Our middle market investment strategy focuses on distinctive, scalable businesses delivering differentiated essential services and solutions to partners, customers and communities.
Instar’s ESG policy integrates ESG considerations throughout our investment and ownership lifecycle with a focus on driving the value of our portfolio companies, future-proofing our platform and enabling a more sustainable, equitable and resilient future. We focus on the sustainability themes that matter the most to our business, our people and our stakeholders, including governance and ethics; stakeholder engagement; climate change; health and safety; and diversity, equity and inclusion.
Instar is a signatory to the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment.
We strive to align our ESG initiatives with the relevant United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and seek to invest in companies that are the best at what they do and essential to the functioning, fairness, health and economic prosperity of society. Our purpose as an organization is to enrich people’s lives through investing, engaging with and supporting our employees and creating value for stakeholders in a manner that contributes to broader social and economic progress. It reflects our conviction in putting people first and elevating sustainability as a core component of our culture and business strategy.
Our investment stewardship provides a strong governance foundation and strategic guidance to help the great companies we invest in become even better.
We evaluate and integrate ESG considerations and impacts throughout our investment process and ongoing portfolio management initiatives, including monitoring material portfolio-wide and sector-specific risks and identifying opportunities for each company to unleash their full potential to build value.
Connectedness and belonging are inherent to our corporate culture and purpose.
We embrace diversity, equity and inclusion for innovation and growth. We promote equality of opportunity and seek different perspectives to challenge conventional approaches and continuously improve our company’s performance and progress. We believe that diversity and inclusion help us drive innovation, make better decisions, achieve effective stewardship of our business and portfolio companies and enable our people to thrive.
Fostering a strong, collaborative working environment with a focus on mentorship and knowledge-sharing is central to InstarAGF’s corporate culture and is crucial to our success.
Uncertainty is at an all-time high, with more than three million reported cases of the novel coronavirus and an estimated 200,000 deaths worldwide exacting a terrible human toll.
Diversity and inclusion are defining issues for our generation. The corporate landscape has shifted from a generation ago, with greater acknowledgement today on why broader perspectives and experiences are needed to successfully navigate the growing complexity of challenges in our modern world.
What next steps are needed to ensure a safe, resilient future? While new technologies are likely to play a key role, says Gregory J. Smith, CEO of InstarAGF Asset Management, we can’t underestimate the value of holistic policies, city planning and community engagement.
Infrastructure is central to climate change mitigation and adaptation, writes Gregory Smith, CEO of InstarAGF Asset Management, and can forge a more sustainable path to long-term prosperity.
With a spiraling infrastructure deficit to address over the next two decades, building trust and connectivity with stakeholders is more important, and challenging, than ever before, writes InstarAGF’s Gregory Smith.
Can a net zero-carbon world exist as demand for energy continues to grow? InstarAGF president and CEO Gregory Smith looks at the potential for sustainable infrastructure to deliver triple bottom-line results: value for the environment, the economy and the community.
MORE THAN EVER BEFORE, trends such as urbanization, emerging technology and climate change are demanding greater collaboration and communication between businesses, governments and communities.
Flexibility is emerging as the fundamental development principle for essential infrastructure that meets the needs of both current and future generations, writes InstarAGF president and CEO Gregory J. Smith, and it is no longer business as usual.