Certified B Corporation

Île-de-France, France

Certified Since

November 2022


Equity investing - Developed Markets


Service with Minor Environmental Footprint

Operates In



Abénex is a pioneer in the French private equity market, investing in small and mid-cap businesses (mostly SMEs) in France and other European countries notably Italy. Abénex is convinced that companies have the ability to generate a positive impact on the economy and mitigate climate change related risks, hence contributing to building a more sustainable world. Abénex believes that continuous improvement of ESG performance contributes to each company in its portfolio’s value creation and long-term success. Abénex began investing in the European PE mid-cap markets in 1992 as part of ABN AMRO. Since 2008, Abénex has been an independent investment management company, focused on three sectors : Health & Care, Safety & Regulation and Services. In 2014, Abénex launched a real estate investment activity, and in 2019 set up a dedicated small-cap team and investment fund, Abénex Croissance. In 2022, Abénex has 1.5 Bn€ assets under management and a team of 40+ members, headquartered in Paris and Lyon.

Overall B Impact Score

Based on the B Impact assessment, Abénex earned an overall score of 93.9. The median score for ordinary businesses who complete the assessment is currently 50.9.
93.9 Overall B Impact Score
80 Qualifies for B Corp Certification
50.9 Median Score for Ordinary Businesses

Governance 16.2

Governance evaluates a company's overall mission, engagement around its social/environmental impact, ethics, and transparency. This section also evaluates the ability of a company to protect their mission and formally consider stakeholders in decision making through their corporate structure (e.g. benefit corporation) or corporate governing documents.

Mission & Engagement1.8
Ethics & Transparency4.4
+ Mission Locked10

What is this? A company with an Impact Business Model is intentionally designed to create a specific positive outcome for one of its stakeholders - such as workers, community, environment, or customers.

Workers 30.2

Workers evaluates a company’s contributions to its employees’ financial security, health & safety, wellness, career development, and engagement & satisfaction. In addition, this section recognizes business models designed to benefit workers, such as companies that are at least 40% owned by non-executive employees and those that have workforce development programs to support individuals with barriers to employment.

Financial Security5.6
Health, Wellness, & Safety10.8
Career Development5.4
Engagement & Satisfaction2.7

Community 9.0

Community evaluates a company’s engagement with and impact on the communities in which it operates, hires from, and sources from. Topics include diversity, equity & inclusion, economic impact, civic engagement, charitable giving, and supply chain management. In addition, this section recognizes business models that are designed to address specific community-oriented problems, such as poverty alleviation through fair trade sourcing or distribution via microenterprises, producer cooperative models, locally focused economic development, and formal charitable giving commitments.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion3.1
Economic Impact2.6
Civic Engagement & Giving1.2
Supply Chain Management0.7

Environment 10.6

Environment evaluates a company’s overall environmental management practices as well as its impact on the air, climate, water, land, and biodiversity. This includes the direct impact of a company’s operations and, when applicable its supply chain and distribution channels. This section also recognizes companies with environmentally innovative production processes and those that sell products or services that have a positive environmental impact. Some examples might include products and services that create renewable energy, reduce consumption or waste, conserve land or wildlife, provide less toxic alternatives to the market, or educate people about environmental problems.

Environmental Management1.3
Air & Climate3.7
Land & Life3.0

Customers 27.5

Customers evaluates a company’s stewardship of its customers through the quality of its products and services, ethical marketing, data privacy and security, and feedback channels. In addition, this section recognizes products or services that are designed to address a particular social problem for or through its customers, such as health or educational products, arts & media products, serving underserved customers/clients, and services that improve the social impact of other businesses or organizations.

Customer Stewardship2.4
+ Mission Lock0
+ Past Performance0.7
+ Current Fund1.8
+ Positive Impact10.5
+ Portfolio Reporting4.5
+ Capacity Building4
+ Fund Governance3

What is this? A company with an Impact Business Model is intentionally designed to create a specific positive outcome for one of its stakeholders - such as workers, community, environment, or customers.

Previous Overall B Impact Scores

2022 Overall B Impact Score93.9

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