Unicorn Asset Management
Unicorn Asset Management is an independently owned and managed investment management company offering both open and closed ended investment funds. Unicorn joined the Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative in December 2021 and made its Initial Target Disclosure in April 2023.
Percentage of assets covered by the Net Zero Asset Managers Commitment Statement
50% of total AUM (USD $0.36 billion)
Information on interim target(s) covering the proportion of assets to be managed in line with net zero
Portfolio coverage baseline
26% of AUM in material sectors is considered net zero, aligned, or aligning.
Portfolio coverage target
By 2030, 50% of total committed AuM aligned to a net zero pathway.
GHG scopes included:
Scope 1 and 2 are the basis for the targets. In our view, Scope 3 data coverage is not yet sufficient, but we intend to include Scope 3 over time.
OEIC Disclosure as of 30 November 2022
Current OEICs Scope 1&2: 82%
Current OEICs Scope 1,2&3: 47%
Current OEICs no disclosure: 19%
Net Zero Investment Framework
IEA 2050 Net Zero Scenario
Proportion of AUM committed:
Unicorn invests in UK small cap companies which are generally less developed in their formalised reporting standards and net zero strategies. Engagement and ongoing dialogue with investee companies regarding environmental issues and hiring an internal ESG analyst to the investment team will help to improve our AUM alignment with net zero in the future. We hope to be able to revise this target higher over time as our companies are demonstrating signs of progress in this area. Following internal discussion and external meetings held with the IIGCC we felt that the following initial target was most suitable starting point which was both realistic but also ambitious. Initial Target: By 2030, 50% of total AuM across OEICs (excluding MTST) committed to be managed in line with net zero (meeting the criteria to be considered aligned with Net Zero by 2050).
Policy on coal and other fossil fuel investments:
Whilst we do not have a formal science based policy in place, historically Unicorn has not invested in coal and other fossil fuel investments both on investment grounds and ESG concerns and it is unlikely we will do so going forward.