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Activa hires de Lauriston as ESG associate

by The Drawdown 12 September 2018

ESG responsibilities at French GP Activa Capital have changed hands within months after Charles de Lauriston was hired to replace a departing Emma France.

De Lauriston, 26, has become ESG and digital transformation associate at the Paris-headquartered mid-market investor.

Until September, the exact same title had been held by Emma France. She had joined Activa as an ESG analyst in January 2017 and promoted in February 2018, after launching ESG roadmaps for the GP’s portfolio companies. The Drawdown understands that France, the co-founder of startup Unicorner, has left Activa to take on a role at the entrepreneur incubator of the Paris business school known as HEC, where she spent a few months in 2015 as a community builder.

Meanwhile, de Lauriston, a graduate of EM Lyon Business School and Oxford Brookes University, comes to Activa after a series of internships in the ESG space. Between 2016 and 2018, he performed ESG analyst duties at consultancy EthiFinance and was project manager assistant of socially responsible investments at Gefip.

Emma France becomes an ESG associate at French private equity investor Activa Capital (Credit: Activa)

Founded in 2002, Activa Capital typically deploys €10-50m tickets in businesses in the €20-200m valuation range. The firm, which counts Charles Diehl, Pierre Chabaud and Christophe Parier among its partners, targets investments in agro-food, healthcare, education, industrials, aeronautics, B2B services and the consumer sector.

The GP’s creation of a role regrouping ESG and technology comes as responsible investment professionals in private equity work to incorporate big data, automation and other innovations. Back in February, partner Parier commented that digital disruption has been a “top priority” for Activa for several years.

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