Actionable ESG for PE

The ESG landscape is largely being developed in relation to the activities and interests of the largest companies, the largest institutional investors, and the largest PE firms and subsequently applied across entire markets. This creates a dynamic wherein what is being expected and requested of you and your portfolio companies is not necessarily fully-aligned with your own operations and interests. We are dedicated to helping bridge this gap.

Kai Gray

Kai Gray

Kai is a senior executive with a diverse background in software engineering, business operations, and ESG consulting. Skilled in ESG program development, M&A integration, and fundraising. Recognized industry leader and lecturer, passionate about team building and sustainable innovation.

Is this the Future? Episode 3

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In July 2020, Kai and his brother Taylor founded their start-up called , which helps other companies report on their ESG commitments. They hope Motive can tackle the corporate-side causes of environmental issues as they believe this is the biggest driver of climate change, and I think I believe this too.

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