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Ours is a sustainable strategy: we routinely work with companies within our portfolio to promote the principles of ESG, understand their individual priorities and support their activities in the long term.

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We take an integrated approach, promoting a culture of communication, engagement and transparency across all stakeholders, and encourage the sharing of best practice. This is further underpinned by a formal BWE roadmap which sets out how our interlinked practices and processes – inherent to our portfolio – direct us towards a first-class ESG environment.

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It is also knowledge-based: with our specialist experience, international reach and diverse industry partnerships, we understand the ESG imperatives of the international energy sector.

We devote time, deliberation and resources to ESG because we appreciate how it can directly influence long-term company value.

But we also do it because it is the right thing to do in the modern-day commercial world: businesses can make a tangible contribution in safeguarding our environment, supporting local communities and promoting the principles of good governance. We believe the dividend of good ESG practice extends beyond material interests.

We are committed to a fair and sustainable future

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Responsible Investment

Responsible investment is a core principle of BWE, and one that we nurture and advance with all businesses in our portfolio.

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Responsible Investment

Responsible investment is a core principle of BWE, and one that we nurture and advance with all businesses in our portfolio.

It is central to our thinking, from the time we first explore and assess prospective investment opportunities through to our everyday engagement with portfolio company senior management.

This philosophy reflects our firm belief not only in the positive impact of good ESG practice on company value, but also in the significant contribution businesses can make in addressing wider social, community and environmental issues.

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Carbon Neutrality

Our support for the principle of carbon neutrality reflects our status as a responsible business and helps us meet our wider goal of protecting the communities where we, and our portfolio companies, operate.

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Carbon Neutrality

Our support for the principle of carbon neutrality reflects our status as a responsible business and helps us meet our wider goal of protecting the communities where we, and our portfolio companies, operate.

We encourage portfolio companies to identify and pursue opportunities to decrease their energy consumption wherever and whenever practicable. Similarly, we promote the sourcing and use of sustainable energy solutions where feasible, in pursuit of the ambition of a net zero carbon footprint.

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Diversity & Inclusion

At BWE, and across our portfolio companies, we advocate the principles of an inclusive work environment and a diverse workforce.

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Diversity & Inclusion

At BWE, and across our portfolio companies, we advocate the principles of an inclusive work environment and a diverse workforce.

We actively encourage the hiring of the best talent in the market, regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation or religion.

We believe the formation of diverse teams is not only the right thing to do; it also adds value – and strength – by bringing together individuals with different perspectives, ideas and creative talents.

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Modern Slavery Act

BWE adheres to its legislative obligations as they relate to modern slavery and human trafficking, and engage with our portfolio businesses to confirm they both recognise and meet their statutory responsibilities.

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Modern Slavery Act

BWE adheres to its legislative obligations as they relate to modern slavery and human trafficking, and engage with our portfolio businesses to confirm they both recognise and meet their statutory responsibilities.

More than that, we seek to ensure such practices are not present in supply chains associated with portfolio companies.

We provide guidance when sought or required, and support companies in the implementation of any such guidance.

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Anti-Bribery / Corruption policy

In maintaining the highest standards of integrity and honesty, we promote awareness of anti-bribery and corruption risks within BWE and among our portfolio businesses.

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Anti-Bribery / Corruption policy

In maintaining the highest standards of integrity and honesty, we promote awareness of anti-bribery and corruption risks within BWE and among our portfolio businesses.

We ensure that they operate in compliance with national and local laws and regulations, and that they address any legislative changes that impact upon their operations.

We also verify that businesses with which BWE and portfolio companies engage uphold policies and practices that are consistent with our own.

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Cyber Security & Data Protection

The development and implementation of robust data and cyber security strategies are key in averting potential risks to the everyday operations of BWE and our portfolio companies. They also play a central role in reputation management.

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Cyber Security & Data Protection

The development and implementation of robust data and cyber security strategies are key in averting potential risks to the everyday operations of BWE and our portfolio companies. They also play a central role in reputation management.

We work to ensure such strategies, as well as the resources and expertise required to apply them, are a priority for the businesses in which we invest.

With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in effect from May 2018, we also take steps to ensure the relevant people within our business, as well as within our portfolio businesses, both understand their obligations under GDPR and fully comply with them.

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Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Policy

Vision Statement

Blue Water Energy (BWE) believes that responsible investment is core to our firm’s ambition: to build world-class energy companies. We recognise that ESG can influence long-term company value and that it is in the best interest of our investors to incorporate ESG into our investment analysis, decision-making and portfolio company engagement processes.

Policy Scope

This Responsible Investment policy applies to all of BWE’s investments.

In cases where BWE determines that it has limited ability to conduct diligence or to influence and control the integration of ESG considerations in the investment (for example in cases where BWE is a minority shareholder) reasonable efforts will be made to encourage these portfolio companies to consider relevant ESG-related policies.

Management of ESG

BWE’s ‘buy and build’ strategy includes consideration of material ESG aspects for all potential investments. For the purposes of this policy, ‘material ESG’ topics are defined as those which BWE considers have the potential to, or will, create, preserve or erode portfolio company value. BWE’s understanding of energy sector ESG priorities is founded on BWE’s deep energy sector and geographical expertise and our investment partnerships with seasoned management teams and external ESG advisors.

We seek to engage with our portfolio companies to understand their ESG priorities, provide support as appropriate to drive improvement initiatives on material ESG topics, and to share best practice within the BWE portfolio.

Organisational Arrangements

The investment team is responsible for considering ESG in investment decisions and for ongoing portfolio company engagement regarding ESG matters through Board-level representation. Additional external ESG support is sought by BWE and our portfolio companies as required.

BWE’s Chief Financial Officer serves as the firm’s ESG Officer, reporting in to BWE’s Partners on ESG matters.

Commitments

We are an active and responsible owner and promote uptake of this Responsible Investment Policy and the adoption of appropriate and company-specific ESG policies by our portfolio companies.

BWE and our portfolio companies operate in compliance with national and local anti-bribery and corruption, environment, health, safety and social laws and regulations.

Monitoring and Reporting

BWE encourages portfolio company management to identify and raise material ESG matters and performance to relevant decision makers, in addition to maintaining regular communication with BWE Board representatives regarding such ESG topics and improvement initiatives.

BWE is transparent in its approach to incorporating ESG through the investment cycle and shares updates on progress and outcomes with our investors at least annually through both formal and informal mechanisms.

We encourage our portfolio companies to develop their own reporting to stakeholders on relevant ESG matters as appropriate.

Concluding remarks

This Policy will be reviewed and updated as appropriate and is signed by BWE’s Founding Partners.

Our portfolio of investment companies consider ESG a part of their daily responsibilities.

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"We believe that responsible investment is core to our firm’s ambition of building world-class energy companies."

Graeme Sword Founding Partner

Our ESG Policy

Blue Water Energy (BWE) believes that responsible investment is core to our firm’s ambition: to build world-class energy companies. We recognise that ESG can influence long-term company value and that it is in the best interest of our investors to incorporate ESG into our investment analysis, decision-making and portfolio company engagement processes.

This Responsible Investment policy applies to all of BWE’s investments and covers:

  • Organisational Arrangements
  • Commitments
  • Monitoring and Reporting
  • Vision Statement
  • Policy Scope
  • Management of ESG
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Blue Water Energy takes an active involvement in supporting local charities & community initiatives.

BWE believe strongly in supporting charities and good causes, especially in the local communities of our office and our portfolio company offices. Our core theme is the welfare of children and we currently support 6 different charities where this principal is at the heart of what they do. We also support on an ad-hoc basis a number of other charities where child welfare is their core purpose. Visit our charities section to find out more about the charities we support.

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Some of the Blue Water Energy Team take on the Ragnar Relay Race!

Some of the Blue Water Energy team signed up to a unique challenge where they ran 3 'legs' each ranging between 3-11 miles starting in Faversham and finishing off in Brighton. The team did an amazing job and raised £10,650 for Greenhouse Sports through Ragnar sponsorship.
Enjoy the video here!