Business Services

Anthesis is a fast-growing, global sustainability specialist. Proud to be a B Corp, they seek to make a significant contribution to a world which is more resilient and productive. Anthesis develop financially driven sustainability strategies, underpinned by technical expertise and delivered by innovative collaborative teams operating across the world.


Key Facts

Initial Investment: 02/03/2021

Sector: Business Services

Fund: Fund IV & Impact II

Status: Current

Investment Highlights

  • Supported the strengthening of the leadership team as the business scales rapidly with additional senior digital, data, transformation, people, systems and finance roles added.
  • Positive impact of the business significantly grown through the addition of over 200 sustainability specialists in the first year of investment, supporting clients to activate their sustainability journey in the decisive decade.
  • Adoption of the target to support clients to reduce carbon emissions by 3GT by 2030.
  • Completed six bolt-on acquisitions, including the addition of climate finance specialist, CNG and supported the development of a pipeline of future acquisitions.

Partnership motivation

Anthesis is an outstanding purpose-led business and a trusted partner to global, household name brands, major corporates and forward-thinking cities, as they work to address one of the great social and economic challenges of our time, sustainability.

Anthesis’ mission-driven approach aligns with our long-term commitment to place purpose and responsibility at the heart of our investment strategy. We see tremendous growth potential as more progressive businesses seek out expert support to embrace sustainability in a meaningful way.

Stuart McLachlan – CEO Anthesis

Stuart has spent over 25 years developing market leading businesses in the sustainability consulting and services space, completing over 20 acquisitions and building businesses organically in more than 20 countries.

Anthesis was born out of frustration in 2013. Amid all the talk of sustainability, there was not enough action, and where there was action, the failure rate was extremely high. Stuart and his co-founder were confident that Anthesis was the solution.

We are constantly looking at how we can scale our impact by helping our clients navigate through these constraints, risks and opportunities. While we have achieved strong growth since the company was formed in 2013, we need to accelerate progress, and I’m delighted that Palatine are joining us on this journey. Palatine understands that the way business repositions their brands and operations to become a force for good will determine future performance, or more relevantly sustainable performance.

Stuart McLaughlan

Co-Founder & Chief Executive – Anthesis –