Contemporary concerns about environmental and social issues must be considered in connection with questions of corporate governance.
Three main areas of concern have developed as central factors in measuring the sustainability and ethical impact of an investment in a company or business, and this is particularly the case with our activities in Africa with particular reference to our investment profile. There are a broad set of concerns invariably included in the non-financial factors that appear in the valuation of equity, real-estate, company and fixed-income investments.
ESG is the all-enveloping term for the criteria used in what has become known as socially responsible investing. Socially responsible investing, including ESG, is among several related concepts and approaches that influence and, in some cases govern, how asset managers invest portfolios.
In a politically sensitive area like Africa, management of investments is critical, not least to ensure responsible use of resources and to allow us to ensure the most adroit use of the investments and the natural resources made available in Guinea.