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Responsible Investment

Vespa Capital is a signatory of the UN Principles of Responsible Investment. We believe we have a responsibility towards society to influence our portfolio companies to act in a socially responsible way.

Responsible Investment

Firms with an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible way of operating significantly de-risk their business model and therefore achieve greater cost efficiencies and profitability, attracting higher valuations at realisation.

Vespa Capital’s policy, in overview, is to:

A: Conduct business in a responsible manner, promoting appropriate environmental, labour and human rights and ethical standards in its portfolio companies and;

B: When assessing potential investments, to consider environment, labour and human rights and ethical issues, as part of its due diligence process.

In determining its policy to responsible investment, Vespa Capital has incorporated the key elements of various international conventions and standards, including the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, to which it has signed up, which relate to its investment strategy.

Our decision making processes and ESG framework for our portfolio companies help to ensure they too act in a responsible manner. These include:

Environmental – Complying with environmental law and limiting energy consumption.

Labour and Human Rights – Complying with human rights practices, considering employee working conditions and avoiding discrimination.

Ethical Factors – Promoting awareness of laws and regulations and avoiding corruption and unethical practices.

Governance – Processes to safeguard any wrongdoing and ensuring our portfolio companies are also acting responsibly.

As part of our broader commitment to society, Vespa Capital is a proud sponsor of the Haller Foundation, a charitable organisation that supports environmentally sensitive and economically sustainable farming in Kenya. Each year, Vespa Capital holds a charity golf day in aid of the Haller Foundation and to date we have raised over £300,000 and helped connect the charity with new donors.

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