20 Feb '12, 4pm

Sustainability Boosts Returns for Private Equity Funds, Part II

Sustainability Boosts Returns for Private Equity Funds, Part II

Incorporate Sustainability Services into Operational Teams – Many private equity funds have operational teams dedicated to assisting portfolio companies with everything from sourcing to sales. By focusing on resource efficiency, these teams can help their companies cut costs. By wielding this approach, KKR helped portfolio company US Foods to avoid $30.6 million in energy and fuel costs between 2008 and 2010 while saving the same GHG emissions as almost 6 million propane cylinders for home barbeques. Engage External Experts – As keen spotters of growth opportunities, GPs know when to engage experts who can assist portfolio companies in integrating business process improvements. Specialist consultancies assist funds with a range of such services from lean manufacturing to enterprise resource planning. Recognizing that resource efficiency is becoming a material element of op...

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