A message from our CEO
Serving our clients by delivering attractive risk-adjusted returns from private and public credit investments is our most important mission. We believe that a responsible approach to investing that emphasizes a commitment to environmental, social and governance (ESG) management is integral to achieving this objective. Our aim is to understand and manage ESG risks in the same way we understand and manage credit and other risks in our investment process, while looking for opportunities to help create long-term sustainable businesses and optimize our investment outcomes.
The HPS culture is defined by our actions and habits and the cornerstone of our culture is our robust investment process. We believe that mitigating risks and capturing opportunities stemming from ESG factors strengthens this process. It is in this regard that we are pleased to introduce the “HPS ESG Integration Framework”, which outlines our approach to how we integrate ESG considerations into our investment process.
Over the years, in addition to delivering strong performance, we have provided more customized solutions in terms of mandate and structure for many of our clients. We believe this bespoke approach can also be applied to ESG considerations within the structure of this framework. We want to provide our clients with the solutions they seek while understanding and managing the desired ESG impact and opportunities.
The environment we lived through in the first half of 2020 reminds us that the safety and well-being of our employees is critical to our success. Our people are our most important asset; we cannot deliver on our mission or achieve our ESG objectives without them. We strongly believe that cultivating a diverse and inclusive environment where our employees are well looked after and treated fairly is essential to achieving our goals. Moreover, times like these reinforce our belief that active engagement with the community is fundamental to practicing ESG. As such, we are committed to promoting a spirit of giving back to the communities in which we work and live, which this year has included working with local Covid-19 relief efforts and doing our part to promote equality and fight injustice.
The ESG landscape continues to evolve. We aim to be a leader in identifying and capturing the many opportunities in this area so that we continue to be a firm that makes our clients, partners and employees proud. As we move forward, and with the recognition that we have a lot more work to do, we welcome your thoughts.