Apex merges ESG businesses into single division: Holtara

Rick Steves

 “This is an important milestone in our ESG journey as a Group, and through bringing together the existing Apex ESG offering, and the additional expertise brought in through the MJ Hudson acquisition, under one brand – we can deliver a powerful offering driven by a combination of people and platform.”

Holtara, a new sustainability services brand, has been launched through the merger of two leading ESG businesses, under the Apex Group, a financial services giant with $3 trillion in assets serviced globally.

The formation of Holtara is a strategic move to strengthen the Apex Group’s position in the ESG sector. Backed by a team of 150+ ESG, climate, sustainability, and impact specialists speaking 15+ languages, Holtara aims to go beyond typical ESG reporting and assist businesses in improving sustainability performance year on year.

Holtara offers ESG reporting and advisory

The Holtara platform, named ESG Advantage, offers a comprehensive solution for ESG reporting, aligning with global regulations and industry frameworks. Additionally, Holtara provides ESG advisory services delivered by 80+ specialists, covering topics such as carbon and climate, impact, DEI, and supply chain. The platform is supported by leading data tools, offering one of the largest private market ESG data sources for benchmarking and performance comparison.

The launch follows the acquisition of MJ Hudson in 2023, and Holtara will be led by Managing Director Emma Bickerstaffe, who is also the Head of ESG Product at Apex Group. The brand aims to be a sustainability partner throughout the investment life cycle, assisting with policy compliance, due diligence, assessment, reporting, and exit planning.

In response to the growing need for accurate ESG data and transparent reporting, Holtara seeks to move beyond the ‘tick-box approach’ and greenwashing risks, helping clients implement genuine change. With a focus on addressing shareholder scrutiny and political demands, the brand aims to support private market managers and investors in building a sustainable economy.

Peter Hughes, Founder & CEO of Apex Group said: “This is an important milestone in our ESG journey as a Group, and through bringing together the existing Apex ESG offering, and the additional expertise brought in through the MJ Hudson acquisition, under one brand – we can deliver a powerful offering driven by a combination of people and platform. Across the Group we have over 10,000 clients, and a global platform with which we can do good and leave a legacy we can be proud of. Holtara is part of that mission and enables us to empower the private markets to both achieve their financial goals, while making a positive impact on the world around them”.

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