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Groupe Bruxelles Lambert SA

PRI reporting framework 2020

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Pre-investment (selection)

PE 05. Incorporating ESG issues when selecting investments

05.1. During due-diligence indicate if your organisation typically incorporates ESG issues when selecting private equity investments.

05.2. Describe your organisation`s approach to incorporating ESG issues in private equity investment selection.

GBL conducts into in-depth analysis of new investments notably under the ESG angle as part of GBL’s strategic investment criteria, with the aim to identify risks as well as opportunities.

In terms of ESG risk assessment, negative screening is conducted with the aim to exclude companies that do not comply with GBL’s responsible management philosophy, including its Code of Ethics and its ESG Statement. In this context, GBL will ascertain whether practices in relation to environmental, social and governance responsibility are consistent with international standards.

Positive screening of investment opportunities consists in taking into account ESG-related tailwinds forming part of GBL’s investment mandate.

Both screenings are based on due diligence work carried out by third party ESG specialists, as well as on research reports provided by independent tier 1 ESG-rating providers. Due diligence scope varies according to the business nature of the considered investment target and may include:

  • from an environmental perspective: Resource efficiency, pollution prevention and management, ecosystems and biodiversity, climate change, environmental supplier and procurement standards, environmental product responsibility, etc;
  • from a social and governance perspective: Labor rights and working conditions, human rights and livelihoods, social supplier and procurement standards, business ethics and governance, customer and product responsibility, etc.

GBL thus invests in companies that share its principles and commitment with regards to the imperative need to behave responsibly and ethically as well as serve the whole of the community.


05.3. Additional information. [Optional]

PE 06. Types of ESG information considered in investment selection

06.1. Indicate what type of ESG information your organisation typically considers during your private equity investment selection process.

06.2. Describe how this information is reported to, considered and documented by the Investment Committee or similar.

GBL incorporates the analysis of ESG aspects into its investment process with the aim to identify companies with sustainable business models over the long term. GBL believes that ESG compliance and commitments are drivers of sustainable growth and ultimately of long- term value creation for any company, and consequently contribute to maximizing its investments’ performance over the long run.

PE 07. Encouraging improvements in investees (Private)

PE 08. ESG issues impact in selection process (Private)