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Catherine Howarth

Chief Executive, ShareAction

BACKGROUND / Academic and professional background

Catherine has been leading ShareAction, the movement for responsible investment, since July 2008, having previously been the founder and lead organiser of West London Citizens. Earlier in her career she was Senior Researcher at the New Policy Institute.

Catherine is a board member of Green Alliance, a prominent environmental think tank. She was a Member Nominated Trustee of The Pensions Trust (the multi-employer pension scheme for the UK’s not-for-profit sector) for five years until Spring 2013. She also served for four years on The Pensions Trust’s Investment Committee.

Catherine holds a First Class BA in Modern History from Oxford University and an MSc in Industrial Relations from the London School of Economics.

Catherine was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, for her work on reform of the investment industry, in 2014. In June 2011 Catherine was named a ‘Rising Star of Corporate Governance’ by Yale University’s Millstein Center. In 2013, Pensions Insight featured her as one of the 50 most influential people in pensions and in May 2011 Investment and Pensions Europe called her one of the ‘top ten women in pensions’.

ACHIEVEMENT/ What is the project/initiative/startup/company you will be presenting at the Positive Economy Forum all about ?

ShareAction is the UK’s leading civil society organisation campaigning for an investment system that serves people with savings, society and the environment. ShareAction has established a reputation for effective campaigning on a wide range of issues where institutional investors have influence, including environmental damage by oil majors, excessive executive pay, and responsible supply chain management.

LOCATION/ In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities ?

ShareAction is based in London, and has recently expanded its campaigning into continental Europe.

IMPACT/ What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental…of the activity, project, initiative, startup, company ?

ShareAction engages with asset owners, asset managers and listed companies on environmental, social and governance issues. The charity also lobbies government at the national and European level for a more sustainable and democratically accountable investment system. We are currently engaging with financial service providers and listed companies around climate change, workers’ rights, corporate lobbying, digital rights, tax evasion, CEO pay and many other areas of concern. We aim to provide a voice for the savers whose money forms the working capital of listed companies across the globe.

QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you.

“Not everything that can be counted, counts; and not everything that counts can be counted.”