Adam Matthews

Adam Matthews

Chief Responsible Investment Officer
Church of England Pensions Board

About this Speaker

Adam is the Co-Director of the Investment Team responsible for Ethics and Engagement for the Church of England Pensions Board; he is also the Chair of the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) and a Board Member of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, (IIGCC). He co-leads engagement with Royal Dutch Shell on behalf of the global investor engagement initiative, Climate Action 100+, that led to the 2018 joint statement on climate targets agreed between Shell and institutional investors and Shell’s 2021 Net Zero Commitment.

Following the Brumadinho Tailings Dam disaster that killed 270 people in Brazil in January 2019, Adam set up and co-led the Mining and Tailings Safety Initiative with John Howchin, Secretary General of the Council on Ethics of the Swedish National Pension Funds. He also represents the UN backed Principles for Responsible Investment as a co – convenor of the Global Tailings Review that produced the first ever Global Tailings Standard. He is now working together with the UN and the Swedish Pension Funds to establish an independent global institute to implement the Standard and drive safety standards across the mining industry.

Adam founded the $24 trillion backed Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) an asset owner-led and asset manager-supported global initiative which assess companies’ preparedness for the transition to the low carbon economy (and publishes this through the London School of Economics). Adam is also the lead for the Church of England on the Mining and Faith Reflections Initiative (MFRI) a forum that convenes dialogues between mining company CEO’s and Church leaders.  Recently he set up and co-chairs with the Dutch fund APG the Paris Aligned Investing Initiative of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) that produced the first global Net Zero Investment Framework for pension funds and investment managers. 

Adam also served as a member of the Royal College of Physicians Investment Advisory Board and on the Pension and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) Stewardship Advisory Group.