Responsible Investment

We consider all aspects of ESG when evaluating potential investments and driving change in our portfolio

We endeavour to use ESG practice in a systematic way to identify and maintain ethical behaviour and also to improve portfolio company performance.  Rutland adheres to the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) and the 10 principles of the United National Global Compact.


We want managers in our businesses to go beyond paying lip-service to ESG matters; our system of KPIs and ongoing progress monitoring ensure they are empowered to capitalise on opportunities for improvement.


Employee performance management can lead to improved productivity, raising supply chain standards can reduce reputational risks and better management of environmental impacts can protect the health, safety and wellbeing of employees as well as appeal to customers.


Click on the document opposite to read more about Rutland’s ESG practices.

Read more about the ESG practices undertaken by some of our portfolio companies below.



HCC is one of the leading contract canning providers in the UK, canning drinks for a wide range of domestic and international customers.


As part of HCC’s roadmap to drive down emissions and waste, shifing towards a carbon neutral working environment, the company is implementing operational changes and key interventions that will improve resource efficiency and the sustainability of the business.


HCC is working with the Woodland Trust to offset the company’s carbon footprint by planting 1850 trees as well as rotational biofuel over the next three years. In addition, HCC has now replaced all of its company cars with fully electric vehicles and has ordered a new fleet of electric forklift trucks to replace the current fleet of gas-powered vehicles before the end of 2022.


HCC is also extremely active within its local community and has a 10-year commitment with the Hereford New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering. This includes financially supporting engineers on work placement, students and apprentices as well as sponsoring an engineering studio.

Southgate Global

Southgate Global

Southgate Global is a marketing leading solutions provider within the packaging and e-commerce fulfilment sector.


Southgate’s mindset is to drive collaborative customer partnerships with a strong focus on innovation in sustainable packaging that ensures customers maximise their opportunity to meet their corporate sustainability objectives.


Southgate has invested in a specialist team focussing on new product development and in the last 12-months has launched many new sustainable products. The company already uses a water-based glue to ensure a 100% biodegradable product and is continuing to work towards developing other sustainable packaging alternatives.



Total Rail Solutions has one of the highest staff retention rates in the industry, which is due to their commitment to ensuring its workforce is correctly trained achieving the competencies and expertise to successfully carry out every job they undertake. The company actively encourages their workforce to continually develop their skills and knowledge, providing them with resources to enable them to do so.


In addition, health and safety excellence is a companywide goal, actively promoted through their behavioural safety strategy ‘Destination Total Safety’. Focusing on health and safety excellence – every day – the strategy’s objectives are to eliminate unsafe actions, minimise risks and ensure a safe and healthy working environment for everyone. Total Solutions recognises the need to invest in their workforce, giving them the skills and mind-set to be safe in everything they do.


As part of Destination Total Safety Total Rail Solutions actively promotes the Network Rail Lifesaving Rules and is a member of the British Safety Council. In addition, the company holds an impressive list of RISQS approvals and a wealth of accreditations, including: BS EN ISO 9001 – for quality, BS EN ISO 14001 – for the environment, BS EN OHSAS 18001 – for health and safety, FORS Bronze membership – Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme.