EIRIS Foundation appoints 3 new Trustees

The EIRIS Foundation, a research, advice and advocacy charity working to pioneer the next steps for sustainable finance, is delighted to formally announce the appointment of 3 new Trustees to its Board.  

The EIRIS Foundation continues to be a leading proponent of sustainable and responsible investment and business practices with a focus on the following four areas:

· The ‘S’ in ESG: Raising the profile of social issues within ESG/responsible investment including business and human rights, conflict risk and impact, and corporate lobbying on social issues; Eg: EIRIS Conflict Risk Network and co-ordinating the research for the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark

· Helping charities adopt and shape Responsible Investment: Helping charities and other civil society organisations align their investments with their missions and also work with other responsible investors to advance those missions

· The Sustainable Finance Landscape: Tackling the challenges of scale and impact created by the rapid growth of responsible investment: building on past successes, avoiding greenwashing and other hazards and focussing on real world outcomes

· Addressing the big challenges: Finding effective means for responsible and sustainable investment to play their role in responding to the multiple emergencies we face on climate, biodiversity, sustainable development & inequality

At this crucial time, we welcome the depth and breadth of experience and expertise that our new Board members; Áine Clarke, Ivana Gazibara and Vaidehee Sachdev will bring to the organisation.  

Contact: Lisa Stonestreet [email protected]  

About the new trustees

Áine Clarke: Áine leads the global forced labour benchmark KnowTheChain – a resource for companies and investors to understand and address forced labour and labour rights risks and impact within global supply chains. She also coordinates the investor engagement strategy for the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre. Prior to this she led investor engagement on the Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI) at the UK based responsible investment charity, ShareAction. While there, she was seconded to the Project Task Force on the European Sustainability Reporting Standards (EFRAG), developing the draft workforce standards for the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD). Having worked as a public equities researcher after completing her Masters in International Political Economy (IPE), Áine has a keen understanding of both the fundamentals and broader power structures of capital markets.

Ivana Gazibara: A foresight and systems change expert with more than 15 years of experience in sustainability strategy and innovation, Ivana leads the design and development of systemic investment prototypes at the TransCap Initiative. She has previously led Forum for the Future’s futures practice, where she incubated and ran The Futures Centre, the only open, participatory futures platform focused on horizon scanning with the purpose of advancing a sustainable future. Prior to that, she was part of SustainAbility’s emerging economies team, building the organisation’s practice in India and Brazil. Ivana sits on the Advisory Board for the LionTrusts Sustainable Future funds team. She has an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Toronto.

Vaidehee Sachdev: Vaidhee leads Aviva Investors’ work on social issues in the ESG Liquid Markets team, with a focus on stewardship and integration on human and labour rights issues. Vaidehee worked in the NGO sector prior to joining Aviva Investors. This included developing a corporate reporting framework for workforce and labour practices at ShareAction, and delivering research on human rights abuses, corruption and minority groups for environmental and human rights organisations.

About the EIRIS Foundation:  

The EIRIS Foundation is a research, advice and advocacy charity that pioneers the next steps for sustainable finance. Our vision is a financial system that works for people and planet. We have over 40 years’ experience of providing free and objective information on sustainable finance and corporate activity to other charities and the public

Our mission is to use research, analysis and influence to identify gaps, barriers, opportunities and enablers so that we can help organizations and individuals maximise their contribution to the responsible business and investment agenda.