Sustainability Report 2018
TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE - Sustainability Report 2018

Sustainable finance

Collaborating with our community for sustainable finance

Ardian has a long history as a pioneering advocate of sustainability in the private Investment industry.

We have helped to lead major industry-wide sustainability initiatives and contributed our expertise as leaders in this field to help codify and promote the guidance on best practice for both GPs and LPs published by the UN PRI. Candice Brenet, our Head of Sustainability, and senior colleagues regularly speak at internat ional events to promote our sustainability vision to a wider audience.

Ardian has been a member of the UN PRI Private Equity Advisory Committee since 2017 and advises the PRI Executive Board on the strategy and execution of the PRI Private Equity work stream. It is composed of signatories that are demonstrating leadership in the implementation of the Six Principles in PE investing. The work stream is at the forefront of exploring the possibilities of ESG integration within PE investing, working with other industry associations to deliver widespread impact.


We achieved industry-leading scores for our Environmental, Social and Governance practices in 2018 from the world’s leading Responsible Investment organization, the UN PRI.


Ardian was rated A+ in five of the six modules it reported on: ESG Strategy and Governance, Direct Private Equity, Direct Infrastructure, Fund of Funds Private Equity, and Fund of Funds Infrastructure.


In the sixth module, Property, Ardian achieved A against a median score of B. These results demonstrate our global leadership in sustainability performance against the most widely followed industry benchmark, and reflects all the hard work we put into effectively embedding sustainability into the full range of our investment activities.


In November 2018, the UN PRI endorsed Initiative Climat 2020 (IC20), the French climate change initiative that Ardian co-founded with four other GPs in 2015, following the COP21 climate change agreement signed in Paris. Since its launch, 27 French private equity companies have joined IC20. By 2020, IC20 signatories are committed to measure the direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions of all portfolio companies in which they hold a significant or majority interest, and to put in place plans to mitigate and reduce them.

At Climate Finance Day in November 2018, the PRI formally backed the IC20 initiative and its chairman, Martin Skancke, urged private equity managers worldwide to adopt it. IC20 is now hosted on the PRI’s online collaboration platform and the PRI is working to raise awareness of it globally.

“IC20 is an effective driver for GPs, alongside private companies, to foster concrete action to preserve the planet.”

Head of Sustainability, Ardian


Ardian is a leading supporter of sustainability initiatives at regional level. Candice Brenet serves as Chairwoman of the France Invest ESG Commission, a national industry organization that includes almost all the private equity, infrastructure and venture capital investment managers operating in France.