Invested in the future
The private sector has an opportunity to make a positive impact on society. Find out with Candice Brenet, our Head of Sustainability, what makes Ardian a leading private investment house building the future in all sectors such as data & artificial intelligence, healthcare and the energy transition.
Sustainability Program and main priorities
Our aim is to maximize Ardian’s positive contribution to society (people and planet) and ensure our company can grow sustainably by incorporating Environmental, Social and Governance considerations into our investment process and throughout our operations. Through our investments and corporate actions, we endeavour to address the four main priorities for Sustainability at Ardian: Climate Change, Diversity & Equal Opportunities, Profit Sharing and Governance & Ethics.
Ardian aims to take a leading role in addressing the global challenge of climate change. We actively support multiple industry-wide initiatives to address this threat and we are committed to helping our portfolio companies identify emissions and carbon trajectories, and develop effective operational plans to reduce their carbon emissions. At the corporate level, climate change is also a source of major concern and several employee-led initiatives are aimed at reducing Ardian’s carbon footprint throughout our offices and operations.
Diversity and Equal Opportunities
We believe greater diversity in our organization will both fulfil Ardian’s social obligations and improve our performance. Our membership of the global Investor Leadership Network represents a public commitment to improve gender balance within Ardian and within our portfolio companies and funds. Beyond gender balance, Ardian is committed to developing and strengthening Diversity and Inclusion throughout our company. We also monitor diversity indicators for our portfolio companies and our Fund of Funds holdings.
Our approach to responsible investment is rooted in the idea of sharing, beginning with our decision in 2008 to share capital gains at exit with all employees of our portfolio companies whenever possible. Through our annual engagement program, we actively encourage all our portfolio companies to establish their own profit-sharing mechanism for employees.
Governance and Ethics
As Ardian’s size and impact continues to grow, so does our responsibility to set the best possible example for our wider community of stakeholders. To ensure this, Ardian favors the appointment of independent members to Management Boards and actively promotes the formalization of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability policies in all our portfolio companies. We also pay close attention to codes of ethics and conduct at both corporate and investment levels.
Collaborating for sustainable finance
Ardian has a full-time team of Sustainability specialists based in Paris and New York, working closely with our Sustainability Committee.
SWEN Capital Partners ESG Best Practice Honours 2019
Ardian received the award in the Multi-Strategy Investment Platform by SWEN Capital Partners at the ESG Best Practice Honours 2019.
Sustainability Risk Policy / PAI Statement
The purpose of the following document is to present:
- How Ardian’s policies integrate sustainability risks into its investment decision-making process in line with Article 3 of the Disclosure Regulation (Regulation EU 2019/2088).
- A statement on the due diligence policies with respect to Principal Adverse Impacts, in line with Article 4 of the Disclosure Regulation (Regulation EU 2019/2088), describing the following elements:
- Information about Ardian’s policies on the identification and prioritisation of principal adverse sustainability impacts and indicators
- A description of the principal adverse sustainability impacts and of any actions taken or, where relevant, planned in this respect
- Brief summaries of engagement policies
- A reference to Ardian’s adherence to responsible business conduct codes and internationally recognised standards for due diligence and reporting and, where relevant, the degree of alignment with the objective of the Paris Agreement.
Indeed, the Disclosure Regulation divides ESG risks into the two following categories:
- Sustainability risk occurs when there is an environmental, social or governance event or situation that, if it occurs, could have a significant negative impact on the value of an investment (financial risk);
- Principal adverse impacts, on the other hand, are the adverse impacts of investment decisions from an environmental, social or governance perspective (non-financial risk).
Ardian Circle - Workshop #1
Ardian Circle is the community of executives and decision-makers from companies in which Ardian invests. Through these meetings, Ardian wishes to support the development of practices that proactively address social and environmental issues as well as transformation challenges that can create value for companies.
Sustainability in the private Fund of Funds market
At Ardian, we put Sustainability at the heart of our daily business to make a positive impact on society while generating excellent financial returns. For more than a decade, Ardian has implemented its Responsible Investment approach across all activities. This comprehensive Sustainability program is led by a team of 5 Sustainability experts working hand in
Sustainability Report 2020
Driver of positive impact
Ardian empowers individuals to collectively create sustainable value for all stakeholders.
Ardian’s Sustainability Report focuses on three key priorities – Impact, Diversity & Equal Opportunities, and Climate – and how Ardian is tackling them within its own operations, through its investments and its portfolio companies.
PRI Transparency Report 2020
This report is an export of the individual Signatory organisation’s response to the PRI during the reporting period specified above. It includes their responses to mandatory indicators, as well as responses to voluntary indicators the signatory has agreed to make public.