We build value for the enrichment of society through active ownership

Sustainability is at our core

As active owners, funds managed by CapMan can drive change on a broad scale. Our governing principle is to add to the enrichment of society. This applies to returns from our investments but also to how we make these returns and what the compound effects are for a broad group of stakeholders.

Integrating sustainability factors into general management practices can have a positive material impact on the competitiveness of our portfolio companies. In addition to controlling environmental, social and governance risks, best practices help enhance long-term revenue and reduce costs. Sustainable business practices also help promote customer and employee satisfaction. The integration of sustainability factors also offers companies opportunities for developing new innovative products and processes. Management from a sustainability perspective is an efficient way to reduce costs related to energy consumption or high employee turnover, for example.

Sustainable investment framework

Our approach

We focus on fostering sustainable practices in our activities and the activities of our funds under management. Sustainability factors are considered in investment analysis and decision making. CapMan’s sustainable investment policy describes our approach towards sustainable investment and business practices. It reflects the decision-making and ownership practices applied by the funds managed by CapMan as well as in CapMan’s other investment and advisory activities.

Sustainability policy

Sustainability factors may impact the revenue and cost structure of target investments directly, or have external impacts, such as impacting the quality of life for community stakeholders or perceived value for customers. Accordingly, they also impact return on investment. CapMan strives to integrate sustainability factors with its general core business, creating a strong culture that drives sustainable practices both at CapMan and in its portfolio companies. Please read more about the consideration of adverse sustainability impacts below.

Adverse sustainability impacts

CapMan aims to minimise any burden to the environment caused by its own activities. Examples of measures taken to improve its environmental performance include the usage of green electricity and recycling of office waste. CapMan monitors the regulatory environment and ensures that all portfolio companies and real estate follow applicable environmental legislation.

CapMan strives to promote economic growth by developing businesses, encouraging innovation and enhancing international competitiveness of various industries. Through active ownership of small and mid-sized businesses, CapMan contributes to a diversification of local economies. CapMan’s portfolio companies and real estate follow applicable labour, safety and health regulations and have valid licenses and permits for operations.

CapMan Plc is one of few listed private equity fund management companies in the world. Due to its listed status, CapMan follows transparent communications practices towards its shareholders and fund investors. CapMan Plc’s corporate governance model follows the Finnish Corporate Governance Code for listed companies. As an active owner, CapMan also strives to professionalise the governance models of its portfolio companies through board work.

Adverse sustainability impacts

Signatory of the PRI since 2012

The PRI initiative is an international network of investors working together to put the principles for responsible investment into practice. The initiative aims to help integrate ESG issues into investment practices. Every year the PRI signatories are evaluated against the implementation of these principles in their investment policies and practices. CapMan became a signatory in 2012 among the first private equity firms in the Nordics.

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