ESG - Making a difference

Responsible Investment

Mercia has a history of making a difference to the regions and within our communities.

That is as much a representation of our core values, which focus on generating long-term growth and a positive social impact, as it is a financial return motivation.

We believe this is the right thing to do and it is critical to the future of our business. We believe that:

  • Building businesses in a way that is sustainable will build better, more successful businesses;
  • Good ESG performance is associated with better business performance; and
  • ESG issues can have a material impact on our investments and on the communities in which we operate, which, in turn, has a material impact on the risks and opportunities generated by our investment activity.

 

Responsible investment reduces exposure to risk and identifies opportunities to create value

Our ESG Story

Hear from the Chair of our Responsible Investment Committee, Jill Williams, outlining why ESG plays an important role in both the operational running of companies as well as in the investment decisions we make every day.

We are responsible

We incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors while building and managing our portfolio to better identify and manage risk, in addition to creating value and generating sustainable, long-term returns.

A Responsible Investment Committee has been established which shapes and monitors our compliance with ESG policies, and includes both senior leadership and representatives from all areas of the business to ensure that all internal and external stakeholders are represented.

We encourage input from all Mercia employees to ensure ongoing balanced representation.

We are proactive in managing ESG issues and we will monitor the progress and activities of the portfolio companies, to enable reporting in a clear and transparent way as part of the regular reporting process.

Training is provided on an ongoing basis to ensure understanding of all Responsible Investment policies and underlying processes, and to ensure that Mercia is constantly aligned with industry best practice.

Guiding principles

 

We have established 3 guiding principles inspired by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Alongside Mercia’s core values and mission statement, we have been inspired by the UN’s SDGs, a universal call to address the problems faced by humanity. We have identified three guiding principles that we consider particularly meaningful to Mercia’s aims and purpose:

 

 

Sustainable economic growth

  • We deliver investment to the UK’s regions
  • We use technology efficiently to minimise negative environmental impact and avoid waste
  • We promote talent development and support job creation

Reducing inequalities within our communities

  • We adhere to an Equal Opportunities policy and support diversity amongst our team
  • We encourage volunteering and community engagement as demonstrated by Mercia Spirit
  • We engage with outreach programmes within our regions and the investment management industry

Health and wellbeing for all

  • We encourage Mercia employees to engage with physical and mental health and wellbeing programmes
  • We challenge ourselves to maintain a balanced approach between work and life

 

 

 

We will report on our progress and activities towards implementing our Responsible Investment strategy and practice

Our regular reporting procedures will include a review of ESG improvements across the portfolio, as well as our progress towards our own goals.

We intend to use KPIs to measure both our performance and that of portfolio companies, to track progress, and to communicate the results to our investors and other stakeholder communities.

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