Sustainable and responsible value creation in Africa

ESG: Our approach to responsible investment

A.P. Moller Capital uses its ownership position to ensure portfolio companies implement high Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) standards at all levels. These standards both mitigate investment risk and increase terminal investment value.

We are certain that applying ESG standards systematically to our African portfolio companies will give our investments more impact. Therefore, we focus on sustainable value creation by building businesses that not only seek to generate a financial outcome, but also support society through economic and social development.

Good governance is essential to project management, and we firmly believe being transparent and reasonable makes us better investors. We apply a best-in-class ESG framework across all phases of our investment process and invest in businesses that have a positive social or environmental impact. The result is companies with better governance, more social focus, lower environmental impact and, ultimately, higher value.

The ultimate test of our ESG policy is the creation of a portfolio company generating both attractive financial and sustainable social and environmental returns while attracting global buyers in a competitive exit process.

We integrate ESG throughout the investment cycle

Responsible investing is a central element of our investment strategy and has been integrated into our investment processes and decisions from origination to exit.

Regardless of sector or jurisdiction, we pledge to be an ethical partner and apply the same high ESG standards to our investments.

A.P. Moller Capital is a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). In the PRI’s 2019 Reporting and Assessment process to measure signatories’ ESG activities and reporting frameworks, A.P. Moller Capital achieved an ‘A’ rating.

Key ESG commitments

A.P. Moller Capital’s Ethical Policy sets our overall approach to managing ESG related issues and is based on the principles of the UN Global Compact (UNGC), the PRI and the IFC Performance Standards on Environmental and Social Sustainability including the World Bank Group Environmental, Health and Safety Guidelines, and good international industry practice.

Related to good governance practice, we have developed internal policies and procedures in relation to Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption (ABC) in compliance with the US, UK and Danish ABC regulations, Anti-Money Laundering (AML) in compliance with the EU AML Directive, responsible tax practices, and guidelines for company boards.

Other initiatives A.P. Moller Capital follows include the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Approach to climate change

We recognise the infrastructure investments we make now have an impact in the future. We want to be an active participant in the low carbon transition, whilst recognising the positive social impact of power in reducing the cost of doing business, unlocking economic potential, creating jobs and indirectly contributing to health and education.

At A.P. Moller Capital, we:

We apply our ESG standards across our portfolio

With a significant equity stake in the companies in which we invest, we actively ensure that portfolio companies work towards implementing our ESG standards.

We require portfolio companies to assign responsibilities to effectively identify, manage and monitor any ESG risks, work with responsible business counterparties, and engage transparently and proactively with stakeholders. We closely follow the ESG performance of portfolio companies utilising the Joint Impact Model (JIM) and provide support, when necessary.

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ESG indicators

To be able to estimate the positive social impact of our investments, we have identified the following fund level ESG indicators:

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Where to find us

Postal address

A.P. Møller Capital P/S
Esplanaden 50
1263 Copenhagen K

Visiting addresses

A.P. Møller Capital P/S
Lyngby Hovedgade 85
2800 Kgs Lyngby


A.P. Møller Capital P/S
Al Fattan Currency House 2-1502/1503
DIFC Dubai
United Arab Emirates

A.P. Møller Capital P/S is governed and regulated by the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority as an Alternative Investment Fund Manager. A.P. Møller Capital P/S (DIFC Branch) is regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority to provide advice and arrange deals in investments, to support the headquarter in Denmark.

How to contact us


Melanie Beck
T: +971 55 588 6592


Peter Wernberg Nielsen
T: +45 20 44 93 77


Mika Bildsøe Lassen
T: +45 20 55 26 55

Complaints & Whistle-blowing

A.P. Moller Capital has appointed the Head of Compliance as Complaints Manager.


A.P. Moller Capital has implemented a whistle-blower system and encourages you to help fight corruption, business crime and other unacceptable business conduct.