Investing for the Future: Our ESG Approach

Our responsible investment approach aims to generate positive societal impacts alongside performance.

VSS believes that considering ESG factors helps us create a lasting impact for all our stakeholders including investors, portfolio companies, employees and communities. Considering ESG factors can help create value and mitigate a range of business risks. Our ESG policy enhances and formalizes the consideration of ESG factors throughout the investment lifecycle, from initial screening to post-investment monitoring. VSS has partnered with Novata, an ESG data reporting platform, and Frazier & Deeter, an accounting and advisory firm, to efficiently and regularly report ESG data on our portfolio companies. Additionally, VSS became a signatory to the UN Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI) in December 2023 as an indication of our belief in the importance that ESG plays in our investment decisions.

VSS May Evaluate a Variety of ESG Factors in its Diligence Screening of a Potential Investment:


  • Emissions/pollution
  • Climate change
  • Energy efficiency
  • Hazardous materials
  • Waste management
  • Sustainability


  • Employee attraction & retention
  • Diversity and discrimination
  • Human rights
  • Consumer protection
  • Product safety and liability
  • Supply chain management
  • Data protection and privacy


  • Board compensation/structure
  • Business Ethics
  • Compliance/risk management
  • Accounting standards
  • Employee relations
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Succession planning