Governance and resourcing
We have built a robust oversight structure to support our ongoing ESG implementation efforts. Our Executive Management Committee (EMC) is ultimately responsible for our ESG Policy and objectives, with critical inputs from both our ESG Council and ESG team, the latter of which reports into our Head of Investments and works closely with our investment teams to integrate ESG factors into our investment processes.
We have made important additions to our ESG leadership groups over the past year to ensure they are appropriately designed to execute our ambitious strategy and adequately resourced to support our clients.
Our ESG Council was restructured in 2023 to enhance its ability to make key strategic decisions regarding our ESG program. Members include a cross-functional representation of senior leaders across the firm who meet regularly throughout the year.
Strategy Innovation and Execution
Head of Client Operations
Head of Investments
Our ESG team was formed in 2019 to work with investment teams and client-facing functions as a specialist resource and is responsible for bringing key strategic proposals to the ESG Council for consideration. We expanded our ESG team in 2022 to now include three dedicated team members across regions.
Natasha is based in London and joined HarbourVest in 2019. She leads interaction across the firm to embed ESG considerations into investment and client processes.
Laura is based in London and joined HarbourVest in 2022. She is focused on identifying ESG risks and opportunities as a regular participant at investment committee meetings.
Will is based in Boston and joined HarbourVest in 2022. He is focused on client support to help investors achieve their ESG-related objectives.
ESG investment team leads
Our investment strategy teams each have assigned ESG investment leads who provide oversight of ESG integration and work closely with our ESG team to continuously strengthen practices. ESG investment processes are the responsibility of each investment team member and we place a high priority on regular staff training around our ESG objectives, process, and developments in our approach.
McComma (Mac) Grayson
Infrastructure and real assets
At the end of 2023, we are launching the HarbourVest ESG Forum, a consortium of HarbourVest professionals responsible for representing their respective functions at quarterly meetings to learn about key updates from our ESG team and report back to their respective teams. As HarbourVest continues to grow, the ESG Forum will bring colleagues across our global functions together to provide an effective channel for both disseminating updates on our ESG program and offering feedback.