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Just how important are environmental, social and governance factors in driving value? Very, suggests ERM’s latest survey of worldwide investors.

Seventy percent of respondents told us that ESG opportunities and risks have a material impact on their investments. Interestingly, over 95 percent of the 60 general partners (GPs) and limited partners (LPs) interviewed believe there is significant untapped value from ESG within their portfolio companies. The respondents from 17 countries represent $1.3 trillion in private equity assets under management.

The survey comes as pressure on private equity firms continues to grow as the expectations of LPs advance beyond simply looking for ESG policies as part of a compliance-oriented data gathering exercise.

In conversations with private equity clients after publishing the survey results, we found that many deal teams and ESG practitioners want to hear more about how environmental, social and governance factors are being used to realize value.

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