Helios Investment Partners

Certified B Corporation
Headquarters

United Kingdom, United Kingdom

Certified Since

November 2019

Industry

Equity investing - Emerging Markets

Sector

Service with Minor Environmental Footprint

Operates In

France,

Kenya,

Nigeria,

United Kingdom

Helios Investment Partners is the leading Africa-focused private investment firm, led and managed by a predominantly African team and based in London, Paris, Lagos and Nairobi. Managing funds totalling $3.6 billion, the firm’s portfolio companies operate in over 30 countries in all regions of the continent. Helios has built a record that spans creating start-ups to providing expanding companies with growth capital and expertise, building African market leaders in core economic sectors and driving strong returns via portfolio operations. The firm’s unique combination of deep knowledge of the African operating environment, a singular commitment to the continent and a proven capability to manage complexity, is reflected in its position as a partner of choice. Helios’ mission is to generate globally competitive investment returns and create positive socio-economic development outcomes by building profitable, value-creating and socially responsible businesses. In pursuit of this mission, Helios integrates financial, governance, environmental and social considerations into its investment framework, viewing these as principal drivers of economic value creation and risk mitigation and a core part of the firm’s long-standing commitment to sustainability and responsible business practices.

Overall B Impact Score

Based on the B Impact assessment, Helios Investment Partners earned an overall score of 97.9. The median score for ordinary businesses who complete the assessment is currently 50.9.
97.9
97.9 Overall B Impact Score
80 Qualifies for B Corp Certification
50.9 Median Score for Ordinary Businesses

Governance 15.0

The Governance Impact Area evaluates a company's overall mission, engagement around its social and 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 & Engagement1.1
Ethics & Transparency3.8
+ 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 28.1

The Workers Impact Area evaluates a company's contributions to its employees' financial security, health and safety, wellness, career development, as well as overall engagement and 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 Security7.7
Health, Wellness, & Safety9.3
Career Development4.3
Engagement & Satisfaction3.5

Community 15.7

The Community Impact Area evaluates a company's engagement with and impact on the communities in which it operates, hires from, and sources from. Topics include diversity, equity, and 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, & Inclusion5.0
Economic Impact6.0
Civic Engagement & Giving2.5
Supply Chain Management0.0

Environment 11.9

The Environment Impact Area 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 Management4.5
Air & Climate3.4
Water0.5
Land & Life2.7

Customers 27.0

The Customers Impact Area 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 and media products, serving underserved customers or clients, and services that improve the social impact of other businesses or organizations.

Customer Stewardship0.3
+ Mission Lock0
+ Past Performance0.7
+ Current Fund4
+ Positive Impact9.4
+ Portfolio Reporting4
+ Capacity Building5.4
+ 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

2019 Overall B Impact Score97.9

Additional Documentation

Helios Investment Disclosure Report 2019


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