Responsible Investing

WestBridge understands the importance of responsible investing in creating and protecting value.

A strong approach to environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters delivers sustainable growth at portfolio companies and enhanced returns for investors.

WestBridge is a signatory of the UNPRI and actively incorporates ESG values, policies and procedures internally and across our portfolio of companies.

ESG is incorporated into our investment process – from origination and deal execution to portfolio management and exit.

Our aim is to create long-term value and protect value leakage for all stakeholders.  By identifying ESG opportunities – and risks – and effectively managing them, we can generate sustainable growth within our portfolio companies.

This approach improves the impact our investments have on the economy, society and the environment.

Principles for responsible investment logo

 
Benefits of implementing ESG practices
  • Increased top-line growth through more sustainable products and services
  • Improved employee engagement and talent attraction
  • Operational efficiencies and cost savings
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Risk identification and management
  • Enhanced brand reputation
WestBridge approach to ESG
  • Clearly defined ESG strategy
  • ESG diligence incorporated into investment process
  • Team trained in ESG best practice
  • Constant monitoring and data capture across entire portfolio
  • Transparent quarterly reporting to investors
  • ESG advocate on each portfolio board ensures ESG is always on the agenda
  • Procedures and policies constantly monitored and benchmarked
  • Performance metrics include ESG
 

ESG across our portfolio


k

individuals provided with healthcare services

new jobs created since investment

£m

in salary, bonus and pension paid to portfolio companies’ staff

%

EBITDA growth across the Fund II portfolio

£m

value of contracts delivered to UK government bodies in 2021

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increase in staff with disclosed disabilities since investment

*Data for 12 months to 30 September 2021

 
Environmental

By helping companies identify operational improvements, such as better management of their resources and supply chain, we help them become more efficient and minimise their impact on the environment.

Social

By assisting companies to operate ethically, safely and with respect for employee health and wellbeing, we help them create supportive and productive environments that retain and attract top talent.

Governance

By encouraging companies to implement policies and processes that improve critical business functions, we help them comply with the law and make decisions that meet the needs of all stakeholders.

 

ESG in action


 

Apem

Aptus - So far in 2021, the business has recruited 13 apprentices across business administration, finance and multi-utility. In addition, the business has 22 individuals on structured Individual Learning Plans to ensure that junior staff are receiving regular training and development.

Channel 3 Consulting

Bespoke - As the NHS comes under pressure during the winter months and labour shortages are felt across the healthcare industry, Bespoke is focussed on building capacity in order to give the NHS faster solutions in more areas across the UK.

Wilcomatic - Water recycling systems have now been installed at 60% of Wilcomatic’s supermarket car wash locations - on average, these systems recover 70-75% of water used.