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Aether Investment Partners, LLC

PRI reporting framework 2020

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Investment policy

SG 01. RI policy and coverage

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01.1. Indicate if you have an investment policy that covers your responsible investment approach.

01.2. Indicate the components/types and coverage of your policy.

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Policy components/types

Coverage by AUM

01.3. Indicate if the investment policy covers any of the following

01.4. Describe your organisation’s investment principles and overall investment strategy, interpretation of fiduciary (or equivalent) duties,and how they consider ESG factors and real economy impact.

Aether embraces an entrepreneurial culture and employs a focused business model.  We believe these elements of our business create close alignment with our clients, attract talented professionals and lead to attractive investment results.  Our model is designed to foster long-term partnerships with clients, investment partners and other stakeholders operating across the broad spectrum of real assets.

We invest primarily in private, upstream investments in natural resources, and we consider investments in any geography, strategy or category of real assets and related sectors, excluding real estate.  By employing an opportunistic approach these dimensions, our goal is to optimize risk-adjusted performance.  Aether employes a proactive approach to investment sourcing and an exhaustive approach to due diligence.  Aether's due diligence process is designed primarily to identify and evaluate opportunities and risks, including but not limited to environmental, social and governance-related risks.  

01.5. Provide a brief description of the key elements, any variations or exceptions to your investment policy that covers your responsible investment approach. [Optional]

Aether's ESG Policy & Procedures guides its evaluation of environmental, social and governance-related risks related to each investment that Aether considers.  The explicit goal of this policy is to comply with the principles of the United Nations Global Compact, which in turn depends on compliance by the managers, general partners or sponsors with which Aether partners.  Accordingly, Aether believes that a thorough examination of ESG policies and procedures employed by managers or general partners of underlying funds or the sponsors of co-investments in the course of Aether’s due diligence process and ongoing monitoring of the activities of those managers, general partners and sponsors are critical in order to comply with the principles of the UNGC.  The key aspects of this policy include reviewing policies, procedures and monitoring practices, and providing feedback on potential policy improvements.  

In cases where, prior to investment, gaps are identified with respect to the ESG policies or procedures, Aether will recommend amendments to ESG policies and procedures to ensure that such ESG policies and procedures appropriately address in sufficient detail the four aforementioned categories. If the manager, general partner or sponsor is not willing to amend its policies or procedures, Aether may choose to forego an investment solely on the basis of insufficient ESG policies and procedures if the manager, general partner or sponsor’s resistance to amending its procedures is determined to be unreasonable.  Post investment, If Aether determines that the manager, general partner or sponsor knowingly violated its own ESG policies or if Aether determines that violations were a result of gross negligence, additional steps may be taken, including but not limited to notifying other limited partners of the violation, attempting to exercise no-fault removal or no-fault termination provisions, if applicable, or selling the interest in the investment in a secondary sale.

01.6. Additional information [Optional].


SG 01 CC. Climate risk (Private)

SG 02. Publicly available RI policy or guidance documents


02.1. Indicate which of your investment policy documents (if any) are publicly available. Provide a URL and an attachment of the document.

02.2. Indicate if any of your investment policy components are publicly available. Provide URL and an attachment of the document.

02.3. Additional information [Optional].

The information noted above is available to Aether's clients and prospective clients upon request.

SG 03. Conflicts of interest

03.1. Indicate if your organisation has a policy on managing potential conflicts of interest in the investment process.

03.2. Describe your policy on managing potential conflicts of interest in the investment process.

Management of conflicts of interests is outlined in Aether's Policies and Procedures & Code of Ethics.  These documents cover a wide range of potential conflicts of interest and the Code of Ethics is available to Aether's clients and prospective investors upon request.

03.3. Additional information. [Optional]

SG 04. Identifying incidents occurring within portfolios (Private)