Update: 2018 Workers’ Capital Conference Program

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The 2018 Workers’ Capital Conference will be held in San Francisco, California on Monday, September 10 from 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm and Tuesday, September 11, from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.

The draft conference agenda is available here. Please note that the agenda is subject to change.

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.

The 2018 Conference will include the following panels:

  • Asset manager accountability on social issues: For asset owners, the task of establishing accountability from asset managers on social issues is fraught with challenges. This session will report on the CWC’s new asset manager accountability initiative while examining gaps between discourse and action, discussing asset owner experiences in approaching asset managers and exploring strategies moving forward.
  • Workers’ rights in the investment chain: This session will review progress by trade unions to elevate the profile of workers’ rights in investment chain initiatives since the launch of the CWC Guidelines on Workers’ Rights and Labour Standards in 2017.
  • Infrastructure: This session will discuss concrete initiatives that seek to help trustees reconcile pension board decision making with the general interest of the trade union movement as they pertain to this asset class including the CWC Trustee Guidance Note on Pension Fund Investment, the ACTU labour standards code for infrastructure asset managers and the development of responsible contractor policies in the US.
  • Fees in the investment chain: The transparency of costs paid by asset owners has gained increasing attention and scrutiny from regulators and governments in recent years. This session will report on recent regulatory developments in Australia, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA and will chart a path to build the capacity of trustees and unions to seek better cost transparency.
  • The strategic role of investors in a Just Transition: Investor responses to climate change continue to gain momentum in the form of shareholder engagement, capital allocation decisions and policy dialogues. While the implications of the climate transition for workers and communities has not been embedded into the bulk of these investor responses, the concept of just transition is gaining ground. This session will take stock of progress and discuss ongoing initiatives.
  • Lessons learned from the responsible stewardship of workers’ capital : This facilitated dialogue session will examine key campaigns in several asset classes that CWC participants have brought to the network this year. Trade union representatives and trustees will discuss successes, challenges, trustee support, asset manager engagement and the relationship is between capital stewardship and other aspects of union campaigns.

Registration

  • 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.