Driving positive environmental and social impact through our
clients’ portfolios, in alignment with their mission, has been at
the core of Capricorn’s investment philosophy
Impact is embedded in our DNA and we evaluate the potential for environmental and social impact (and negative externalities) at every step of our investment process. We ensure consistency and responsibility of impact evaluation throughout the investment lifecycle.
We are committed to working with our clients to build portfolios that not only generate positive impact, but are well-positioned for the new social, environmental, and economic structures that will define the future.
Impact investments span public and private investments and asset classes. Categorizing impact by four key issue areas allows us to integrate key thematic impact goals into long-term asset allocation frameworks.
Protect natural resources and preserve the capability of the environment to support human life.
Support healthy living through disease prevention, improved health care delivery, and health care technology innovation.
Improve the financial well-being and security of economically disadvantaged communities and individuals.
Purposefully integrate environmental and social priorities into investment approach and business operations.
Our holistic impact framework enables consistent impact evaluation of our investment managers and portfolio companies. We engage in regular discussion of progress and transparency around challenges.
We recognize the power of diverse backgrounds and experiences not only in our own team, but in the managers we source and partner with. We actively engage with fund managers to understand and improve racial and gender diversity in our client portfolios.
It is our belief that all companies have a responsibility to address climate change, and companies that underperform on climate metrics face an increased level of financial risk. We measure portfolio holdings on their greenhouse gas emissions, alignment with a low carbon future, and potential transition risk or stranded asset risk due to regulatory action.
Through our portfolio building process, we identified gaps in investment offerings to address environmental and social issue areas. In order to mobilize capital to such issue areas, Capricorn created or co-created over 20 new funds and asset management firms with sustainability at the core of their investment philosophy.
We believe in the power of collaboration to advance our collective missions. We have developed strategic partnerships with a range of non-profit networks and targeted initiatives, including:
Certified B Corporations are leaders in the global movement for an inclusive, equitable, and regenerative economy.
B Corp member since 2014
BankFWD aims to accelerate the decarbonization of the financial sector by mobilizing stakeholders and sectors to engage their banks on Paris-aligned climate action.
The Carbon Call helps accelerate ongoing work to improve measurement, reporting, and verification of GHG emissions and removal, primarily for the corporate sector.
CDP is a not-for-profit charity that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts. Capricorn has worked with CDP to lead and participate in carbon disclosure campaigns.
Ceres is a nonprofit organization working to solve the world’s greatest sustainability challenges and inspire equitable market-based policy solutions throughout the economy.
Investor Network Member
Confluence Philanthropy supports and catalyzes its membership to transform the practice of investing by aligning capital with our community’s values of sustainability, equity, and justice.
Practitioner Member since 2023
CREO is a public charity working to invest and catalyze $1 trillion of capital into climate and sustainability solutions towards the decarbonization transition by 2025.
The Environmental Defense Fund is a nonprofit organization guided by science and economics to find practical and lasting solutions for critical environmental problems.
The Global Impact Investing Network is the global champion of impact investing, dedicated to increasing its scale and effectiveness around the world.
IEN focuses on addressing inequality and the climate crisis by connecting over 200 active members to stay up to date on the latest best practices, develop partnerships, and advance the field.
The Investor Network on Climate Risk works with members to advance sustainable investment practices, engage with corporate leaders, and advocate for key policy solutions toward a net zero emissions economy.
MIE provides resources, inspiration, and connections to help members increase the scale and impact of their impact investing practice.
Affiliate Member since 2021
The Net Zero Asset Managers initiative is an international group of asset managers committed to supporting the goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner.
Became a signatory in 2021
The PRI works to support its international network of investor signatories in understanding and incorporating ESG factors into their investment and ownership decisions.
Became a signatory in 2008