Each portfolio company has personnel responsible for ESG. These people oversee ESG aspects by managing the Social and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) that have been implemented. This includes assessing and updating ESG risks, reviewing and implementing procedures, and collating and reporting ESG data to senior management and the General Partner. SilverStreet oversees all ESG implementation across all portfolio companies.
Managing all the aspects relating to ESG is beyond one person’s task alone. Each company has an organogram showing how management of ESG is divided between roles. Going through this exercise helps management understand that ESG really is all about risk management, and that it’s everyone’s responsibility.
On-the-ground training continues to take place with all management responsible for ESG and any new key personnel. Topics include: an overview of ESG; the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standards; the Fund’s Responsible Investment Code (RIC); Social and Environmental Management System (SEMS) adaptation and implementation; monthly reporting and stakeholder engagement; and discussions to ensure understanding of all actions in Environmental and Social Action Plans. Online training in ESG risk assessment and management, such as those provided by the IFC and World Bank, are very useful. Most people in ESG roles have completed online training courses in the last year.