Steven Heim
Boston Common Asset Management

Steven is primarily responsible for ESG research and shareholder engagement and has over 22 years of experience in the Sustainable and Responsible Investment field. He has engaged companies on issue areas including environmental risk management, global climate change, Indigenous Peoples’ rights, workplace human rights, genetically engineered foods, and global supply chain labor standards. Steven has over 20 years of socially responsible investing and advocacy experience.
 
Since 2007, Steven has served as the Chair of the advocacy subcommittee of the Social Investment Forum’s Indigenous Peoples Working Group (IPWG) and serves on the IPWG’s steering committee. He has also helped lead Native–related engagement with investors affiliated with the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) and the UN Principles for Responsible Investments. He has organized investor advocacy initiatives regarding the Washington NFL football team’s offensive name, and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. He organized a panel on the challenges of companies implementing Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) policies for the ICCR's February 2011 member meetings, featuring representatives of First Peoples Worldwide, ConocoPhillips Corp., International Indian Treaty Council and Amazon Watch. In 2010 he helped organize and was a speaker for the first panel on shareholder advocacy at the Native American Finance Officers Association conference. Since 1998 Steven has led or participated in shareholder engagements related to Indigenous Peoples issues with over a dozen companies. In collaboration with Geeta Aiyer, he has contributed to the book The SRI Advantage: Why Socially Responsible Investing Has Outperformed Financially (New Society Publishers, 2002).  
 
Steven served on the Board of Trustees of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group for 15 years and currently serves on the advisory board for the Mercury Policy Project, a project of the Tides Foundation; and on the Board of Directors of Cultural Survival. Steven served for three years as the Co-Chair of the Global Warming Working Group of the ICCR. He was a founding member of the Steering Committees of US SIF's Sustainable Investment Research Analyst Network (SIRAN) and the Indigenous Peoples Working Group (IPWG) and is currently chair of the IPWG's advocacy subcommittee.
 
Steven received two Bachelor of Science degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a licensed foster parent for eight years.