Making it Material

    Granularity in ESG Reporting

    Focus on the data, not just the standard

    Private equity's active engagement with its portfolio companies makes it uniquely placed to drive sustainability.

    But to do so effectively, firms must have the right data on which to base crucial ESG decision-making.

    Investment firms and portfolio companies alike are facing hurdles when it comes to ESG data.

    Businesses are scrambling to meet ever-changing standards respond to due diligence questionnaires and other time-sensitive matters. Yet, too many are struggling to access the granular data underpinning all of these activities, leading to uncertainty, inaccuracy and lack of impact.

    KEY ESG has taken the temperature of the industry to understand where the problems - and solutions - may lie.

    Surveying over 100 industry participants, including both GPs and portfolio companies, we learnt what the main issues are when it comes to ESG data gathering, the appetite for improved data access and where the areas for greatest improvement may lie.

This is what we found

Question mark image

of portfolio companies assessed claimed to be unsure how to report on ESG data

Calendar image

Many firms take up to 12 weeks to collect ESG data which can lead to missing reporting deadlines, stalling or failing deals at the point of sale

Speech bubble image

of fund managers find extensive esg questions from LPs detract from ESG improvement

Person icon image

of managers want to make sure to report on material factors and do this as part of their process

    Leaf icon

    What’s really important to us is making sure that we can actually understand the impact that a company has based on its strategy, its industry, its location.

    You can think about the broad brush of ESG performance, but every company is individually positioned to have their own impact.

    Pollen Street Capital

    Leaf icon

Download the full report on where the private equity industry is at in its journey to ESG performance.

Making It Material Report Cover

Unlocking your sustainable advantage

Subscribe to our newsletter

Subscribe to KEY ESG newsletter now and start receiving news, tips and free resources to manage ESG more efficiently


Company Platform

Fund Manager Platform

Log In




ESG reporting and data granularity



Request a Demo

Contact us





Privacy Policy

Cookies Policy

Terms of Use

Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy

Terms of Service

Get in touch

KEY ESG is on LinkedIn