Anthesis, a global sustainability professionals group, and one of the UK’s fastest-growing private companies, has secured a significant minority investment from Palatine Private Equity, a responsibly-driven, mid-market private equity firm.
This backing from a top private equity house comes as Anthesis also achieves the prestigious B Corp accreditation, given to businesses that are shown to meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and legal accountability. Both announcements cement Anthesis’ position as the firm that will activate sustainable performance during this critical ten-year period, named by the UN as the ‘decisive decade’ due to the ambitious action needed to deliver sustainable development.
With the world’s attention on COP 26 in Glasgow in November, where 197 countries and territories will report on their progress to a net-zero economy, Anthesis is committed to amplifying its impact to tackle the world’s climate emergency.
The world needs to reduce net annual greenhouse emissions by at least 40GT by mid-century to align with the IPCC’s 1.5⁰C climate ambition. Based on the current number of clients Anthesis is working with to set Science-based Targets, develop Net Zero strategies and implement GHG emissions reduction programs at-large, paired with the growth ambitions achievable through Palatine’s investment, Anthesis is setting its own goal to support its clients to avoid, reduce, and remove at least 3GT of carbon dioxide emissions by 2030.
This is equal to reducing or removing over half of the United States’ annual emissions (5.29 GT), the second-highest country behind China for emissions, or equal to the UK’s annual emissions (0.37GT) over the next eight years.
Established in 2013 and growing upwards of 20% in revenue annually, Anthesis’ 600 experts will benefit from Palatine’s ESG framework, unique expertise in returns-focused impact investing, and its highly successful track record in buy-and build, which has included completing more than 200 acquisitions to date.
The investment will propel the digital and consulting firm’s ambitious strategic plans across the decade’s most material global systems: net-zero impact; carbon remediation; product circularity; land use; and inclusive economies.
Stuart McLachlan, CEO of Anthesis, commented: “We have ten years to effect change. Our market is now awake to the reality of climate impact and the need for unsustainable brands and organisational models to transform. Anthesis is positioned in the middle of these commercial and sustainable performance drivers. We are constantly looking at how we can scale our impact by helping our clients navigate through these constraints, risks, and opportunities.”