Paine Schwartz Partners has a longstanding, well-documented record of integrating Environmental, Social, and Governance considerations at both the firm and portfolio company-level.
We are committed to addressing real, imminent challenges in the global food and agribusiness sector by championing companies that deliver innovative and meaningful solutions that support:
Paine Schwartz is a proud signatory to the Principles for Responsible Investment, the global leading proponent of incorporating ESG factors in investment decisions and processes.
As a signatory, we commit to taking active ownership of ESG integration into our policies and practices, reporting on our activities and advancements within the firm and portfolio-level, and promoting conscientious investment practices throughout the investment management industry. Together with other PRI signatories, we continue to align our investment activities with our companies, our communities, and our climate.
ESG and sustainability are key themes underpinning the global food and agribusiness sector. Paine Schwartz adopts a thesis-driven approach to investing that includes careful consideration of these factors. Due diligence and screening processes are conducted alongside a third-party expert to properly assess any potential ESG risks and value creation opportunities.
Following the investment, our team monitors all portfolio companies to track progress while partnering closely with management teams to support initiatives and implement a strong corporate responsibility culture within the company.
In addition to monitoring and reporting on year-over-year portfolio company ESG metrics, Paine Schwartz also consolidates that data into actionable items to drive ESG achievements for companies. Our objective is to ensure that over the hold period, real measurable changes are made in terms of improving our sustainability footprint in ways that are consistent with driving returns.
At the time of exit, Paine Schwartz ensures that companies have fully integrated ESG frameworks that will remain intact during the period of transition. Potential issues are proactively addressed prior to exit, and significant value enhancement opportunities are identified for the road ahead.
The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal set of 17 objectives, targets, and indicators designed as a blueprint to achieve a better, more sustainable future for all. Please download Paine Schwartz’s annual Sustainability Report for further detail on the alignment between our portfolio companies and the SDGs.
While the food and agribusiness sector offers key solutions to meeting the second SDG, Zero Hunger, our portfolio companies address the large majority of the SDGs.
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all.
Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all.
Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation.
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development.
Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably mange forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss.
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.
As investors in food and agribusiness, we invest in people: the people who make our business, the people who power our portfolio companies and the people our products and operations impact.
At Paine Schwartz Partners, we are committed to attracting and retaining the broadest talent, welcoming diverse perspectives and celebrating transparency. This cultivates an inclusive and respectful work environment where employees bring their true self to work every day.
We believe fostering diversity, equity and inclusion improves collaboration and decision-making, nurtures a sense of shared environment, and ultimately results in better investment outcomes.