1. Future Returns: Private Funds Focused on ESG are Facing Transparency Push

    Future Returns: Private Funds Focused on ESG are Facing Transparency Push

    Private market fund managers increasingly are considering environmental, social, and governance practices when making investments largely because investors are demanding it. This rising demand is, in turn, forcing the opaque world of global private markets to become more transparent, as many investors in these funds are fiduciaries—such as pension funds—with a responsibility to understand what they are investing in, according to Jaclyn Bouchard, head of ESG for Preqin, a London-based data provider to the alternative and private market industry. This focus on ESG factors is making it necessary for private-market managers to provide non-financial information such as greenhouse ...

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    1. They are double-hatting and probably learning along the way as we even define what is ESG in these markets.
    2. Unless there are clear and well-defined standards and definitions, assessing the quality and integrity of ESG commitments will remain a challenge.
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