Environmental, Social and Governance: A Critical Lever for Private Equity Value Creation

Published on Nov 1, 2022

Private equity investment continues to grow at a brisk pace, particularly in Asia Pacific, where competition is fierce and the pressure to derive ever-greater value out of already deployed capital is intense.

It’s become apparent that no single value-creation strategy assures higher returns. Instead, as Vijayalakshmi Vaithianathan, Investment Professional, and Rahul Mukim, Director, at The Carlyle Group assert, “ESG cannot be looked at in isolation from all the other operational levers that are designed to create value as well, because they’re all interconnected.” A holistic, hands-on approach that is tailored to the individual company or industry has been recognized as more likely to yield the desired results.

Now, as environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters move into the spotlight, the financial impact of companies’ response—or lack of response—to them cannot be ignored. To generate maximum value, ESG should be woven throughout a larger, holistic strategy that comprises risk management, operational efficiency, digitalisation and strategy alignment from the earliest, pre-deal stages and revisited throughout the deal cycle.

ESG Impact:

Powering Positive Change Throughout the Apparel Supply Chain

The company: Trimco is a global supplier of sustainable trims, packaging and care labels for international fashion and sports brands.

Initiatives: A full playbook, including a commitment to sustainable materials, supply chain transparency, human rights and more was developed to make ESG a core part of Trimco’s business. These include:

  • Products and packaging utilize recycled plastic and cotton, biodegradable materials, FSC-certified paper and even vegan leather made from pineapple fibres and apple peels.
  • RFID tags and QR codes help optimize inventory management and supply chain transparency, as well as communicate sustainability claims to brand owners’ end consumers.
  • Renewable energy and waste reduction is implemented for production sites.
  • DEI, health and safety, and talent development programs promote a healthy, engaged workforce.
The result: All wholly owned production sites have adopted Higg Index Sustainable Apparel Coalition standards. Trimco excels at safety and sustainability, and in supporting sustainable supply chains. Today it is recognized as a leader in sustainability best practices.

In this whitepaper, we reflect on value creation from due diligence to exit, why good ESG performance is good business and how maximum value creation begins with total integration and engagement.