Panostaja is an investment company developing Finnish SMEs in the role of an active majority
shareholder. The company aims to be the most sought-after partner for business owners selling
their companies as well as for the best managers and investors. Together with its partners,
Panostaja increases shareholder value and creates Finnish success stories.
Panostaja is committed to operating as an active shareholder in accordance with its principles of
responsible investment. In the process of making new investment decisions and developing
portfolio companies, we consider not only financial perspectives, but also issues related to the
environment, social responsibility and good governance (ESG) as well. We believe that taking
these perspectives into consideration in the decision-making process and procedures related to
ownership is vital for our portfolio companies as well as the long-term success of Panostaja.
The goal of our corporate responsibility work is to develop companies to make them more
valuable, competitive and responsible. In addition to risk management related to environmental,
social, and corporate governance issues, we provide portfolio companies with the best practices
for increasing their sources of income, innovating new products and operating methods and
reducing their costs.
Panostaja’s principles of responsible investment describe our approach to responsible business
operations. The account describes the decision-making and ownership procedures that are
applied in Panostaja’s operations.
Description of the integration of ESG issues into the investment
decision-making process and ownership practices of Panostaja
We take ESG issues into consideration in investment analysis, due diligence reviews and
decision-making related to investments.
In the investment analysis stage, we conduct a preliminary ESG analysis, in which we evaluate
the potential impacts of ESG issues on the operations and value of the target company, and
identify the issues that need to be further investigated in a due diligence review. In connection
with investment analysis, we also exclude companies operating in certain industries (exclusion
When assessing investment opportunities, we always perform a thorough due diligence review
of the potential investment. In connection with a due diligence review, we also consistently review
Based on a due diligence review we may refrain from investing in companies that have major
deficiencies or risks in regard to ESG issues. However, the poor results of an ESG review do not
automatically prevent us from making an investment. If corrective measures are found for the
identified deficiencies, the development of responsibility matters may serve as one notable way
in which we create value during our ownership.
Our investment proposals incorporate a summary of the conducted due diligence review, as well
as recommendations for mitigating possible ESG risks and utilising ESG opportunities.
The value development of our portfolio companies is based on active ownership, the basis of
which is the long-term development of companies. Risks related to environmental, social and
corporate governance issues vary between companies and industries. As such, we scale our
corporate responsibility work in accordance with the resources of our portfolio companies and
the relevance of their corporate responsibility issues. Each portfolio company is provided with a
dedicated corporate responsibility development plan, based on the best ways to facilitate value
development in that particular company. In our operations as a shareholder, we emphasise the
systematic monitoring and management of relevant corporate responsibility issues that affect
The buyers of Panostaja’s portfolio companies, which include capital investors and industrial
buyers, also impose strict requirements for the companies that they acquire, as a result of which
the corporate responsibility development of Panostaja’s portfolio companies also has a positive
impact on the valuation of companies when they are sold.
Panostaja does not make investments in the following industries: the arms trade and weapons
industry, the tobacco industry, gambling and adult entertainment.
The boards of our portfolio companies manage, monitor and evaluate the achievement of
objectives related to ESG issues through annually submitted reports. Whenever necessary and
especially during the first year of ownership of a portfolio company, the company’s board may
also monitor the development of ESG issues in shorter intervals.
Panostaja’s board reviews a summary of the ESG issues of portfolio companies once a year.