While nine months ago (see my earlier piece), many VC funds wouldn’t even have known what ESG might mean for them, there has been a wave of initiatives going through the industry recently. In general, ESG stands for environment-social-governance and comprises a set of principles that touches on issues from the well-known DEI and board structures to labor relations, supply chain, data ethics, environmental impact and legal requirements. Unlike impact investing, which is squarely focused on the (external) effects of a business, ESG concerns mostly internal practices and processes that could support both a fund and its portfolio companies to…

Dr Johannes Lenhard

Writing on the ethics of venture capital @Cambridge_Uni; visiting Stanford and NYU; former: PhD on homelessness at Cambridge, MSc at LSE, BA at ZU

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