Buy-Side Due Diligence for Financial Services Group

Published on Jul 6, 2023

The subsidiary of a prominent, global financial services group with more than €360B in assets under management, this US-based team was in the early stages of developing a value-maximising ESG programme. They wished to begin educating investment professionals on emerging ESG trends, asset class-specific applications and materiality across industries, as well as offer issue- and industry-specific case studies and workshops.

dss+ were asked to develop and deliver custom content to establish foundational knowledge and applied understanding of best practices and begin implementing and scaling the ESG objectives.

dss+ Approach
An in-depth review of policies and tools informed a guided process for identifying potential improvements. Possibilities were demonstrated in real time, using actual tools and processes to address the real-world challenges of each investment team.


Buy-side due diligence around worker health and safety, environmental, and social/DEI risks and opportunities in a renewable natural gas portfolio.


Safety, culture and ESG consulting.


Synthesised expert findings and recommendations into “Red and Yellow Flag” and due diligence reports

Surfaced potential asset integrity issues and recommended actions; highlighted emerging social risks; ranked risks associated with DEI, community relations, and contractor management.

Identified multiple environmental compliance warnings and operating experience gaps to inform the client bid.