NextGen ESG Japan strategy

With our award-winning NextGen ESG Japan offering, we are creating real ESG outcomes and financial returns – and setting a new standard for ESG rigour.


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Our mission

Our mission is to contribute to the global efforts to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees and shift companies to a sustainable path for humanity.

What we do

We aim to produce real outcomes – real improvements in governance, and real improvements in emissions. We believe that environmental, social and governance factors are inextricably linked to the overall financial value of the company.

And as companies materially improve ESG factors, they decrease risk and increase corporate value. We help the companies we invest in become the leaders of tomorrow, and drive a sustainable transition.

How we do it

We do this through a combination of a proprietary methodology distilled from decades of pioneering ESG investment, and deep engagement with the companies we invest in – going well beyond the exclusionary screening that has characterised most ESG investing to date.

Our experienced team leverages an engagement-centric strategy that identifies opportunities in each company with an investment horizon of 36–60 months.

The company analysis is conducted by ongoing in-person company meetings, site visits, industry conferences, sell-side research, expert discussions and in-depth sector knowledge and experience.

We directly embed ESG factors into investment valuation models through our Integrated Value Driver approach. We analyze ESG factors – like emissions, or labor practices down the supply chain – and their links to overall financial drivers for the company.

Well-established
ESG investment
methodology

Our proprietary ESG analysis gives us a broader and more complete understanding of the companies.

Allowing us to:

If a company has a competitive edge from material ESG metrics – such as emissions reductions, human rights through the supply chain, and superlative governance – then that should also lead to lower risk, more efficient use of capital and overall greater financial performance.

Sustainable tech strategy

Discover our sustainable technology strategy in partnership with Icehouse Ventures, focused on investing in high-growth sustainable tech in New Zealand.

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AgriFood tech strategy

Explore the growing significance of agri-food tech in addressing global challenges related to food and agriculture.

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Decarbonization strategy

Our decarbonization strategy prioritizes climate change mitigation through investing in sustainable infrastructure projects in emerging markets.

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Our team

We are a team of investors, business builders, and circular economy experts. This diversity helps us discover opportunities others might miss.


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Wataru Baba
Managing Partner

Senior Fellow, Climate and Sustainability at Panasonic Group since 2022, where he accelerated the company’s growth through an integrated strategy for creating positive impact on climate change and established Sustainability Committee, chaired by the Group CEO. Board Member of Japan Professional Football League (J.League) and Independent Director for a civic technology nonprofit, Code for Japan, and a web3 startup, Financie, Inc