A Collective Engagement Working Group was formed, and concluded that the Investor Forum should be established.
The Investor Forum was established as a not-for- profit member organisation. Simon Fraser and Andy Griffiths were appointed as Chairman and Executive Director respectively.
The focus of the first year was identifying a membership base, and proving the concept for the collective engagement model. Four full engagements were completed: Standard Chartered plc, Tate & Lyle plc, Rolls Royce plc and Sports Direct plc.
The “Collective Engagement Framework” was published, with support from a panel of legal advisers. The founding 20 asset managers and asset owners committed financial support for a period of three years, and total Membership grew to 33. Three full engagements were reported: Cobham plc, Mitie Group plc, and Royal Dutch Shell plc. The Forum collaborated with EY in a project to Improve the Reporting of Long-Term Value.
Membership increased to 35. Seven full engagements were reported, including BT Group plc, London Stock Exchange plc, Rio Tinto plc and Worldpay plc. Significant projects in the year including Working Practices in the Apparel Sector and the BankingFutures Pathway to Long-term Value.
Member numbers grew to 43. Six full engagements were reported, including Centrica plc, Reckitt Benckiser plc, Shire plc and Unilever plc. Projects in the year including Working Practices in the Food Sector and ADR Voting Practices.
Membership reached 50. Six full engagements were reported, including First Group plc, Imperial Brands plc and Vodafone plc. Projects in the year included The Four Dialogues, Working Practices in the Construction Sector and Setting Standards to address Marine Plastic Pollution. An update to the Collective Engagement Framework was published in September 2019.
Membership reached 52. Eleven full engagements are reported, including Aviva plc, Barclays plc, Pearson plc and SSP Group plc. Significant projects include; Promoting Well-Functioning Markets; Voting Transparency; the Four O’clock Forum series.
Membership reached 56. Six reported Engagements – Including BT Group plc, HSBC Group plc. Significant projects include: Governing for Growth; Irish voting turnout; Stakeholder Capitalism