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’s Ethical Policy, Co-op Investments’ Ethical Engagement Policy, Co-op Group social goals campaigns, and corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies.

Colin has co-authored ground-breaking reports on climate risk and ‘stranded asset’ risk, led high profile investor and oil industry engagement culminating in shareholder resolutions at Shell and BP, and led an investor, business and NGO coalition that successfully advocated for mandatory greenhouse gas reporting for all FTSE companies. Colin also co-founded the Community Energy Coalition and successfully campaigned for, and contributed to, DECC’s Community Energy Strategy. He has given evidence to House of Commons select committee, and has sat on several government and trade association working groups.

In his spare time, he is a member of advisory groups to Birkbeck College, University of London, and the UK Energy Research Centre, supports the Beaver Lake Cree Nation in Canada in its legal battle against tar sands expansion within its traditional territories, and is a non-executive director of Stop Funding Hate, a non-partisan human rights campaign with the aim of persuading companies to adopt ethical advertising as part of their CSR commitments.

If there is one word that sums up the job for Colin it’s ‘mission’!