A Framework for Effective Risk Management

Responsible Investment is the umbrella for corporate responsibility within Antares. Our commitment to Responsible Investment reflects who we are, the role we play in the broader financial ecosystem, and how we can deliver value. These principles inform how we manage risk and assess investment opportunities. Further, effective engagement with our employees, local communities, and broader stakeholders helps drive our responsible Investment efforts.

As one element of our investment process for our Private Credit business, we apply the SASB Standards (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board) as a framework to review investments and weigh risk. This means looking closely at each investment with a lens on environment, social capital, human capital, business model and innovation, and leadership and governance. We also complete a relevant assessment of material environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) factors, alongside other factors, as part of the investment process for our Liquid Credit platform.

As a Principles for Responsible Investment (“PRI”) signatory, we seek an active role in promoting Responsible Investment. A strong Responsible Investment proposition correlates with effective risk assessment and leverages insights across the portfolio.

Responsible Investment within Antares is characterized by collaboration with both our Private Credit and Liquid Credit peers, as well as other stakeholders within the asset management community. We factor in the needs of our private equity clients and what is most relevant for our borrowers. The breadth and scale of our portfolio of our private equity-backed companies provide a unique perspective and opportunity to engage on Responsible Investment topics with each stakeholder.

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2023 Responsible Investment Report

Responsible Investment is integrated in our business and embedded in our identity as a leading provider of financing and investment solutions. In this inaugural Responsible Investment Report, we share what Responsible Investment looks like in practice at Antares.

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The PRI is a globally recognized organization that promotes Responsible Investment practices within the financial industry, including asset owners, investment managers, and service providers. Antares became a PRI signatory in 2021 and we completed our first PRI voluntary reporting submission in 2023. These principles offer a framework for integrating ESG considerations into investment decision-making and ownership practices.

Corporate Citizenship

Our approach to Responsible Investment reflects the fact that as we assess our borrowers based on the SASB Standards and ESG frameworks, we also have a responsibility to look at ourselves from a corporate citizenship perspective. Our position as a market-leading financial firm influences how we think about our role as a corporate citizen.

At the corporate level, we leverage our relationships with our private equity sponsors and borrowers, sharing best practices related to Responsible Investment factors and linking efforts with stakeholders across our financial ecosystem. We have also begun developing our approach to climate-related issues, engaging with third-party experts to measure our own climate footprint for the first time as a firm and identify areas where we can start to translate collected data into relevant actions.

We also believe we have a responsibility to help drive greater diversity in our markets, unlocking opportunities for historically underrepresented talent. We address this through our DEI commitment, our REACH program, and our We Build Community charitable giving strategy.

Giving Rooted in Equity

Through Antares’ Charitable Giving program, we strive to make the communities where we live and work a better place for all. We do so in a variety of ways, whether through our Employee Impact Group giving, our employee-led local office giving initiatives, or our Company Matching Program. We strategically focus our giving to create lasting impact supporting underserved youth, education, health, and social justice and equity. Hands-on involvement from our employee base further amplifies our impact.

Antares is proud to support mission-aligned nonprofit organizations at a corporate and local level. This includes the following nonprofits, a subset of the broader array of organizations we support.

Giving Back in Our Communities

Supporting Historically Underrepresented Talent in Business

Antares’ REACH program helps level the playing field for entrepreneurs who are members of historically underrepresented groups, including women, people of color, military-affiliated, persons with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals. Partnering with Hello Alice, a multichannel platform that helps businesses launch and grow, the goal is to expand access to capital and resources for these entrepreneurs at their earliest foundational stages.

As part of the REACH program, Antares also supports grassroots community partners to help create a stronger ecosystem of support for historically underrepresented small business owners. This philanthropic program represents the intersection of charitable giving, engagement in the communities in which we live and work, and our commitment to DEI – while connecting to our heritage and purpose as a finance company.

REACH Grassroots Community Partners

These partners extend the flow of capital to diverse founders by providing effective and tangible resources in the form of grants, professional networks, training, mentorships, pitch coaching, and founder community building. Additionally, we have begun exploring partnerships with organizations focused on supporting emerging fund managers from historically underrepresented groups – specifically where we can contribute philanthropic dollars to support their programming (e.g., Recast Capital’s Enablement program).