Chair – Representative of the Church of England Pensions Board
Adam is the Chief Responsible Investment Officer (CRIO) at the £3.4 billion Church of England Pensions Board. He is the co-Director of the Investment Team with the CIO. He is also the founder of the $50 trillion in AUM backed Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) and a former Board Member of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, (IIGCC). He is the Chair of the Global Investor Commission on Mining 2030 that commenced work in September 2023. The Commission has been established to create a consensus across the finance sector for a vision of socially and environmentally responsible mining. The Commission will have a particular focus on the intersection between mineral extraction and conflict.
Following the Brumadinho Tailings Dam disaster in Brazil in January 2019, Adam set up and Chairs the $25 trillion backed Mining and Tailings Safety Initiative. He also represented the UN backed Principles for Responsible Investment in the development of the first Global Tailings Standard, and now co-convenes together with the UN the international process to establish an Independent Global Tailings Institute to implement the Standard and drive safety standards across the mining industry.
As part of his work as Co-Chair of the Corporate Programme at IIGCC Adam has led the development of the first Net Zero Standard for the Oil and Gas sector and the Diversified mining sector.
Adam created and founded the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) which is an asset owner-led and asset manager-supported global initiative which assess companies’ preparedness for the transition to the low carbon economy (and publishes this through the London School of Economics.) He also set up and co-chaired with the Dutch fund APG the Paris Aligned Investing Initiative of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) that produced the first global Net Zero Investment Framework for pension funds and investment managers. He now co-chairs with APG the global Asset Owner Board of the Paris Aligned Investing Initiative comprising all regional investor networks.
In 2022 the Archbishop of Canterbury awarded Adam the Canterbury Cross for his work on climate change and in establishing the Transition Pathway Initiative.