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 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 labour market policy, the materiality of employment issues, the importance of bargaining power and more.
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
*Please note, the conference will run in two sessions (10:00 - 12:30 & 14:00 - 16:30). After registering, individual login details will be provided for each session via a calendar invite to the email provided.