Decades of Impact: Tim Smith's Journey in Responsible Investing and Corporate Advocacy (Part Two)

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In this second part of this episode, Frank and Tim dig into the “E” in ESG—the environment. With climate change an increasingly urgent issue, they discuss the vital role of responsible investing in driving corporate accountability for environmental impacts. Tim also reflects on his decades of leadership while underscoring the collective responsibility we all share in building a sustainable future.

About Tim Smith: For anyone remotely connected to responsible investing or corporate responsibility, Tim Smith requires little to no introduction. He is one of ICCR’s founding staff members and has been a leader in our field for over five decades.

Tim currently serves as ICCR’s Senior Policy Advisor, where he supports ICCR’s work around responsible political engagement, deepening engagements with asset managers, and responding to the pushback on ESG, as well as serving as a mentor for ICCR members and staff.

Tim served on the ICCR staff for 30 years, including 24 years as its Executive Director. In 2000, Tim joined Boston Trust Walden where he led the organization’s shareholder engagement efforts for 22 years. In 2007, 2012, and 2013, Tim was named one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics” by the Ethisphere Institute. In 2010, he received the Bavaria Award for Impact at the third annual Joan Bavaria Awards for Building Sustainability into the Capital Markets. In 2011 and 2012, he was named one of the most influential people in corporate governance by the National Association of Corporate Directors, and in 2016, Tim received the ICCR’s Legacy Award for his enduring record of demonstrated influence on corporate policies.

Tim has served on multiple boards and chaired advisory councils for several different institutions. He currently serves as chair for Shared Interest, which mobilizes economic resources for communities in Southern Africa.

Tim earned a BA from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary.