Menu

Progress Through Partnerships

Collaboration in Practice

Partnership is a cornerstone of all we do at KKR. This is particularly true when it comes to our commitment to responsible investment and efforts such as the Green Solutions Platform (GSP). Our progress in reaching our ESG-related goals is due to our strong network of internal experts and external partners. This collaboration between our internal team, KKR Capstone,i portfolio companies, and nongovernmental organization (NGO) partners have challenged us to do more and enabled us to unlock additional value. Our NGO partner on this work has been Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). For more on its many important contributions to our efforts, see below.


GSP Team and Resources

A number of individuals across KKR and KKR Capstonei work to facilitate the GSP in different ways. The individuals listed below have varying roles related to KKR’s ESG goals and initiatives including the GSP. This team sets the program's overall vision, works in various ways both directly and indirectly with participating portfolio companies on their programs, supports KKR and portfolio company communications, and develops tools and guidance.

LUDO BAMMENS

LUDO BAMMENS Managing Director, Head of EMEA Corporate Affairs, KKR

VIEW BIO

 TODD COOPER

TODD COOPER Managing Director, KKR Capstone

VIEW BIO

SUNE FRANDSEN

SUNE FRANDSEN Principal, KKR Capstone

VIEW BIO

 ALAN GRANT

ALAN GRANT Principal, KKR Capstone

VIEW BIO

ALI HARTMAN

ALI HARTMAN Principal, ESG Strategy & Stakeholder Engagement, KKR

VIEW BIO

Ken Mehlman

Ken Mehlman Member and Global Head of Public Affairs, KKR

VIEW BIO

STEVEN R. OKUN

STEVEN R. OKUN Director of Asia-Pacific Public Affairs, KKR

VIEW BIO

ELIZABETH SEEGER

ELIZABETH SEEGER Director, Public Affairs, KKR

VIEW BIO

ENRIQUE SERRANO

ENRIQUE SERRANO Associate, KKR Capstone

VIEW BIO

EMMA TUZINKIEWICZ

EMMA TUZINKIEWICZ ESG Project Coordinator, KKR

VIEW BIO

YI YANG

YI YANG Associate, KKR Capstone

VIEW BIO

YANG ZHANG

YANG ZHANG Principal, KKR Capstone

VIEW BIO


Partnering with EDF

The Green Portfolio Program was launched in 2008 in partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). One of the world’s largest environmental organizations, EDF consists of more than one million members and a staff of 500 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals. The organization is guided by science and economics, with a mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends.

To create the Green Portfolio Program, KKR and EDF worked together to combine the private equity model of partnering with companies over the long term with EDF's environmental expertise. To do this, KKR and EDF committed to work together to develop a set of analytic tools by which companies could assess and track improvements on a series of environmental metrics. The goal was to provide the tools as a resource to enable managers to cost-effectively improve efficiency, reduce waste, and address environmental impacts, such as greenhouse gas emissions, the use of priority chemicals, waste generation, or water consumption. The resulting tools and processes, as well as a set of best practices, were shared across the rest of KKR's private equity portfolio.

EDF continues to provide valuable guidance and insight to our environmentally focused efforts. Its feedback and thoughtfulness related to the current iteration of the GPP, known as the Green Solutions Platform, have been invaluable. For more information on EDF, visit www.edf.org.


i KKR Capstone is not an affiliate or subsidiary of KKR. Please see the Description of Methodology and Terms for additional disclosure regarding KKR Capstone.