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ESG & sustainability

Pursue responsible investing strategies that deliver real value and impact.

Our current economic system has brought unprecedented levels of welfare and prosperity. Yet, in many ways, this has come at a great cost. The time has come to forge a new path; to transition to a more sustainable economy.

At MJ Hudson we believe that this structural shift presents opportunities to asset owners, asset managers and corporates alike, and our ESG and sustainability team support a vast array of clients across the private markets spectrum.

With over 15 years of experience in this space, our international team of highly-skilled consultants provide the necessary expertise required to help your business realise the unique opportunities for value creation associated with this transition.

Click here to visit our ESG Advantage platform.

“As a long-term investor in public companies, understanding sustainability on all aspects and pushing for structural improvements on relevant ESG themes is key for our success. The team at MJ Hudson supported us greatly to develop a methodology for analysing sustainability thoroughly and trained our investment team to integrate this in our way of working."
Teslin Capital Management
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Digital ESG solutions

Delivering MJ Hudson's established ESG assessment methodology and insight framework via our digital platform.

MJ Hudson's digital ESG solutions offer a range of products designed to address the growing and varying needs of investors, asset managers as well as portfolio companies and assets themselves, delivered in an innovative and ready-to-use digital platform.

Utilising a pre-built workflow to identify key themes, and streamline the collection and aggregation of data, the ESG Advantage platform leverages MJ Hudson's proven ESG assessment methodology and insight framework. This enables private market clients to simplify, standardise and streamline ESG assessments, empowering them to identify relevant ESG themes, highlight value creation opportunities and risks and importantly take action and track progress over time.

Our regulatory models help clients understand and adhere to relevant regulatory requirements. Our EU Taxonomy tool calculates an alignment percentage at company and fund level, indicating the proportion of revenue that is derived from taxonomy-aligned activities. We also offer a digital SFDR solution that collects data related to the EU's Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) and produces required disclosures. Finally, a carbon footprinting tool based on the Greenhouse Gas Protocal helps businesses to calculate their scope 1, 2 and 3 carbon footprint and provides guidance and market place partners to support them on their road to carbon neutrality.

Our digital ESG solutions are best suited to clients who are looking to assess, monitor and report on ESG themes with access to our ESG and sustainability experts when needed.

Click here to learn more about our award-winning ESG Advantage platform.

ESG due diligence

Conducting a deep dive on ESG performance and exposure to sustainability risks and opportunities.

Discerning insights into a business' future potential are critical to an investment's success. Now more than ever, the looking glass used to glean these insights must be supplemented with an ESG lens.

Our team of ESG and sustainability experts are experienced in conducting due diligence on companies and funds to rigorously assess current ESG performance and value creation potential. MJ Hudson takes a two-step approach in creating a due diligence report; first focussing on risk assessments pre-closing, followed by the identification of strategic opportunities post-closing.

ESG due diligence can also be carried out on managers on behalf of investors to ascertain whether the manager is practicing what they preach when it comes to investing sustainably.

Our due diligence work is designed to protect your interests, inform your business decisions and ultimately identify opportunities for value extraction through ESG that may have been overlooked or misunderstood.

ESG engagement and monitoring

Engaging with portfolio companies and fund managers to drive progress and value creation through ESG.

One of the most effective ways of driving positive real change is through engagement. In private markets, the opportunity is even more pronounced.

With vast experience to draw upon, our ESG and sustainability team ensure that the most material considerations for your business are focussed on. In doing so, we can help you determine the optimal approach for your portfolio, driving sustainable change, meeting regulatory requirements and satisfying stakeholder demands.

With a robust monitoring programme in place to identify exposures and opportunities, the positive outcomes sought by engagement activities are enhanced further still, and your portfolio will benefit from a more sustainable ESG profile.

ESG insights and training

Sharing our expertise and providing you with the tools to upgrade your ESG knowledge.

The ESG landscape is constantly changing, and so is the relevance of it to your business.

If knowledge is power, then education around incorporating ESG into daily decision-making will be a crucial step in preparing your business for the advent of a more sustainable future. With over 15 years experience in private markets and ESG, MJ Hudson's ESG and sustainability experts are well-equipped to provide your business with tailored training that will focus on what matters most to your business and your stakeholders.

Whether you are only just beginning your journey or are looking for ways to upgrade your existing ESG knowledge, we can organise sessions with your team to share our expertise on ESG and sustainability topics, provide guidance on best practices and update with relevant developments in the market.

Dependent on your needs and ambitions, our insights and training are available either as a one-off session or part of an ongoing programme that will help your business remain at the forefront of this ever-evolving topic.

ESG policy and approach

Creating best-in-class ESG policies and frameworks, tailored to your business.

An ESG policy and approach is the foundation upon which your sustainability credentials typically rest, and the anchor to which your performance is tied. As sustainability begins to take center-stage within private markets, it is crucial that investors and fund managers are clearly communicating how ESG is integrated into their business. Defining what ESG means and how it influences the value proposition is of the utmost strategic importance.

Working collaboratively with investors and managers, our ESG and sustainability experts can create bespoke policy documents that reflect each client's ambition level and in-house views on various ESG and responsible investment topics. Based on MJ Hudson's proprietary framework - the 10 common elements of an ESG policy - we can ensure that your approach is aligned with leading frameworks and typical best practice in the industry.

The result is a comprehensive and best-in-class ESG policy that differentiate our clients from peers and future proof their business.

Investor reporting

Producing clear, concise and powerful reporting tools to track and communicate progress on ESG and sustainability.

ESG reporting is not only a powerful tool to track and communicate progress, but an often overlooked method of communicating leadership to your investors.

The investor reporting we typically create, incorporates:

  • a summary of your ESG policies and approach, risk exposures of the portfolio;
  • internal and external benchmarking;
  • ESG assessments of each portfolio company alongside targets and objectives for the coming reporting period; and
  • company best practices supported by case studies

Though this is by no means a one-size-fits-all approach. Each element is tailored specifically to reflect the nuances of your business. Industry standards, for example UN PRI, GRI, SASB, TCFD, or the EU Taxonomy can be integrated to give further guidance to reporting.

Critically, our approach highlights quantitative metrics and KPIs that enhance transparency and lends a greater degree of legitimacy to your businesses commitment to ESG and sustainability.

Utilising MJ Hudson's proprietary data platform, we have optimised and streamlined the data gathering processes, allowing for detailed and tailored information aggregation that leverages off MJ Hudson's established and proven methodologies.

The resulting report will be a comprehensive and holistic document that will act as a one-stop shop for your stakeholders to assess your ESG management and performance.

Standards and regulatory alignment

Providing support in analysis, alignment and implementation related to the EU's Sustainable Finance Action Plan.

MJ Hudson's regulatory solutions help private market asset owners and managers to comply and align with the EU's evolving Sustainable Finance Action Plan, particularly in relation to SFDR and the EU Taxonomy.

Our experts can not only help relieve the sustainability-related regulatory burden, allowing our clients to focus on what they do best, but also drive value creation by demonstrating how each business is at the forefront of the latest sustainable investing developments.

Creating robust sustainability-related disclosure policies, assisting with the latest reporting required under SFDR, and assessing portfolio alignment with the EU Taxonomy are just a few examples of the ways we support our clients on their regulatory journey.

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This regulation requires all financial market participants who offer green products (e.g., Article 8 and 9) within the EU to report on the EU Taxonomy alignment of these products from 2022 onwards. Download this guide gain an insight into what you need to know about the EU Taxonomy and how we at MJ Hudson can help you meet its disclosure requirements.
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EU Taxonomy Guide
On 10 March 2021, the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (‘SFDR’) entered into force. Covering any fund manager marketing to or based in the EU, SFDR imposes a range of new sustainability disclosure obligations. Despite the wide reach and significance of this landmark regulation, many are unsure on exactly how SFDR impacts them and what they are now obliged to disclose. This guide explores the aims of the SFDR, as well as explaining, in depth, what information financial markets participants must disclose, where they must do this, and by when.
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EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation: What you need to know
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St. James’s Place
Family offices, foundations, and private wealth
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St. James’s Place
St. James’s Place
Bespoke ESG advisory
St. James’s Place is a FTSE 100 company with £148bn of client funds under management providing a range of wealth management solutions from investments to pensions. Part of their private client offering is Inheritance Tax planning, which involves advising clients on a range of tax-advantaged investment (TAI) products. More and more of these clients were beginning to request products that have strong ESG integration and performance.
The St. James’s Place project was challenging but rewarding. We feel like we have ended up delivering them a very sound end product, which has led to further engagement with the client.
Finlay Taylor, MJ Hudson
Astarte Capital Partners
Institutional investors and advisors
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Astarte Capital Partners
Astarte Capital Partners
ESG & Sustainability consulting services
Astarte Capital Partners is an asset management firm that has established a platform for fund managers focused on sustainable real asset sectors, acting as anchor investor and partner to these specialist emerging managers. Astarte platform members include Yoo Capital Management, a London-focussed real estate manager, SilviPar, a reforestation asset manager based on Paraguay, and SIM, a smart infrastructure manager.
Our work with Astarte and its platform members so far has focussed on laying the foundation for industry-leading ESG policies and processes to complement the inherent sustainability of their investment activities. As our engagement with Astarte comes into its second year, we look forward to continuing working with the platform and its members to further drive progress and value creation for this ambitious client.
Marieke Boudeling, Manager, ESG & Sustainability
NPM Capital
Fund managers
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NPM Capital
Crest Capital Partners
Fund managers
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Crest Capital Partners
Norvestor
Fund managers
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Norvestor
VP Capital
Fund managers
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VP Capital
MJ Hudson’s key strengths compared to other ESG solutions are their expert knowledge, flexibility and accessibility of the team. Together with MJ Hudson, we have created a process to annually monitor the sustainability performance of our investment portfolio. This project has helped us enhance the dialogue with our investments on topics like ESG and Impact. The ESG roadmaps created by MJ Hudson provide us with handles to guide our investee companies in their journey towards becoming more sustainable and future proof; and their quick scans help us to assess the ESG & Impact performance of potential new investments.
Astrid Leyssens, Head of Sustainable Progress, VP Capital
Capvis
Fund managers
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Capvis
Teslin Capital Management
Fund managers
Business development contact:
Teslin Capital Management
As a long-term investor in public companies, understanding sustainability on all aspects and pushing for structural improvements on relevant ESG themes is key for our success. The team at MJ Hudson supported us greatly to develop a methodology for analysing sustainability thoroughly and trained our investment team to integrate this in our way of working.
Teslin Capital Management
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