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Responsible Investing

Responsible investing is our ethos - it makes business sense.

At Ethos, responsibility is at the heart of our private equity investment philosophy. We scrutinise businesses across multiple risk criteria. These include:

  • Corporate Governance
  • Employment
  • Environment
  • Financial & Operations
  • Social & Community

We make investment decisions based on the balance of these elements and our ability to influence positive long-term outcomes.

By successfully addressing business sustainability across our investment cycle, we maximize stakeholder value while enhancing social, environmental and economic development in the broader South African community.

We achieve this by:

  • Growing our portfolio investments through strategic insight, operational effectiveness and capital.
  • Adopting 'best-in-industry' corporate governance and reporting practice.
  • Facilitating greater ownership and participation of black people in the mainstream of the South African economy.
  • Attracting foreign capital to South Africa and the broader sub-Saharan region.

Ethos prescribes to the IFC and World Bank Environment & Social Guidelines in all of its investments. Furthermore, we have adopted the Codes for Responsible Investing in South Africa (“CRISA”). These codes subscribe to the United Nations Principles of Responsible Investing.

Our long-standing core premise is that:

The businesses into which we invest are stronger, more robust, more sustainable and more valuable on exit than they were prior to Ethos’ ownership.