESG committee member, is Vice Chairman of the Venture Capital and Private Equity Association ("HKVCA") and in addition founded and chairs HKVCA's ESG committee.


SG 09.2. Assets managed by PRI signatories (Private)


SG 10. Promoting RI independently

10.1. Indicate if your organisation promotes responsible investment, independently of collaborative initiatives.

10.2. Indicate the actions your organisation has taken to promote responsible investment independently of collaborative initiatives. Provide a description of your role in contributing to the objectives of the selected action and the typical frequency of your participation/contribution.

Description

          Jie Gong, a Partner on Asia's Investment Team, promotes a higher standard of ESG adoption in Asia through her role on the HKVCA ESG Committee. The HKVCA inaugural ESG Award of Excellence was awarded in January 2018.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          Jie Gong, a Partner in Patheon’s Asian Investment Team, spoke at the ERM / PRI Responsible Investment Forum as a panelists in August 2018. She also spoke at the AVCJ PRI ESG Forum in November 2018.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          When Pantheon professionals speak at conferences and seminars, they often point to the UNPRI website and the wealth of educational material available.

Pantheon advocates UNPRI as a benchmark for ESG adherence.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          We respond to PRI consultations from time to time.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          Jie Gong is a member of the PRI's Private Equity Advisory Committee.
        

Frequency of contribution

10.3. Describe any additional actions and initiatives that your organisation has taken part in during the reporting year to promote responsible investment [Optional]

Our strong relationships with both GPs and LPs put us in a strong position to promote the importance of ESG risk management. We have worked closely with GPs on a one-to-one basis that need advice and guidance in putting in place a formal ESG programme.

As a leading private equity fund investor Pantheon sits on over 345 advisory board seats of underlying funds. We raise ESG issues at Advisory Board meetings and discuss such issues with the GP and other LPs.


SG 11. Dialogue with public policy makers or standard setters (Private)


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