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Corporate Responsibility

What does it mean to be a good corporate citizen?

At HarbourVest, we adopt a four-pronged approach to being a good corporate citizen as evidenced by our commitment to:

  • 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

Responsible investing – at every level

From our founding, HarbourVest has sought to align our interests with those of our investors, investment partners, and employees. This has allowed us to proudly build and maintain a culture of ethical behavior, transparency, and social responsibility in both our investments and our operations.

To formalize this commitment, we have adopted a comprehensive Environmental Social Governance (ESG) approach. From initial due diligence to post-investment monitoring, HarbourVest evaluates ESG considerations at all stages of the investment process and works with our investment partners to understand, and potentially even formalize, their own policies. Once an investment is made, we continue to monitor investments for ESG risks to ensure our clients’ interests are well protected.

Principles for Responsible Investment

Principles for Responsible Investment

As a proud signatory to the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), HarbourVest is committed to upholding PRI principles when evaluating and monitoring private equity and debt opportunities, regardless of strategy, sector, or location.

A copy of HarbourVest’s 2020 Report can be found here.

Diversity & Inclusion

HarbourVest believes that our strength lies in our diversity of thought. Diversity and inclusion are key elements of our approach, combining recruiting, policies, and programs that empower our team. Some of the programs the Diversity and Inclusion council has developed in the last few years include a Flexible Work Program, a Global Parental Leave Policy, a Global Respectful Workplace Policy, a summer internship program, and a global conscious inclusion training program.

HarbourVest advocates for increased diversity and inclusion across private markets. Our senior leaders are members of and hold board and advisory positions with NAIC, AAAIM, SEO, and Level20. The firm is also a founding signatory to ILPA’s Diversity In Action initiative and has signed NAIC’s Diverse Alternative Investment Industry Statement.

To learn more about the HarbourVest Diversity & Inclusion Council and our external Diversity & Inclusion partners, click here.