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Catherine Howarth

Chief Executive, FairPensions, UK
Catherine HowarthCatherine Howarth

Catherine Howarth has been chief executive of FairPensions since July 2008. Established in 2005, FairPensions is the United Kingdom’s only charity that is devoted to campaigning for responsible investment in the pensions industry. It aims to mobilize the financial power of pension investments to improve corporate behavior. Howarth was previously employed at London Citizens. During seven years there she developed a high-profile campaign for a London living wage, successfully influencing a broad cross-section of stakeholders, including companies, investors, public bodies, and politicians. Previously she was senior researcher at the New Policy Institute, London. Howarth has a first-class BA in modern history from Oxford University and an MSc in industrial relations from the London School of Economics. She is a member-nominated trustee at the Pensions Trust and a member of the Pensions Trust’s investment committee.

Articles by this Author

  • Mobilizing the Power of Pension Funds to Transform Corporate Behavior
    by Catherine Howarth
    FairPensions owes its origins to the pioneering campaign by students and university staff to influence the investment strategy of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) in the 1990s. Campaigners pressed the fund’s trustees to invest more ethically and responsibly. The USS didn’t go as far as introducing ethically based screening, but it did adopt a robust, responsible investment strategy that committed it to active engagement with...

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