In addition to delivering an attractive long-term investment to our investors, infrastructure investments are able to make a positive impact on society. Infracapital’s investment strategies consider the changing needs of society and pursue opportunities that will aim to deliver social and economic good as well as potential returns to investors. We ensure our investment process takes a responsible approach to investing by reviewing potential investments for ESG opportunities and risks. We seek controlling or significant minority stakes in our investee companies so that we can deliver an active asset management approach. This supports our ability to manage ESG issues and risks effectively and improve ESG standards across our investee companies to ultimately enhance value. We ensure strong governance and oversight of our business through regular reporting on relevant KPIs and ESG metrics.
At Infracapital, we have a dedicated Responsible Investment Committee made up of co-founders, Martin Lennon and Ed Clarke, Head of Greenfield, Andy Matthews, Head of Brownfield, Mark Chladek, Head of Asset Management, Wael Elkhouly, Asset Management Managing Director, Stephen Nelson and Responsible Investment Associate, Alexia Savva. The Committee meet quarterly to review adherence to the system and monitor best practice, consistently reviewing opportunities to improve approach.
Infracapital recognise the essentiality of the portfolio continuing to deliver during the COVID-19 pandemic and have worked closely with each company to ensure essential services are maintained without disruption at the same time as ensuring employee health and safety. Our hospital portfolio has been playing its part in the front line response in Italy, while Infracapital’s fibre businesses have been enabling remote working. Infracapital also worked with our portfolio companies to introduce a range of support mechanisms for our consumers and communities, including revised payment terms for those in financial difficulty, community donations and provision of PPE equipment to provide timely support to those in need.
With the fast-pace nature of today’s world, we aim for our ESG approach to be forward-looking and evolving, enabling us to be at the forefront of this global transition.