Steve is Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva Investors. Steve leads Aviva Investors’ Global Responsible Investment team. This team is responsible for integrating environmental social and corporate governance (ESG) issues across all asset classes and regions of the c£250bn of assets under management. Steve founded the Sustainable Stock Exchange initiative as well as the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Coalition, which is aiming to catalyse a UN Convention promoting enhanced corporate transparency and integrated reporting. His work became a case study in the Harvard Business School MBA in 2012.
Steve received the Leadership in Sustainability award from the Corporation of London in 2013, and he became an Ambassador for the International Integrated Reporting Council. He was a member of the UK Government delegation to the UN Rio+20 meeting in 2012, and a member of the European Commission’s expert groups on corporate governance and corporate responsibility. In 2011 he received the Yale Rising Star in Corporate Governance Award, and he was among the Financial News Top 100 Rising Stars in 2009.
Steve was on the board of the UK Sustainable Investment & Finance association (UKSIF) from 2003 to 2010, serving as its Chairman from 2006. He was also part of the expert group that wrote the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment.
Steve is a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst institute, has a degree in Economics and a PhD in sustainable finance. He is a faculty member at the International Corporate Governance Network as well as the Cambridge University Programme for Sustainability Leadership.