Industry Task Force

Private Equity Task Force

    About the Task Force

    Private Equity

    The Sustainable Markets Initiative’s (SMI) Private Equity Task Force brings together leading private equity firms to identify ways that the industry can accelerate progress towards a more sustainable future. Focusing on climate change, biodiversity and sustainability-related metrics for private markets, it leverages expertise within each member firm and works with the other SMI Task Forces. 

    The Private Equity Task Force was launched in 2021 and is the first ever CEO-level private equity working group established to consider ways the industry can effect change. 

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    Task Force Objectives

    Accelerating Progress

    With its global presence and operational expertise, the private equity industry is uniquely positioned to advance the transition to a more sustainable future, while working to enhance value and mitigate risk. 

    The Task Force is currently working to identify approaches to: 

    • Integrating climate change-related considerations into the investment process; 

    • Identifying the value of and risks to biodiversity and natural ecosystems and approaches to protecting them; 

    • Bring clarity on sustainability-related metrics for private markets. 

      The private equity industry is increasingly integrating consideration of Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) factors into the investment process. The Task Force’s extraordinary collective reach, together with the operational influence across member firms’ portfolio companies, means private equity is uniquely positioned to help accelerate the transition to a more sustainable future.

      James Brocklebank, Managing Partner & Co-Chair of Advent International’s Global Executive Committee; Chair of the Sustainable Markets Initiative's Private Equity Task Force
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      Membership Composition

      With over $1.5 trillion of assets under management, Task Force members have a powerful platform to drive forward a greater focus on sustainability and ESG. 

      Made up of members from many of the world’s leading private equity firms including: 

        • Advent International

          James Brocklebank

          Managing Partner

        • Apax

          Andrew Sillitoe


        • Bain Capital

          Steve Pagliuca


        • Bridgepoint

          William Jackson


        • Brookfield Asset Management

          Mark Carney

          Vice Chair Brookfield Asset Management and Head of Transition Investing

        • Cinven

          Stuart McAlpine

          Managing Partner

        • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

          Dave Novak


        • CVC

          Rolly van Rappard

          Co-Founder and Co-Chairman

        • EQT

          Christian Sinding

          CEO and Managing Partner

        • General Atlantic

          Lord John Browne

          Senior Advisor and Chairman of Climate & Sustainability Investing

        • Gulf Capital

          Karim El Solh

          Co-Founder and CEO

        • HarbourVest Partners

          Peter Wilson


        • Hellman & Friedman

          Patrick Healy


        • PAI

          Frederic Stevenin

          Managing Partner

        • Permira

          Kurt Björklund

          Managing Partner

        • Towerbrook Capital Partners

          Karim Saddi


        • Triton

          Peder Prahl


        • Warburg Pincus

          Charles ("Chip") Kaye


          Further information

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