WORK – The Conference, Wednesday 5th May 2021
The Covid-19 pandemic has served to remind us of the vital role played by workers in a range of industries. Our societies rely on often modestly paid workers in sectors like social care, food production and distribution.
Yet despite increased rhetoric about the importance of the S in ESG, most events touch briefly on these issues, in particular in relation to labour and employment. We know that investors are interested in understanding employment issues more deeply, and that workers and labour organisations want their concerns to attract more attention from responsible investors.
To shift the balance, we have decided to a day-long online ‘conference’ devoted to employment-related ESG issues, and nothing else. It will put work, and workers, centre stage for once.
Sessions will focus on topics such as the future of work, US labour market and ESG policy, the materiality of employment issues, the importance of health and safety and more.
Speakers include:
Matthew Taylor, head of UK Government’s Review of Employment

Paul Nowak, Deputy General Secretary, Trades Union Congress

Dr Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director, The Equality Trust

Christine Berry, author writing on democratic ownership (Verso 2022) and senior fellow at the Finance Lab

Duncan Symonds, Executive Director, IFM Investors

Katie Hepworth, Director of Workers’ Rights, Australian Centre for Corporate Responsibility

Caroline Escott, Senior Investment Manager – Active Ownership, Railpen

Damon Silvers, Director of Policy and Special Counsel, AFL-CIO

Mary Morris, Investment Officer, Sustainable Investment and Stewardship Strategies, CalSTRS


Attendance is free. Register here.