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Our approach to

Responsible investing

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Responsible investing has long been an important part of our ethos and culture

Growth Lending plugs an important gap in the SME funding ecosystem, where other funding sources are either not available or not fit for purpose.

Our approach leads to increased business investment, which has a direct impact on the creation and sustaining of skilled and highly skilled jobs across the regions of the UK, as well as investment in technology infrastructure and the expansion of UK firms into a global marketplace.

Adopting Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance

We became a signatory of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in October 2019; our investment approach incorporates ESG-specific due diligence, ongoing monitoring and a three-part screening process, which, wherever possible, is underpinned by objective data.

In doing so, we have implemented the recommendations provided by the ESG Data Convergence Initiative (EDCI). These align leading global asset managers and investors to a standardised set of ESG metrics and a mechanism for comparative reporting.

Alignment with the United Nations

We incorporate the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into our approach, focusing primarily on three of the SDGs where we believe we can have the greatest impact:

Gender equality

Sustainable Development Goal 5:

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

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Decent work and economic growth

Sustainable Development Goal 8:

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

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Reduced inqualities

Sustainable Development Goal 10:

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

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The Growth Lending approach

To discover more about our approach to responsible investing and the steps we are taking at to ensure that we, and all our portfolio companies, are aligned to the values laid out above, read our inaugural Responsible Investment Report.

Download a copy below.

Organisations that share our values