Investec advises LDC on its successful minority investment into market-leading sustainability data and technology provider Sedex

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Investec has advised LDC on its minority investment into Sedex, a market-leading sustainability data and technology provider. The investment will support Sedex’s organic growth strategy to drive sustainability in supply chains globally.

With LDC’s input, Sedex will further invest in developing its platform, tools and professional services, leveraging the power of data and technology for its members’ benefit and fuelling its international expansion plans. Sedex is also establishing a Special Purpose Trust to maintain the company’s founding purpose and stated mission, to make global supply chains more socially and environmentally sustainable.

How we helped

Investec leveraged its sector knowledge across the sustainability and supply chain accreditation space to support LDC throughout the transaction.

The deal represents Investec’s 13th successful European transaction across the Technology and Services sectors in 2023.

Edward Thomas, Managing Director at Investec commented:
“We are delighted to have advised LDC on their minority investment into Sedex. The Sedex team have built a truly market leading proposition with exciting growth prospects. In LDC they have found the ideal partner to accelerate their growth and continue to support customers build effective supply chain sustainability strategies and achieve their ESG goals.”

Joe Tager, Investment Director at LDC commented:
We are incredibly proud to partner with Sedex. We have known the management team for over 18 months and through our portfolio have experienced the significant benefits of becoming a Sedex member. Sedex operates in a high growth market, with ESG monitoring and reporting requirements increasing exponentially for businesses of all sizes. Sedex’s longstanding experience in developing robust, site-level tools, including the world-renowned SMETA audit, make it perfectly positioned to help companies meet these sustainability-related demands, and embed responsible practices deeper into supply chains. We look forward to supporting the management team as they build on this success in the next stage of their journey.

About LDC

LDC is a private equity investor and part of Lloyds Banking Group. It is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. LDC has partnered with more than 675 management teams since 1981 and has a portfolio of more than 90 businesses across the UK. It has made investments across all major sectors of the UK economy and is actively supporting businesses in industries including Business Services, Consumer, Healthcare, ICT, Industrials, Media and Technology. LDC is based in every part of the UK and is committed to investing in at least 100 businesses nationally over the next five years.

About Sedex

Sedex is a leading technology company providing data, insights and professional services to empower supply chain sustainability globally. Sedex’s SaaS platform and tools enable companies to improve their environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance, manage risks, and meet their sustainable supply chain goals. Sedex has nearly 20 years of expertise and provides supply chain sustainability solutions for all businesses, including SMETA, Sedex’s world-leading site-level social audit. The company works with a community of 75,000 businesses and 100,000 supply chain sites across 35 industries worldwide, including globally recognised brands such as Reckitt, Molson Coors, Yum! Brands, Marks & Spencer, Diageo, and John Lewis Partnership (JLP).