KKR’s guide to responsible investment

Author: | Published: 20 Sep 2012

he private equity industry presents something of a challenge for would-be responsible investors.

It is, after all, a sector most-readily associated with a derogatory public image earned during excesses of so-called corporate raiders in the 1980s and 1990s. And yet these days the reality couldn’t be further removed from the caricature.

Private equity investment today involves a wide spectrum of strategies that are an important component of a dynamic and efficient capital market, and utilises business models that enhance the efficiency of companies and the economy as a whole.

Leading the charge in rehabilitating the industry’s image is Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) - the private equity raider that inspired Barbarians at the Gate, a chronicle of the wild 1988 takeover of America's RJR Nabisco. Nearly a quarter of a century on, KKR has an altogether cuddlier image.

It is now seen as the standard bearer on environmental, social, and...