Sophora Unternehmerkapital GmbH („Sophora“) is a long-term investor, that is well aware of its environmental, social and governance (ESG) duties towards stakeholders. Accordingly, ESG criteria are taken into account in all investment decisions insofar as relevant for the respective investment. When considering investment opportunities Sophora will conduct an ESG due diligence according to its ESG policy to assess the potential sustainability risks. Sustainability risk under the SFDR means an environmental, social or governance event or condition that, if it occurs, could cause an actual or a potential material negative impact on the value of the investment.
Art. 4 SFDR provides for a framework aimed at achieving transparency with regard to any principle adverse impacts of investment decisions on sustainability factors as defined in the SFDR. For this purpose, financial market participants such as Sophora must disclose certain information (from January 2023 on taking into account the Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS)). Sophora believes that the information provided to them by portfolio companies in relation to the investments is not yet sufficient (in particular with a view to the comprehensive requirements of the RTS) to allow them to do so. Currently, it must be assumed that Sophora does not yet take into account any principle adverse impact of investment decisions on sustainability factors in terms of Art. 4 SFDR. However, Sophora will monitor developments with regard to available information and consider whether it is reasonably possible in the future to disclose the information required by the Art. 4 SFDR-framework (including the future RTS).
According to Art. 5 SFDR financial market participants have to include in their remuneration policies information on how those policies are consistent with the integration of sustainability risks. As a registered AIFM within the meaning of the German Capital Investment Code (KAGB), Sophora does not have a remuneration guideline (remuneration policy) in accordance with the requirements of the KAGB. Accordingly, no information can be provided on the consistency of a remuneration policy with the integration of sustainability risks.