Interview Caitlin Walker

Caitlin Walker started as an intern at Reward Value in December 2020. She feels completely comfortable in her position, where she is primarily involved in research and writing. We talked with Caitlin about her work and goals for the time ahead.

“I started at Reward Value in December 2020 after seeing the job posting on LinkedIn. I was immediately drawn to the ad because of its focus on corporate law, which was my favorite aspect of my studies. I am also really interested in economics, and once I read about Reward Value’s mission statement, I knew I would have the opportunity to interact with that as well during this internship.”

Different projects

Caitlin is currently working on several projects. “I am developing a series of background notes on EU legislative projects on sustainable finance. At the same time, I am also preparing an abstract proposal for the Coase Institute.” Frederic and Caitlin are also collaborating on Reward Value’s contribution for a panel discussion on the upcoming Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive. “It’s a very busy, but exciting time,” says Caitlin.

Passion

“Earlier this year, we submitted a response consultation to the European Union’s Sustainable Corporate Governance Initiative. That was a lot of fun to work on and a great opportunity for me to demonstrate my passion for influencing change in institutions.”

“I have a passion for influencing change. This important aspect speaks to me greatly in my work at Reward Value.”

What do you hope to accomplish in the coming year?

“My main goal is to publish a few background notes. Some of these will have to be pushed to next year due to lack of information, but there are still several that can be published this year. It would also be great to make some more progress on our main research project around corporate codes worldwide.”

“Executive remuneration is an interesting field, especially with all the changes that are being discussed now worldwide.”

Challenges

“As with any job in public policy, the challenges are mainly in the bureaucracy. We depend on EU channels for much of the information we need, and sometimes they are delayed or just missing. EU law is also unnecessarily complicated at times – but that’s what my law degree is for, I guess!”

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