To honour our responsibility, we have integrated sustainability throughout Polaris at three different levels and our performance is evaluated accordingly:
Polaris as a fund manager: How we integrate sustainability in our investment process
Polaris’ portfolio: How our portfolio companies work with sustainability and their progress
Polaris Management: How we work with sustainability in our own organization and our progress
We also work to promote sustainability throughout the investment industry, and we pledge to be transparent and report on our progress in our annual sustainability report.
Within our scope of sustainability, we include potential social, environmental, and economic impacts across Polaris including our portfolio companies and their supply chains. We dedicate extra attention to three focus areas across Polaris:
Work to combat climate change
Support gender equality and gender diversity
Work to ensure a high standard working environment across Polaris
The Polaris Sustainability Platform
Polaris Sustainability Approach
Our strategic approach, ambitions, and rationale behind our projects in Polaris are based on internationally recognized standards within sustainability:
We have well defined minimum criteria that define which companies that we are willing to invest in and not.
Polaris Sustainability Due Diligence
A structured approach for how we evaluate potential investments with respect to sustainability. The evaluation includes Polaris Sustainability Checklist which is an assessment tool to evaluate the maturity of a company’s sustainability structure and processes.
Polaris Sustainability Program
A standard program containing structure and processes related to sustainability which is used to support the development of a sustainability agenda in each Polaris portfolio company. The program is an integrated part of Polaris Excellence Model which is our way of working together with our portfolio companies.
Polaris Sustainability Group
We regularly gather all the lead sustainability officers in our portfolio companies in a joint working group to share knowledge, best practises and to discuss important sustainability topics.