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Oak Hill Capital Partners

PRI reporting framework 2020

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Promoting responsible investment

SG 09. Collaborative organisations / initiatives

09.1. Select the collaborative organisation and/or initiatives of which your organisation is a member or in which it participated during the reporting year, and the role you played.

Select all that apply

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Oak Hill served as a member of PRI’s Private Equity Advisory Committee from January 2016 until December of 2018.

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

In 2017, Oak Hill became a member of the Ceres Investor Network on Climate Risk. 

          Emergent Forest Finance Accelerator
        

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting year (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

With Oak Hill’s continued support, an innovative, market-based solution to
protect and preserve the world’s tropical forests has formally launched and will
soon complete its first transaction.

Tropical forests play an essential role in achieving the carbon reduction goals
of the Paris Agreement to combat climate change, and yet these irreplaceable
natural resources are being lost at alarming rates. Oak Hill understands the
urgent need to protect and restore the tropical forests that can contribute up
to one-third of the emissions reductions the world needs over the next two
decades. We also value forests’ critical role in protecting biodiversity and
supporting sustainable local development.

Recognizing this enormous potential, Oak Hill continued its support of the
Emergent Forest Finance Accelerator, an innovative effort to mobilize capital to
reduce global deforestation.  This effort is further detailed in other portions of our PRI report.  


SG 09.2. Assets managed by PRI signatories (Not Applicable)


SG 10. Promoting RI independently

10.1. Indicate if your organisation promotes responsible investment, independently of collaborative initiatives.

10.2. Indicate the actions your organisation has taken to promote responsible investment independently of collaborative initiatives. Provide a description of your role in contributing to the objectives of the selected action and the typical frequency of your participation/contribution.

Description

          The firm’s professionals have assisted PRI and EDF in the development of 4 sets of tools and resources that seek to further ESG integration across the global private equity sector.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          Oak Hill’s John Monsky and J. Crandall provide expertise and personal financial contributions to EDF to support the development, analysis, and promotion of the environmental benefits of developing REDD+ markets, a market-based solution that focuses on reducing emissions from the deforestation and degradation of forests.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          Since 2013, we have publicly released our ESG report to provide similar middle market firms with a blueprint for the development and implementation of an ESG program.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          Since 2011, the firm’s professionals have spoken at 12 industry forums related to ESG in private equity and Oak Hill’s ESG program has been featured in 6 trade publications.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          As a member of the PRI’s Private Equity Advisory Committee, the firm’s ESG Officer advised PRI staff and consultants in the development of tools, resources and events that promote responsible investment in private equity globally.
        

Frequency of contribution

10.3. Describe any additional actions and initiatives that your organisation has taken part in during the reporting year to promote responsible investment [Optional]

The sustainable management and conservation of tropical forests represents one of the most significant opportunities to mitigate climate change over the next decade.  Stopping deforestation could reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 15-20% annually, while also providing a host of other environmental and socioeconomic benefits. 

In 2018, Oak Hill catalyzed an innovative effort to reduce global deforestation through a market-based solution. The firm became a founding supporter, along with the Packard and Rockefeller Foundations, of a mission-driven investment and advisory firm to support the development of a new fund that will deliver financial incentives to make protecting forests more valuable than destroying them.  Co-created with Environmental Defense Fund (“EDF”), the Emergent Forest Finance Accelerator will significantly reduce forest degradation and the greenhouse gas emissions caused by deforestation. 

Specifically, the nonprofit investment entity will:

  • Grow a high quality supply of REDD+ credits through purchase agreements (“REDD+” stands for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries)
  • Create market demand for REDD+ credits by selling options to pre-compliance buyers (airlines, oil and gas companies, etc)
  • Demonstrate proof-of-concept and catalyze a multi-billion dollar REDD+ market that protects millions of acres of tropical forest through the use of both public and private capital

John Monsky and J. Crandall served on the Advisory Board of the organization to guide the overall strategy and leverage their relationships across the private equity sector to connect Emergent's team with legal and business expertise that can further our shared goals of forest protection.


SG 11. Dialogue with public policy makers or standard setters (Private)


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