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Industry standards

Industry standards


Invest Europe is the guardian of the industry’s professional standards, shaping the principles of ethical behaviour and trust that govern the relationships between private equity managers, their investors and portfolio companies.

All Invest Europe members, including private equity managers and their investors, must adhere to the Invest Europe Code of Conduct. When they join, they are strongly encouraged to act according to the standards towards each other, portfolio companies, and other relevant parties.

The Invest Europe Handbook of Professional Standards is also used in our training courses, which provide first-class tuition for practitioners. In addition to the Handbook, Invest Europe regularly publishes other pieces of guidance and tools, for example on responsible investment and risk measurement.

The Invest Europe Professional Standards Committee, composed of private equity managers, investors and advisers, is responsible for overseeing the standards.

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Climate Change Guide

The Invest Europe Climate Change Guide constitutes one of the most complete guides on ESG issues, and in particular climate change, for private equity investors to date. It includes tailored guidance, practical tools and concrete business cases made by practitioners for practitioners. Its structure follows a step-by-step approach and is based on three different modules – Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced - covering all stages of investors’ ESG journey.

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Professional Standards Handbook

Guide to ESG due diligence

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Committees and governance

The Invest Europe Professional Standards Committee is responsible for the Handbook of Professional Standards, setting out the principles of transparency, accountability and governance. The Committee is supported by the Responsible Investment Roundtable and the Working Group on Accounting Standards, Valuation and Reporting.


Should you have a complaint about an Invest Europe member not complying with the professional standards, please contact us and we will direct your concerns to the Professional Standards Committee.

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