2018 Workers’ Capital Conference

Join us in San Francisco (USA) on September 10-11 for the 2018 Workers’ Capital Conference. The annual conference is the premier forum for international collaboration and dialogue between trade unions and pension fund trustees to effect change in the global economy through the responsible investment of workers’ capital – more than USD35 trillion.

We are pleased to be organizing this year’s conference with the AFL-CIO. We would like to thank LiUNA! and the Laborers Local 261 for hosting our conference.

This year, the CWC is partnering with the Initiative for Responsible Investment Trustee Leadership Forum and SHARE to hold a Trustee Leadership Workshop prior to the conference. Please note that this event is for trustees only and participation will be capped at 40.

This year’s conference panels will include topics such as asset manager accountability, private sector, workers’ rights in the investment chain, infrastructure, fees in the investment chain, capital stewardship case studies from the logistics sector and just transition.

Our conference keynote is Lenore Palladino, Senior Economist and Policy Counsel at the Roosevelt Institute. An expert on inequality and finance, Dr. Palladino’s most recent thought-provoking work examines how stock buybacks artificially boost share prices, rewarding shareholders and executives to the detriment of workers and the broader economy.

Important Dates

  • The Committee on Workers’ Capital Trustee Leadership Workshop: September 10 (8:30 am-12:30 pm)
  • The Workers’ Capital Conference : September 10 (1:30 pm-5:30 pm) and 11 (8:30 am -4:00 pm)

Please note that the following events will be held in San Francisco following the CWC Conference:

Basic Information

Simultaneous French and Spanish interpretation will be available during the CWC Conference


  • To register, click here. Note that participation in the CWC is open to representatives from the trade union movement. If you are a trade union movement representative who is not yet a CWC participant, please click here to register with the CWC, access the participants’ area on our website and register for the conference.

Travel and Event Information

  • For travel and event information click here [updated regularly].

Program Details

Trustee Leadership Workshop

Shareholder Activism Working Group

  • The working group will meet on Monday, September 10 at the conference venue from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, just prior to the start of the conference.
  • For draft agenda, click here.

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