Tesi’s sustainability materials and tools

In addition to responsible and impactful investing, Tesi aims to improve sustainability expertise and enhance sustainable practices at large. We want to support both companies and investors in their efforts to advance this cause comprehensively and to contribute to gaining a competitive edge in international markets. One of our values, together, reflects our desire to collaborate closely in the development of sustainability work and to share the keys to success with a wider audience.

Below, you’ll find materials and tools produced by Tesi, which are designed to provide practical guidance, examples, and tips to support sustainability development efforts. We encourage the widespread use of these resources and welcome all feedback.

ESG handbook for taking concrete steps in sustainability development

A comprehensive information package is intended to support companies’ sustainability efforts. It provides practical examples on the basics of combining strategic work and ESG, and offers tips for both sustainability work beginners and those wanting to understand best practices.

The PDF-formatted material is divided into three sections. The first two delve into the intersections of sustainability and strategy: how to identify the essential E, S, and G topics for your company and how to integrate the chosen focus areas into the company strategy. The final section includes one-pager summaries of 17 ESG topics, providing practical advice for the early stages of development.

The material is suitable for smaller companies in the initial stages of sustainability work and for medium-sized companies looking to improve. Venture capitalists and private equity investors can use the material as support for board work, for example.

Tool for managing S- and G-topics

The Excel-based tool helps startups and growth companies develop social and governance-related topics. The tool can be used to identify and prioritise focus areas, and to plan a road map for addressing these issues over the longer term.

The easy-to-use SG matrix covers a spectrum of over 50 topics relating to social responsibility and good corporate governance. The tool can also test the impacts that growth in personnel will have on statutory obligations and practices.

The tool is especially useful for growth companies, whose staff count can grow at a fast rate. Investors can also benefit from using the tool when assessing the state of S- and G-related topics, for example in the investment decision making stage.

Information package for carbon neutrality work & a carbon footprint calculator for companies

A PDF guide includes the basics of GHG emission reduction and practical guidelines to start calculating a carbon footprint. It is divided into three sections: the first part elaborates more on the relationship between climate change and businesses, and the journey from GHG emission calculations towards carbon neutrality. The second part provides practical tips for calculation, including lists of providers and tools. The third part includes calculation examples from both a private equity and venture capital investors and medium-sized companies. The information package is especially suitable for those starting calculations, or for example, for internal training.

In addition, you will find an Excel-based tool suitable for calculating the GHG emissions according to Scopes 1, 2 and 3. This tool is especially aimed at small businesses without own production, for example in the service and software industries. It also assists in getting acquainted with emissions calculations more practically, and includes more detailed descriptions about each emission category.

Reporting template for Tesi's portfolio companies

Tesi collects data annually from its portfolio companies to assess the impact of its actions. Information is currently gathered from companies in Tesi’s Finnish target funds’ portfolio and from all of Tesi’s direct investment portfolio companies, excluding public ones.

The updated reporting framework includes key indicators relevant to Tesi’s ownership and role, as well as the most common indicators from international ESG reporting frameworks. The reporting framework is updated as needed each year, and the results are published in the Impact Review released each fall. Explore the latest Impact Review and previous editions.

In the framework, you will find the indicators and their explanations, as well as related international frameworks. Some indicators apply only to Finnish companies, and companies with fewer than ten employees are only asked to provide a few indicators.

For more information:
Selja Ryöppy
Sustainability Manager