Social

For new investments, Bridgepoint identifies material social risks and opportunities as part of our investment process. We do so by requiring that pre-investment proposals include an analysis of ESG issues that ought to be brought to the attention of our Investment Advisory Committee.

 

Bridgepoint aims to make a positive contribution to the communities where we operate, through the Bridgepoint Charitable Trust, our charitable giving programme.  The Trust focuses primarily on education and the environment and identifies smaller charities where our involvement and support can make a real difference. We also operate a matched giving policy and Give As You Earn Scheme at Bridgepoint, and many of our investee companies also have charitable giving programmes.

Charities currently supported by the Trust are: Contact the Elderly and United World Schools in the UK, Lebenshilfe in Germany, Aenilce in Spain and Dajemy Dzieciom Siłę in Poland.

Contact the Elderly ('CTE') aims to reduce the number of elderly persons who suffer from chronic loneliness and who are in need of support. It recruits and mobilises volunteers to host discussion/catch up groups and afternoon teas or meals in their homes for elderly people, typically people aged 75 and above.  Since its first tea party in 1965m CTE has supported more than 100,000 lonely older people in the UK.

United World Schools is a UK-based charity which provides education to isolated communities who do not receive the benefit of government education systems, typically in the Far East. It does this by building schools in remote communities and entering into partnerships with local communities and local education authorities to provide local teachers and government teachers who can fully communicate with the local population. The BCT donation will fund the building and running of a new UWS school in Cambodia for a year, including the employment of two teachers.

In Germany, Bridgepoint Charitable Trust supports Lebenshilfe Frankfurt. Lebenshilfe is a non-profit organisation, which offers services to disabled people and their families supporting approximately 700 disabled people and their families in the Frankfurt area. Its aim being to encourage the integration and inclusion with mainstream society, offering a variety of services for disabled people and their families including early learning/intervention through social work assistance and residential living for people who require increased care.For existing portfolio companies, Bridgepoint, through its board representatives, works with management teams to implement appropriate social policies in their operations and procedures. Typically, these focus on worker health and safety, labour rights and welfare.

In Spain, Aenilce a charity that operates a day care centre for children and teenagers with severe brain disabilities, providing specialist treatment including physiotherapy, speech therapy and psychology. Bridgepoint will support the charity as it expands its activities into a larger building which requires renovation work to triple its capacity to 60 children. The project includes the renovation of various rooms in the building (construction, plumbing, painting, etc.), adapting the rooms to the special requirements of the children, and buying new equipment including IT systems and specialist furniture.

In Poland, Dajemy Dzieciom Siłę, (We give strength to our children) a non-governmental charity established in 1991 originally devised to address 'social orphan hood' by offering help to victims, families and care workers through targeted education and social care. Its services are free of charge and is a not for profit organisation.  With the support of Bridgepoint's Charitable Trust it will be able to launch a new support service within its 'Good Parent - Good Start' programme.  This will focus on good parenting skills by helping counteract the effects of postnatal depression and by strengthening family ties through working with all the family members. In addition, it will be able to extend its geographical reach in Poland by training professionals outside its Warsaw base, offering support to families with small children in their home towns and provides direct support for 130 parents and 100 children.

For existing portfolio companies, Bridgepoint, through its board representatives, works with management teams to implement appropriate social policies in their operations and procedures. Typically, these focus on worker health and safety, labour rights and welfare.