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Our Impact

At Carlyle, we invest for impact across all of our businesses. From due diligence through exit, our approach at Carlyle has always been to partner with management teams to improve all aspects of a business. We do this because we believe that building better businesses generates lasting value creation, which has been the focus of Carlyle since our founding.

The Impact of Better Businesses

We Build Better Businesses

In close partnership with all of our businesses, we are focused on building sustainable businesses by:

Creating diverse and inclusive teams that make better decisions
Ensuring employees are healthy, engaged, productive and have the right skills for their jobs
Integrating tailored ESG plans to reduce risk and drive value
Navigating the challenges and opportunities of climate change and the energy transition
Playing a vital role in local communities

Sustainability at Carlyle

ESG considerations play an increasing role in our investment processes. Our commitment to sustainability influences strategy, brings new ideas for operational efficiency and helps unlock value. Pursuing tailored ESG strategies that focus on material issues for individual businesses is one way we’re driving impact at our portfolio companies.  

In addition to our work with portfolio companies, we’re equally committed to sustainability within our firm. In 2018, we became the first major private investment firm to operate on a carbon-neutral basis.  

Impact at Carlyle     Our Covid-19 Response


Our Co-CEO Kewsong Lee On Investing or Impact

Everything we do at Carlyle is about how we can have the maximum impact to make businesses better.



Results In Numbers

We work collaboratively across funds, industries and geographies to bring success to our partners.

Pension Funds


Pension funds are our largest group of investors, representing almost half of our investor base.

Pension funds
$148 billion in investment gains over 32 years

Our funds have generated ~$154 billion in investment gains over 32 years, which have helped provide retirement security for teachers, police officers, firemen and other public and corporate-sector employees.

$159 in profits
950,000 people globally 

We work to improve and grow our 274 active portfolio companies, which employ more than 960,000 people globally.

95,000 people globally
Diverse Boards

In the U.S., over 80% of our majority owned companies that we have owned for 2+ years have diverse boards.

Diverse boards

Diversity at Carlyle

More than 50% of our $217 billion AUM is managed by female leaders





- $40b
Sandra Horbach
Co-Head of Carlyle’s US Buyout Platform



- $47b
Ruulke Bagijn
Head of Carlyle’s Investment Solutions Segment



- $28b
Linda Pace
Leads Carlyle’s Loans & Structured Credit Platform



- $4b
Pooja Goyal
Co-Head of Carlyle’s Infrastructure Group


By the Numbers

Percentage of investment professionals hired in the U.S. in 2019 that were diverse
Carlyle has 97 senior-level women, more than half of whom are on the investment side
Overall population diversity (by gender and race) in Analyst-Partner levels
*Diversity by Gender and Race includes Females, American Indian / Alaskan Native, Black, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian, Other, and two or more Races. Data as of January 1, 2020.

Our Portfolio

Across all of our portfolios, we look to make a lasting impact. 


Electricity generation is one of the largest sources of global greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for approximately 28% of U.S. emissions alone – almost two-thirds of our electricity comes from burning fossil fuels. As renewable energy costs continue to fall, regulations tighten, and the energy transition accelerates, however, there is a large and growing investment opportunity in building the renewable energy capacity required to power a lower-carbon US electricity grid. 
Learn about how our Carlyle Renewable and Sustainable Energy Platform helped establish Cardinal Renewables and:

  • Develop and sell solar power generation assets across the US;
  • Model out total potential carbon emissions abatement capacity of specific projects; and
  • Open up distinctive opportunities to drive forward the energy transition

Learn More Here

cardinal renewables case study

We track ESG data so that we can make better investment decisions and build better, more sustainable businesses. Carlyle Europe Partners is in its fourth year of tracking material, bespoke ESG key performance indicators (KPIs) across its portfolio companies, which has led to even more use cases than we originally envisioned. One of those companies is Jeanologia, a Valencia, Spain-based portfolio company at the forefront of sustainable and eco-efficient technologies for manufacturing denim, which focuses on significantly reducing the amount of water and chemical usage in finishing processes.
Learn about how Carlyle Europe Partners collaborated with Jeanologia to:

  • Track a series of material ESG KPIs that range from energy management to employee health and safety;
  • Save roughly 10.7 million cubic meters of water; and
  • Link funded debt directly to specific ESG criteria

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jeanologia case study

In early 2019, when our deal team was looking into an investment in Weiman, they saw a strong operation and a leader in all manner of specialty cleaning products for the home. Our ESG team identified the key growth area for the company: a more-intentional focus on sustainable and safe-to-use products, in response to evolving consumer demand. The investment team agreed, and put a sustainability expert with a background in chemical engineering on the Company's Board of Directors from the outset.

Learn about how our ESG team partnered with Weiman on:

  • Getting product lines certified for their environmental attributes;
  • Identifying and purchasing Bio-Kleen, a line of products that use enzymes to clean as opposed to harsh solvents; and
  • Reducing the company’s manufacturing footprint

Learn More Here

cleaning stove

Diversity is a central priority for many companies – however, businesses frequently struggle to find ways to expand their hiring pipeline, find more diverse candidates, and reduce unconscious bias in hiring decisions. HireVue’s core business model helps solve these challenges. 
Carlyle Partners VII partnered with HireVue, a tech company which provides virtual interviewing and assessment technologies to help companies find the most qualified and diverse candidates more quickly. The effectiveness of the technology is core to HireVue’s value proposition, which has several unique components:

  • HireVue’s tech platform helps companies cast a wider net: instead of only sending recruiters to top tier universities for example, HireVue customers can screen video interviews from a wider array of potential applicants – their customers see up to 2x more candidates because they’re not limited by geography or scheduling issues
  • HireVue creates a more consistent process: traditional screening practices, such as resume scans, are inconsistent. Structuring the interview process from the start brings consistency and fairness resulting in better, more inclusive hiring
  • And finally, HireVue reduces unconscious bias: HireVue’s technology seeks to eliminate unreliable and inconsistent variables, such as which university or college was attended or grade-point average, neither of which has been proven to be predictive of job success

Learn More Here

hirevue case study


Carlyle believes these selected case studies should be considered as a reflection of Carlyle’s investment process, and references to these particular portfolio companies should not be considered a recommendation of any particular security, investment or portfolio company. The information provided about these portfolio companies is intended to be illustrative and is not intended to be used as an indication of the current or future performance of Carlyle’s portfolio companies. The investments described in the selected case studies were not made by any single fund or other product, and do not represent all of the investments purchased or sold by any fund or other product. The information provided in these case studies is for informational purposes only and may not be relied on in any manner as advice or as an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy interests in any fund or other product sponsored or managed by Carlyle or its affiliates. Any such offer or solicitation shall only be made pursuant to a final confidential private placement memorandum, which will be furnished to qualified investors on a confidential basis at their request.


2019 Sustainability Report


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