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Trustees
EIRIS Foundation
  • Salary Voluntary, but reasonable expenses will be met
  • Location Lambeth, London, Greater London
  • Job Type Voluntary
  • Category Trustees
  • Sectors Environment
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Job Description

Could you help our Board guide and contribute to our work helping charities and other responsible investors create a more sustainable and responsible economy?

The EIRIS Foundation is currently looking for three new trustees who will be members of its Board of Directors to help take the Foundation into new fields and achieve its new ambitions. The main requirements are:

  • Sound governance experience;
  • Interest in and some knowledge of ethical investment/corporate responsibility;
  • Ability to attend four meetings a year in London and participate in other Board/EIRIS activities from time to time;
  • Current experience of working at a senior level on one of the four strategies that the foundation has recently adopted for the next 3-5 years.

On this occasion we are particularly interested in identifying trustees with

  • investment experience (particularly in the charity sector) or
  • experience of ethical or sustainable investment in the retail sector.
  • We would also welcome applications from those with relevant experience who would strengthen our board in other ways. For example, recent turnover amongst trustees has reduced our gender and ethnic diversity so we would also like to take this opportunity to strength the board in that respect as well.

The EIRIS Foundation’s 3-5 year strategies are aiming to advance our vision of a financial and corporate system that encourages sustainable and responsible wealth creation and management. We want our research and work with charities, NGOs, investors & corporates to contribute to a shift in economic activity that protects and restores environmental, social, intellectual and financial capital in long term partnerships with and for the benefit of all stakeholders.

To achieve this we have agreed upon to focus on the following strategies:

  • Enhance the integrity of the good money/ethical investment services available to individual investors
  • Help charities and other civil society organisations invest and fundraise in conformity with their objectives and gain investor support for advancing these objectives
  • Improve Corporate Responsibility practices, based on our unique understanding of ethical business
  • Strengthen the influence of investors on companies to adopt stronger policies on long term sustainable and responsible wealth creation

We will generally be pursuing these strategies through our own staff and in partnership with other organisations rather than through grant-giving and we are looking for trustees who can contribute to the work itself and to gathering resources and contacts to develop it. 

The EIRIS Foundation is a 19% shareholder in Vigeo Eiris formed by the merger of our former subsidiary EIRIS with its French counterpart, Vigeo, and the Foundation’s role as a shareholder and partner with Vigeo Eiris in area of mutual interest is also an important concern of trustees.

Trustees/Board members are not paid though reasonable expenses are met.

The closing date for the initial round of applications is Friday 28th July at 4pm. We plan to hold interviews in London on Thursday 3rd August.

For further information please see our website where there are also details of how to arrange an informal conversation with John O’Reilly who chairs the Board, if that would be helpful. 

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