Our CSR policy is fully integrated to Ardian’s activities
Ardian integrates environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria into the whole investment process, from due diligence to investment decision, through holding period and exit.
Consistently with Ardian’s values which is grounded in the deep conviction that the creation of value derives from a combination of investment discipline, long-term partnership with portfolio companies and funds, reasonable use of bank leverage, transparency and the ability to listen to stakeholders, Ardian is committed to act as a responsible company.
■ With regard to investment activities, this translates into a mainstream approach of responsible investment.
ESG criteria is therefore considered in all of its funds and at all stages, from due diligence to ownership and exit.
In addition to this mainstream approach, Ardian applies a negative screening approach and strictly avoids investing in companies that operate in sectors it considers unethical, such as firearms and Tobacco.
■ At the corporate level, this commitment translates in initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of Ardian activities and to favor the development of long term fruitful relationships with employees, clients, suppliers and the whole society.
On a daily basis, investment professionals and support functions are responsible for implementing ESG-related initiatives within their sphere of operations. The CSR Officer, together with the firm's CSR Committee, monitor progress, provide support and develop implementation tools on ESG-related matters.
Ardian is an active member of the UN PRI since 2009. Its CSR commitment is formalize in its CSR charter, published in 2009.
Ardian has been GIPS certified since 2004 (confirming quality and transparency of reporting) and SSAE 16 certified (confirming efficiency of internal controls and processes). This is a testament to the firm’s high governance standards and processes.