Exploring Social Factors in African PE and VC
Socially responsible investing has increasingly been identified as a challenge in ESG investing which may be attributed to confusion around its definition, compounded by scarcity in quantitative data and different regulatory approaches. Fund administrators are increasingly calling for a social taxonomy to help them define and measure social risk in their investments with an indication that this may be far from available. In recognition of the complexity associated with the ‘S’ in ESG, this session recaps prevalent and emerging social issues, including the human rights-based approach that includes gender mainstreaming, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), child labour and modern slavery at workplaces and in local communities in which investments operate. Approaches to comprehending pertinent social issues relevant to fund administrators. Portfolios and applying appropriate tools towards regulatory compliance and good practice are discussed.
- Angela Mwenda, Principal E&S Consultant, IBIS Consulting
- Teddy Deroy, Director, IBIS Consulting