We take responsibility to act sustainably in our interaction with business partners, companies and their employees.
We are deeply convinced that non-financial criteria, especially ESG factors, can have a significant impact on long-term shareholder value. For this reason, we consider it not only our personal responsibility but also in the best interest of our investors to consider ESG factors in investment decisions as well as in the development of effective value creation plans, thereby systematically creating sustainable value and reducing business risk.
UN PRINCIPLES FOR RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT
We are a signatory of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (“PRI”) with the aim of better understanding the impact of investment activities on environmental, social and governance issues. We believe that actively addressing ESG issues can positively influence the performance of companies. The application of the PRI supports us in aligning the objectives of investors with the broader goals of society.
IN SUPPORT OF WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT PRINCIPLES
The WEPs are a set of principles created by UN Global Compact and UN Women. They provide guidance to companies on how to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community. At Sophora, we want to go beyond promoting gender equality in the workplace and promote diversity in all areas where we can make an impact from an investor’s perspective. As such, our Female Empowerment strategy is a key component of Sophora’s value creation, ESG and investment approach. We are committed to increasing diversity and inclusion not only in our portfolio companies, but also among our investors and in the private equity industry itself.