Fiona is MD of the Principles for Responsible Investment. She joined the PRI in 2013, and now has overall responsibility for the PRI’s operations globally. Fiona has more than 20 years' experience in the pension sector, working in particular in Australian superannuation; she has a particular interest in retirement outcomes for women. Prior to joining the PRI, Fiona spent seven years as CEO at the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees, and formerly held various other board roles. In September 2012, she was named by the Australian Financial Review as one of Australia’s top 100 women of influence for her work in public policy. Fiona also serves on the board of the UN Global Compact, the Council of the International Integrated Reporting Council, the Global Advisory Council on Stranded Assets at Oxford University, the UN Business for Peace Steering Committee, and the Steering Committee for Investors on Climate Change.
The barriers preventing women entering boardrooms in greater numbers are various and complex, but new recruiting policies, female networks and mentoring schemes can all be used to help women climb higher.
The drive to a carbon-free economy, use of robotics and introduction of artificial intelligence will mean profound changes for the global workforce. Investors must play their part in managing a “Just Transition” for employees.