The Private Equity Wire’s European ESG AAA Awards assess, recognize and reward the efforts of private equity firms that have implemented sustainable, industry leading ESG policies at both the portfolio company and management company levels in Europe. The ESG AAA awards represent a mark of global, societal, and ethical success and quality for the companies selected. Private Equity Wire partnered with EthicsGrade, an AI based ESG data company that independently verified all nominations, before the voting fell to a panel of external judges.

This year, the ESG Fund of the Year was awarded to Asper for its management of Asper Dorothea. In addition, Asper was also awarded with the Best ESG Fund: Infrastructure, for best practice ESG integration in the infrastructure assets. Both awards are a recognition of Asper’s efforts to ensure a robust and embedded approach to ESG investing across our funds that stands out amongst our peer group. More information about the Awards and the other nominees can be found here.

In addition, Asper was shortlisted in the top 3 managers for the following categories:

  • Best ESG Fund: Growth Equity – Asper Columba
  • Best ESG Fund: Climate Focused – Asper Columba
  • Best ESG Fund: Energy Transition – Asper Columba
  • Best ESG Fund: Infrastructure – Asper Columba
  • Best ESG Fund: Impact – Asper Dorothea

On the same day, Asper had the opportunity to speak at the Private Equity European ESG Summit during the roundtable on ESG Prioritization: Jiska Klein engaged with the audience on how firms should be prioritizing the various facets of ‘E’, ‘S’, and ‘G’, both at the investment and management level.

Asper Investment Management is an independent specialist investment management firm, 100% focused on building sustainable real assets, such as renewable energy and district heating networks. Asper Dorothea has been established to support investments in Energie voor Elkaar (“EVE”), a greenfield platform dedicated to developing and building sustainable municipal energy networks in the Netherlands.

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Jiska Klein Sr Sustainability Manager Asper Investment Management

Jiska Klein

Senior Sustainability Manager

Jiska has more than 8 years of experience in management consulting in the area of sustainability, climate risk and circular economy. Jiska joined from a climate change and sustainability advisory role within KPMG, one of the largest consultancy firms worldwide. At KPMG, Jiska advised multinational companies within the financial and non-financial sector on sustainability-related regulations, responsible investment and ESG-related matters. Furthermore, she conducted audits on social & environmental performances of companies’ sites in Europe, Africa, and the Americas, and she was involved in providing assurance on companies’ non-financial information.

At Asper, Jiska enhances Asper’s sustainable investment strategy, gathers ESG and impact data from our platforms, and engages with investors and other stakeholders on ESG-related matters.

Jiska holds a BA in Economics from the University of Amsterdam, and a MA in International Economics and Business with a focus on Globalization & Development Economics and Environmental Economics from Utrecht University.