Changing Attitudes of Stakeholders in Venture Capital ESG

Changing Attitudes of Stakeholders in Venture Capital ESG

Johannes Lenhard

ESG & VC Specialist

We've explored the regulators, LPs and asset owners pushing for ESG in venture capital. What about the founders? Join Johannes Lenhard as he explores the different attitudes between founders, incumbent VC investors and new-generation VC investors when it comes to ESG.

We've explored the regulators, LPs and asset owners pushing for ESG in venture capital. What about the founders? Join Johannes Lenhard as he explores the different attitudes between founders, incumbent VC investors and new-generation VC investors when it comes to ESG.

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Changing Attitudes of Stakeholders in Venture Capital ESG

7 mins 41 secs

Overview

Founders are increasingly riding a general wave of societal shifts towards better business. ESG can be seen as an added requirement or distraction from the goal of survival. However, recent scandals from Uber, Facebook, WeWork, Deliveroo have highlighted the need for stricter considerations of ESG principles. In Europe, VC investors are increasingly aligned around the fact that ESG can’t just be a regulatory requirement. In the US however, heavyweight VCs are so far bluntly not interested in ESG.

Key learning objectives:

  • Outline how founders are pushing ESG

  • Understand how incumbent and new investors are pushing ESG

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Johannes Lenhard

Johannes Lenhard

Johannes teaches and researches homelessness and the social science of venture capital at the Max Planck Cambridge Centre for Ethics, Economy and Social Change at the University of Cambridge. Johannes is also a co-founder of the not-for-profit VentureESG, a global community of almost 300 VC funds and asset owners committed to advancing ESG practises in VC.

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