Little Square Capital

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Our Principles and Goals

The principles and goals guiding Little Square Capital (LSC) are deeply rooted in timeless traditional Western values.

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Our values in action

Charting a course for sustainable prosperity reflects Little Square Capital’s dedication to timeless values in contemporary business. LSC is committed to upholding the virtues of honesty, integrity, and fair dealing—values reminiscent of the elders who laid the foundation for the Free World. Our dedication to these principles extends beyond individualism; we believe in the power of community cooperation and social responsibility, values that have shaped Western businesses for generations. 

In the spirit of stewardship, we strive for responsible and sustainable use of resources, echoing the ethos of those who first envisioned a world founded on enduring principles. We invite businesses to join us on this journey, forging a future that honours and advances the best parts of our collective histories.

Principles and Goals of Little Square Capital

Sustainable investing, at its core, is about directing investments to companies that respect and safeguard human rights, foster fair labour practices, champion environmental responsibility, and staunchly oppose corruption. It’s a commitment to corporate sustainability that starts with a company’s value system and a principles-based approach to doing business.

Our commitment to sustainable investing goes beyond mere financial considerations. We recognise that businesses rely on shared resources from the natural environment, and are often  even subsidised by publicly-owned resources. The responsible use of these resources, waste reduction, and proper disposal are crucial for mitigating the combined impact on air quality, water purity, food quality, energy availability, and public health.

We understand that the urgency for progress is undeniable. Waiting poses increasing risks to people, the planet, and prosperity. Our commitment extends beyond mitigating business risks and creating economic opportunities; it’s driven by respect for and support of fundamental principles.

Little Square Capital's Sustainability Assessment

Our financial specialists have developed a comprehensive framework to ensure the companies we work with are doing more to tackle corporate sustainability. This framework involves key indicators across various domains:

Our commitment is reflected in our values in action. We embed our framework directly into our business approvals process and apply it to our Corporate and Institutional clients. We seek to work with companies that identify, assess, and manage adverse social and environmental risks and impacts, respecting and supporting human rights conventions both locally and internationally.

Our Values in Action

We’re committed to respecting and promoting social, environmental and economic development in the markets we serve. We embed our framework directly into our business approvals process and apply the framework to our Corporate and Institutional clients.

We assess and review Corporate and Institutional clients based on their respect and support of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). We believe in supporting clients who are genuinely committed to achieving a low-carbon just transition aligned with the Paris Agreement.

We are committed to respecting and supporting universal human rights and advocate for the expansion of civil rights. We evaluate companies based on their adherence to international conventions and their respect for and support of human rights.

We believe in directing capital flows towards sustainable investment to achieve inclusive growth. We support clients genuinely committed to a low-carbon just transition aligned with the Paris Agreement.

While individualism is a cornerstone of our values, we emphasise that it should operate within ethical boundaries. Our stringent rules against dealing with sanctioned entities, money laundering, tax evasion, and financial crimes underscore our commitment to ethical business practices.

Collaboration for Social Responsibility

We stress the importance of collective responsibility. We strive to collaborate with companies that proactively identify, evaluate, and address adverse social and environmental risks and impacts. Our commitment extends to upholding Human Rights conventions both locally and internationally, aligning with the values and standards set forth by ratified international conventions.

In instances where host country regulations deviate from the benchmarks established in international conventions, companies are expected to adhere to the more stringent standards. However, we recognise that certain circumstances may warrant alternative approaches.

In such cases, companies must provide a comprehensive rationale justifying the deviation from the established standards. This justification should demonstrate a commitment to safeguarding the environment and human health, ensuring that any alternative measures are equally protective and responsible.

Factors Considered in Assessing Corporate Sustainability

SegmentInitiatives and PracticesKey Indicators
Human Rights- Human rights impact assessments- Employee rights protection
- Community outreach programs- Supplier diversity initiatives
- Community development- Community outreach programs
- Supply chain ethics- Supply chain transparency
Labour- Fair labour practices- Diversity and equal opportunity policies
- Safe working conditions- Occupational health and safety measures
- Employee well-being- Employee wellness programs
- Fair compensation practices- Fair wages and benefits
Environment- Sustainable sourcing practices- Carbon footprint reduction
- Waste reduction and recycling efforts- Renewable energy adoption
- Biodiversity conservation initiatives- Sustainable land use practices
- Water conservation efforts- Water stewardship initiatives
Anti-Corruption- Anti-corruption policies- Robust internal controls against corruption
- Transparency in financial transactions- Ethical business dealings
- Reporting mechanisms for misconduct- Whistleblower protection policies
- Regular internal and external audits- Compliance with international standards

Standards for Sustainable Engagement

LSC uses the above corporate sustainability methodology to measure the impact and sustainability of the companies we work with in line with our principles and goals. We will work with clients who do not meet our standards, only to the extent that our engagement would be likely to lead to them raising their standards. Where alignment with our standards cannot be demonstrated within time-bound and specific plans, we will consider the following factors:

  • The scale of any human rights, labour, environmental, and anti-corruption impacts of a company, its market structure, and its chosen supply chain.
  • Similar to rating agency policies that limit a corporate issuer’s ability to be rated above its home sovereign debt, we consider a company’s respect and support in the context of (and where applicable in reaction to) National and State policies.
  • We analyse the track record and proportionate scale of initiatives undertaken to responsibly manage a transition to improve social and environmental impacts and advocate for change.

The Sustainability Principles and Goals of Little Square Capital

We recognise that all sustainable development goals are important and require respect and support. To focus on areas where Little Square Capital can have the greatest impact, we have identified eight goals aligned with the UNGC principles and SDGs:

UNGC Principles (1 : 2 : 3 : 4 : 5 : 6)

Goal 1 - Principles and Goals
Goal 2 - Principles and Goals

Principles (1 : 2 : 3 : 4 : 5 : 6 : 10)

Goal 3 - Principles and Goals

UNGC Principles (1 : 2 : 3 : 4 : 5 : 6)

Goal 4 - Principles and Goals

Principles (1 : 2 : 7 : 8 : 9)

Goal 5 - Principles and Goals

UNGC Principles (1 : 2 : 3 : 4 : 5 : 6)

Goal 6 - Principles and Goals
Principles (3 : 4 : 5 : 6 : 7 : 8 : 9)
Goal 7 - Principles and Goals
UNGC Principles (1 : 2 : 3 : 4 : 5 : 6 : 10)
Goal 7 - Principles and Goals
Principles (1 : 2 : 3 : 4 : 5 : 6 : 10)

Our commitment to Sustainable Investing principles and goals

Within the intricate domain of sustainable investments, the absence of a standardised definition and consistent measurement criteria presents a contemplative challenge. At Little Square Capital, we embrace global initiatives like the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact, embodying the essence of action over words.

Our criteria for responsible and sustainable engagement span across Supportable Finance, People and Partnerships, and Conduct and Governance. We focus our efforts on financial and investment advisory services to companies that embrace the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact and support the SDGs.

Our commitment to sustainable investing is a journey, and we invite businesses to join us in crafting a future that honours and advances the best parts of our collective histories. It’s not just about responsible business practices; it’s about creating a sustainable and inclusive world for generations to come.

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