ESG ratings giant EcoVadis goes unicorn with $500M Series C
EcoVadis, a sustainability ratings provider, has raised $500 million in a funding round that lifts the company's valuation to $1 billion.
Why it matters: The blockbuster Series C round highlights the investor appetite into the fragmented ESG ratings space. The demand comes despite growing ESG backlash and intense headwinds for later-stage fundraising.
The details: The round was led by private equity firm Astorg and BeyondNetZero, the climate investing venture backed by General Atlantic.
- Singapore's GIC and Princeville Capital's Climate Technology Fund also participated.
Of note: An EcoVadis spokesperson said the company's valuation is "at or above $1 billion." The company works with 95,000 businesses in 175 countries on their ESG ratings.
Driving the news: "We were seeing our growth accelerating," co-founder and co-CEO Frédéric Trinel tells Axios, "and it doesn't show any sign of stopping."
- "If we have to triple the size of the company, then we need cash."
Zoom in: The company's sheer size could put it in position to standardize the "E" in ESG ratings, Rhea Hamilton, managing director at BeyondNetZero, tells Axios.
- "We just don’t see anyone else out there in the landscape at this scale," she says.
What's next: EcoVadis plans to spend its cash on acquisitions, Trinel tells Alan. First up, a planned purchase of a smaller, undisclosed company in Q2.