AKO business principles are based on the commitment we have made to our investors to generate the best possible risk-adjusted returns our investment philosophy permits. Our investors’ interests always come first.
Long-term thinking underpins our investment philosophy as well as our own business model. We believe the best way to compound returns is to invest in quality companies for the long-term; our clients and stakeholders are aligned in seeking sustainable success measured over years, not quarters. This shared perspective has been critical to our shared success.
Transparency is key to our relationships with our clients and companies. We are open with our investors about what we do and why we do it, and provide transparency into our portfolio and performance. We share our market research and insights with our invested companies, and seek to provide them with honest but informed feedback. And internally, we encourage all our staff to share ideas and information in a challenging but supportive environment.
We are proud to have attracted and retained a team of extremely talented individuals who are all long-term thinkers. We believe that a team-oriented environment where people can develop professionally is key to ensuring success in the future. As a B-Corp we also seek to treat our suppliers and service providers fairly.
We are convinced that the only way to continue to deliver strong performance is to seek continuous improvement as an organization.
A long-term focus should never come in the way of a short-term urgency to improve in everything we do. We rigorously evaluate our achievements and our mistakes with the goal to improve future outcomes. Key to this improvement is gathering data on ourselves, both on the inputs we use and the decisions we make. We also seek to learn best practice from a wide array of disciplines and fields beyond investment.
Sustainability is intrinsic to long-term returns. Only by dealing fairly with all stakeholders can our companies safeguard the returns we seek. That is why we incorporate independent and structured analysis of environmental, social and corporate governance issues into our investment process. We also seek to engage with our companies and clients to understand how we can act together to improve ESG outcomes.