ShareAction is a registered charity campaigning for responsible investment by European pension funds and the fund managers who serve them. At the core of our mission is giving pension savers and retail investors a stronger voice in the system that invests their money, and recognition of their ethical concerns about corporate behaviour. ShareAction also works with a network of charities, including foundations, who want to be active as responsible investors. We help these charitable investors to establish dialogue with companies in their portfolios on issues that are relevant to their charitable mission.
Previously I worked for eight years as a community organiser were I gained much hard won experience and insight into the dynamics of citizen participation. My personal interest in the pensions arena is figuring out how working people who are saving for retirement can be motivated and mobilised to hold institutions investing on their behalf accountable and focused on long-term sustainable investing. The rapid emergence of defined contribution schemes as the norm in the UK creates far greater exposure to investment risk for millions of people. Whilst this is deeply worrying it should provide an incentive for many more people to question patterns and styles of investing which do not serve their long term interests.
I am most interested in the working group on fiduciary duty of long-term investors.