Future Direction of Venture Capital ESG

Future Direction of Venture Capital ESG

Johannes Lenhard

ESG & VC Specialist

If not enough people are willing to integrate ESG across the VC value chain, we will never get the data we need. Join Johannes Lenhard as he explores the future direction of venture capital ESG, the hurdles and some further case studies.

If not enough people are willing to integrate ESG across the VC value chain, we will never get the data we need. Join Johannes Lenhard as he explores the future direction of venture capital ESG, the hurdles and some further case studies.

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Future Direction of Venture Capital ESG

9 mins 14 secs

Overview

Why ESG matters financially for VCs can be broadly captured in three points: fundraising, performance and exit. There is no quantitative dataset for the VC ecosystem yet as people are only starting to measure ESG as we speak. Many people want to see conclusive and specific quantitative data (for the asset class of private equity or venture capital) on the business case before they act. But If not enough people are willing to integrate ESG across the VC value chain, we will never get the data we need. There are still major hurdles to be overcome, including when it comes to deciding which data to focus on – from problems with standardisation to how to integrate intangible and non-financial metrics

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the future of venture capital ESG

  • Outline the hurdles to achieving venture capital ESG

  • Understand how we can overcome these hurdes

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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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