IMPACT AND ESG

Since 2005, Demeter has put the environment at the heart of its investment strategy with the fundamental commitment of « combining financial performance with environmental commitment ». With more than 1 billion euros under management, Demeter is a pioneer and leader for investments in the ecological transition sectors.

€ 1bn

assets under management focused on the ecological transition

3,9 m

tonnes of CO2 emissions avoided in 2020

430 GWh

of renewable energy generated in 2020

Demeter, committed to promoting ESG

Demeter has been committed since inception to promoting Environmental, Social and Governance criteria as key elements to achieve sustainable performance. We are committed to developing responsible investment approaches for all our stakeholders. ESG is integrated in our investment processes, we have a dedicated ESG team, ESG Ambassadors and we support the managers of our portfolio companies in the development of their responsible approaches.

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A strong commitment since 2005

DEMETER made a special commitment in 2020 and 2021 to gender parity by signing the France Invest, Sista and Billion Dollar Club for Women charters, as well as organizing a workshop on “Women leaders and investors, creators of value and performance” with all our employees.
Also, since 2019, DEMETER has been actively engaged with associations in favor of the preservation of biodiversity such as Plantons pour l’Avenir and, more recently, Finance for Biodiversity.
2021 will be a year of actions and setting targets for decarbonization and biodiversity conservation. To this end, DEMETER is a signatory of the Leaders for Climate Actions Charter in favour of digital decarbonization.

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Integration of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in our ESG approach

As an investor, Demeter contributes to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by investing in companies that are committed to the environment and to society. 95% of our portfolio companies contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals, of which 87% to the SDG 13, which encourages measures to combat climate change and its repercussions.

INNOVATION

Smart cities
Sustainable agriculture
Eco-innovation


Highly nutritious insect-based products with strong environmental credentials

Vertical farms contributing to the reduction of agricultural environmental impact

Agricultural robots that reduce environmental impact

Micro capsules for efficient, sustainable bio-inputs

Intelligent LED lighting system for crop optimization in the greenhouse

Measure and reduction of companies’ carbon footprint

GROWTH

Cities ecological transition
Eco-industries
Eco-energies


Car fleet management optimisation software

Quick charging solutions for electric vehicles

Photovoltaic equipment and self-consumption solutions

Optimised management of construction site waste

Fault diagnosis, spare parts sales and repair support services system

Software for collecting data from smart meters

INFRASTRUCTURES

Renewable energies
Energy efficiency
Eco-mobility


Construction and development of a wind farm

Long-term e-scooter rental service

Designer of filling stations for carbon free mobility

Self-service electric scooter rentals

Production of photovoltaic energy for electric mobility

Roofing adaptation solutions for solar energy production

Contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

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Global impact measure of our companies

As a pioneer and leader, we measure the global impact of our portfolio companies and we are a driving force in proposing new impact measurement methodologies. For Paris Green Fund, we have set up an innovative and highly advanced territorial and environmental impact assessment with the Carbon 4 consulting firm. Three of our funds have also obtained the GreenFin label, giving our investors the guarantee of an effective contribution to the ecological transition.

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An awarded ESG & Impact policy

Demeter’s role as a pioneer and leader in integrating ESG into its investment strategy is regularly recognized in the ecosystem.

In 2020 and for the second successive year, Demeter received the Swen Capital Partners’ award for the best management company in terms of ESG practices in the Small cap category and the highest rating awarded by the UN Principles for Responsible Investment.

Also, a case study on our ESG approach and engagement was conducted by Stafford Capital in their “European Private Equity ESG Engagement Report 2020”.

In early 2021, our ESG commitments were recognized and rewarded by The European with the 2021 Best Sustainable Equity Investor Award. Finally, since the end of February 2021, DEMETER has been a member of the French Impact community as a “Membre sous bannière”.

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Demeter, a committed and responsible investor

Demeter is a responsible and committed investor. As such, we are signatories of numerous initiatives such as PRI (Principle for Responsible Investment), CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project), iC20, The Shift Project, and initiatives for gender diversity (the France Invest gender equality charter, SISTA and The Billion Dollar Fund for Women). DEMETER is strengthening its commitment to biodiversity conservation with Finance for Biodiversity this year.

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