Corporate citizenship

Our values drive who we are

We draw strength from our culture, diversity, and strong sense of community spirit.

Our commitment

We aspire to be a truly global corporate citizen that is proximate to and supportive of the communities in which we live and work.
Our approach to corporate citizenship rests on four foundations:
  • Respecting the interests of our clients, employees, and key stakeholders
  • Making responsible investment decisions
  • Holding ourselves to the highest ethical standards
  • Caring about our communities and the environment

Connecting with local communities

We believe in giving back to the communities where we live and work.


We have introduced several initiatives aimed at encouraging employees to participate and contribute to a range of charitable organizations. In 2017, we established our first annual Global Volunteer Week, incorporating activities across nine global offices to build stronger local relationships. Our Global Volunteer Weeks occur twice annually and encourage employees to work together and donate their time to local causes.

Charitable giving

We take an active role in supporting many worthy causes and organizations in our local communities. Some examples include youth mentoring, child/adult special education, gender diversity, poverty and homelessness, various health causes, women’s leadership, and the arts. This commitment to doing good flows through the organization.

We also support employees who choose to make donations to the causes they value through our Matching Gift Program which launched in 2018. Each calendar year, HarbourVest matches up to USD$1,000 in employee donations made to global non-profit organizations. In 2021, employee and firm matched donations totaled over $230,000, benefiting 266 unique non-profit organizations globally. This was the highest matched donation in the history of the Matching Gift Program.

In June 2021, we launched our first Peer Matching campaign in response to the ongoing pandemic challenges faced in India and Colombia where donations made by team members were matched both by the firm and a group of generous colleagues. We launched our second Peer Matching campaign in support of World Central Kitchen’s efforts in Ukraine during March 2022.


Just as we set high expectations for our managers and investors on ESG and climate change, it is important to us that we lead by example and take responsibility for our own emissions. We are proud to be a CarbonNeutral company in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol, the leading framework for carbon neutrality. Our annual offsetting program delivers finance to emissions reduction projects supporting the global transition to a low-carbon economy. All projects are independently verified to assure emissions reductions are occurring.

Continuation solutions encompass a host of transaction types in which a GP secures interim liquidity and/or additional primary capital for their LPs in a strongly performing asset, or set of assets, that the GP will continue to own and control. Specifically, they include continuation funds, new funds created by GPs for the purpose of acquiring the asset(s) that continue to be managed by the same GP and capitalized by one or several secondary buyers, or equity recapitalizations involving a direct equity or structured equity investment into a portfolio company. These transactions can also include a parallel investment from the GP’s latest fund into that same pool of assets (a “cross-fund trade”).