Supporting Young Entrepreneurs

LDC’s partnership with The Prince’s Trust recently celebrated its fifth anniversary. To mark this important milestone, we worked with the UK’s leading youth charity to design and develop ‘Enterprise Advance’ – a comprehensive package of support and funding to help young entrepreneurs sustain and grow their businesses, recognising the important role they play in the future of the UK economy.

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4x The businesses we’ve supported since 2012 have grown 4x
more than the national average.
>100 Towns and cities across the UK that LDC-backed businesses operated from since 2012.
64% The average headcount growth during our partnership for the businesses we’ve exited since 2012.
40 LDC was named as a Future 40: ESG Innovator and Future 40: Climate Change Champion lists by Real Deals.
10,000 The number of young entrepreneurs we’ll support through our 5-year partnership with The Prince’s Trust.
60% The percentage of the 30 new employees that joined LDC during 2022 who are diverse.

Committed to Responsible Investment

We’ve always believed investing should be responsible – since 1981 our portfolio businesses have created thousands of jobs and huge economic value. Today, ESG is an essential part of how we operate. It’s not only the right thing to do but makes clear commercial sense. Increasingly consumers and customers expect businesses to act in a way that protects the environment and treats people fairly, with robust governance in place. Our nine-point ESG plan lays out how we make it happen.

Environmental

  • We will ensure our own operations are net zero by 2030

  • We will support our portfolio companies to reduce their emissions by 50% by 2030, on a path to net zero by 2050 or sooner

Social

  • We are proactively addressing diversity and inclusion in our own business and across our portfolio

  • We will extend our charitable commitments, contributing £5m over the next 5 years – extended from £2.5m in July 2022

  • We will continue to invest in regional economies through our portfolio and employee base

  • We will increase our support for the UK mid-market, investing in at least 100 companies in the next 5 years, helping them to increase job creation by 60%

Governance

  • We continue to champion the principles of good corporate governance at LDC and across our portfolio

  • We are training employees and portfolio companies on ESG-related matters

  • We will further embed ESG into LDC’s strategy, policies and core business processes

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We have an important role to play at a critical time for the economy. Through our investment activity and portfolio support, we have the ability to positively influence the environmental, social and governance contribution of the businesses we back, which is a responsibility we take seriously.”

Toby Rougier, Chief Executive
LDC

Helping Our Portfolio to Grow Sustainably

The biggest ESG impact we can have is through the investments we make. We actively support our portfolio companies on their ESG journey at every stage of the investment lifecycle – helping them to grow sustainably, build their resilience and successfully transition to a low carbon economy.

  • We carry out ESG due diligence as standard for all new investments. Working with trusted ESG partners to identify key risks and value creation opportunities

  • Using our in-house ESG Framework, we create a practical improvement plan. We refresh this annually to create a culture of continuous support

  • We take advantage of our scale and experience to drive value. For example, supporting energy efficiency initiatives, installing renewables or helping with B Corp certification

  • We regularly share updates on new regulations and emerging ESG trends through events and communications to help keep our portfolio companies on the front foot

  • Working with management teams throughout our partnership, we help formalise their ESG improvements to maximise valuation on exit

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LDC’s partnership with sustainability advisory firm Seismic

With businesses increasingly seeking ways of showcasing their ESG credentials, Alex Bexon, LDC’s ESG Director and Amy Bourbeau, Co-founder of sustainability advisory firm Seismic explain the role of B Corp and how LDC’s partnership with Seismic will support our portfolio companies pursuing the certification.

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Investing in a Better Future

LDC continues to invest in businesses that put ESG at the heart of their growth strategies, in addition to investing directly in businesses focused on positive change.

Memberships,  Accreditations and Awards

Real Deals, the independent voice of European private equity, named LDC in its Future 40: ESG innovators list, in recognition of our efforts to champion ESG excellence, and in its Future 40: Climate Change Champions list, in recognition of our commitment to sustainable investing.

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LDC is a member of the Initiative Climat International (iCI), a global, practitioner-led community of private markets investors that seek to better understand and reduce carbon emissions in their portfolio.

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We are proud to be a committed member of the ESG Data Convergence Initiative (EDCI), an industry-led initiative which aims to streamline the private investment industry’s historically fragmented approach to collecting ESG data and to create a critical mass of meaningful, performance-based, comparable ESG data from private companies.

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We are supporting Level 20 – a not for profit organisation dedicated to gender diversity in private equity. Level 20’s ambition is to inspire women to join the private equity industry and help them succeed. We share this ambition, and we are committed to making this happen at LDC.

We are supporting the #10000blackinterns programme. The initiative offers internships in financial and professional services to black students across the UK to help kickstart their careers in the sector. We have provided paid summer internships every year since the programme was launched.

We are helping our employees gain the skills and knowledge to integrate ESG into everything that we do across our business and our portfolio. They have all completed The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s online ‘Sustainability Essentials for Business’ course.

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Giving Something Back

We support good causes close to the heart of our employees across all of our offices. In 2023, our teams contributed to fundraising and donations totalling £1.1m to community causes.