How to Measure and Create Value Through ESG in Private Equity.

ESG has emerged as a dominant theme in listed markets but it has yet to achieve headline status in private markets.

Paul Newsome, Head of Solutions at Unigestion, and Frederick Cobbold of Preqin ESG Working Group, engaged in a lively and informative discussion on how ESG principles are driving meaningful returns in Private Equity. Questions raised included:

• Can ESG data be made useful and can it be linked to performance?
• Is there a trade-off or premium between ESG and returns?
• Which ESG metrics should investors use to track managers?
• Can SDGs be measured and are they relevant to institutional investors?