At Enterprise Investors we combine industry expertise with local market experience. Central to our approach is an emphasis on creating sustainable value that will withstand the test of time. We are prudent in our investment strategies and use leverage conservatively. We invest between EUR 20 million and EUR 75 million in established companies. Our stake ranges from a large minority position to full ownership and we take a long-term perspective, our involvement typically lasting between five and eight years.
We commit our full range of resources to the success of each portfolio company. Partnering with management teams, we help companies formulate strategy, conceptualize and implement optimal financing structures and recruit top executive talent. Our investment team builds direct relationships with portfolio companies and provides hands-on support via supervisory board positions. We bring about lasting change, preparing companies for success even beyond our investment horizon.
We follow a policy never to invest in enterprises engaged in activities that are harmful or detrimental to the local and global society, environment or economy. But our commitment to responsible investing extends significantly beyond this formal limitation. In particular, we continue to develop environmental, social and governance awareness (ESG) within the investment team and across our portfolio companies, embedding internal processes to support fulfillment of this goal. For us, ESG is a crucial factor influencing decisions at all stages of the investment process. We aspire to make a positive impact on the environment, society and individuals that EI and its portfolio companies interact with or influence.