Have you heard?

This is our first podcast, a prototype if you like, or a ‘proto-pod’…

In this inaugural episode, our very own Sunniva Gautvik chats with geologist Jo Alexander and senior campaigner Jeanne Martin about a recent report warning us of the difference between a world limited to 2°C degrees of climate change, and one limited to 1.5°C degrees. She breaks down the role and challenges for investors, companies, and savers.

About ShareAction

Our vision is a world where ordinary savers and institutional investors work together to ensure our communities and environment are safe and sustainable for all.

Our mission is to unleash the positive potential of the mainstream investment system. To do this:

We’re building a movement for change in our investment system by working with people inside and outside the industry to challenge the status quo;

We’re unlocking the positive potential of the investment system by working with large and small investors to change unsustainable corporate practices;

We’re reforming the investment system by advocating for change in the policies, governance, and incentives that drive behaviours in the investment industry.

What is responsible investment?

Responsible investment is an investment strategy which integrates environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into investment analysis and decisions. It recognises that ESG factors can have an impact on the financial value of an investment and also that investments have an impact on the world around us. A responsible approach to investment recognises that long-term prosperity requires a move away from short-term profit as the only definition of value.

Catch up on the latest news from our community

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Finding Meaning and Hope After Climate Breakdown Threat

By Jeanne Martin, Senior Campaigns Officer Last week, the IPCC (a group of UN climate scientists) released a report quantifying the differences between a 1.5C and a 2C world. Its key message? The next 12 years will determine whether or not we can avert the worst consequences of climate change – such as 10cm rise

Statue of Goddess Justitia with scales

Reprogramming the Economy for Inclusive Growth Is a Prudent Investment

By David O’Sullivan, Policy Officer This month, we mark the 10th anniversary of the 2008 financial crash with distressing levels of poverty prevalent in the UK. According to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 8 million people in the UK are living in ‘in-work poverty’ – where the household income is below the poverty threshold despite one

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Our Top Ten Moments from AGM Season

By Michael Kind, Shareholder Activism Coordinator AGM season has come to an end for this year. We facilitated 142 questions at 86 AGMs, keeping the issues that matter on the table of FTSE100 CEOs. Here are our top 10 moments:

What people have to say about us

  • As large investors, pension funds own substantial parts of the global economy and have a stake in maintaining its long-term health and stability.

    Niklas Ekvall, Chief Executive, AP4 Speaking on the launch of our AODP ranking of the 100 largest public pension funds.
  • ShareAction has become the premier organisation to give voice to those who wish to invest their values as well as their assets.

    Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States of America speaking at ShareAction’s annual Guest Lecture, March 2013
  • I made a promise last year to someone who asked a question from ShareAction about the environmental performance of the business, that I hadn’t included in the presentation. So, this is me, very proudly delivering on that commitment.

    Dave Lewis, CEO, Tesco (speaking at Tesco’s 2018 annual general meeting) https:\www.youtube.com\embed\FjuZnFAkiNk?rel=0&showinfo=0
  • The inquiry heard that not all trustees appreciate the financial risks and opportunities presented by climate change... This is disappointing given our guidance and the work of ShareAction... It’s to the credit of ShareAction and UKSIF that it has been created and we believe it will be useful, practical information for trustees.

    Fred Berry, Lead Investment Consultant, The Pensions Regulator http://www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/press/fred-berry-uksif-ownership-day.aspx
  • Part of Landsec’s commitment to the WDI involves disclosing data not only on its directly employed workforce, but also employees in its supply chains. This is pushing us to look at areas that we haven’t looked at before and is highlighting gaps in our knowledge. For us, the most noticeable data gaps are with our one-off contractual relationships and construction projects.

    Edward Dixon, Sustainability Insights Director, Land Securities https://www.ciob.org/sites/default/files/CIOBReportonUKConstructionandtheModernSlaveryAct_0.pdf
  • We welcome the auto-enrolment ranking from ShareAction which highlights a number of key issues of interest to ourselves and the pensions industry at large. ShareAction do a great job as champions of responsible investing and it contains some important and challenging findings.

    Emma Douglas, Head of DC Distributions, Legal & General Investment Management https://corporate-adviser.com/field-backs-report-slamming-ae-providers-weapons-investment/
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