ESG for Early-Stage

In the world of startups, incorporating policies and practices for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues is often seen as something for later-stage startups. We challenge that notion.

We believe that it’s far easier and more effective to integrate ESG from the beginning, making the next generation of unicorns or Fortune 500 companies more diverse and inclusive, more conscious of their employees’ health and safety, and better serve their communities and the environment.

What is ESG?

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria are a set of standards for a company’s operations that 500 Startups latest global flagship fund is integrating into its investment analysis and decision-making and portfolio management processes


Environmental criteria consider how a company performs as a steward of nature.


Social criteria examine how it manages relationships with employees, suppliers, customers, and the communities where it operates.


Governance deals with a company’s leadership, executive pay, audits, internal controls, and shareholder rights.

The Global Flagship Fund V

ESG Policy

The purpose of the ESG Policy is to ensure that the Fund takes a responsible approach to investment throughout its investment cycle and recognizes the potential impact of its companies on the environment, workers, communities, and society, as well as the potential impact of climate change on the companies in which the Fund invests.

Specifically, the policy helps the Fund to:

Account for material risks and potential opportunities which may make the business more or less attractive for investment.
Advise companies on ESG value creation opportunities.
Encourage the building of diverse and inclusive teams.
Build and scale technology responsibly.

Contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals


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