John Howchin

Secretary-General, Council on Ethics

John Howchin is the Secretary-General of Council on Ethics for the First, Second, Third and Fourth Swedish national pension funds. He oversees strategy, research and coordination of corporate engagement globally for the Council. John currently convenes the investor engagement with the Tech industry based on the “Tech giants and human rights: Investor expectations”, he is the co-convener of the Investor Mining Tailings Safety Initiative and oversees strategy for the Climate Action100+  project.

John has worked with the financial markets and responsible investments for over 20 years. Prior to joining the Council, he worked at Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) in Oslo, Norway, where he was in charge of the environmental strategy. He started his work with the financial markets by co-founding the company Green Index, who in 2000 produced the first climate change index in the world, covering the Stockholm stock exchange. Prior to that he worked with CSR at ABB. John holds a BSc in environmental science and human ecology at Goteborg University.