Colin Baines

Investment Engagement Manager

Colin is responsible for integrating the Foundation’s endowment with its mission, including using it as a tool to bring about change.

His work enables the Foundation to use its influence as an asset owner and shareholder to encourage investee company behaviour change and wider system change. He is also responsible for the Foundation’s new strategic, thematic approach that integrates grant-making, social impact investing, and mainstream market investment engagement.

Previously, Colin worked for the Co-operative Bank and Group during which time he held responsibilities for the Co-op Bank Ethical Policy, Co-op Asset Management Ethical Engagement Policy, Co-op Group social goals campaigns, and corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies.

At the Foundation, Colin has run the ‘ESG investing olympics’, a first of its kind competitive investment manager tender to meet challenging new policy and help bring transparency, and launched the ‘COP26 declaration of asset owner climate expectations’.

Colin has a long track record of shareholder engagement, including pioneering climate risk and engagement with the oil industry on tar sands in 2008, with resolutions co-filed at BP and Shell in 2010. At the Foundation he has co-filed resolutions at Total, HSBC, Standard Chartered, and Sainsbury’s.

He has long supported the energy transition. At the Foundation he has developed an impact investment portfolio of community energy and engaged the energy utility sector on the just transition to net zero, securing the world’s first formal just transition strategy from SSE plc in 2020, followed by EDF, Centrica, and Scottish Power.

He is a non-executive director of Snowball Impact Management, member of advisory committees to the London School of Economics Grantham Research Institute and the Impact Investing Institute, and is vice chair of the climate charity Possible.