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Richard Stuart Howitt was born in Reading, Berkshire on 5 April 1961. He currently works as the Chief Executive Officer of the International Integrated Reporting Council IIRC, having worked as a voluntary IIRC Ambassador from 2011 where he promoted Integrated Reporting within business and policy communities. Prior to taking this post Howitt was a Member of the European Parliament for the Labour Party, a role he began in 1994.read more
Howitt has always been keen to celebrate the continuing relevance of the trade union movement in the UK and overseas. Based on the fundamental principles of unity and solidarity, Howitt has joined others against the UK government’s proposed development aid cuts whilst achieving an agreement to put a cap on banker’s bonuses. Howitt has been involved in several other successful campaigns whilst being an MEP representing the East of England, a few of which are listed here.read more
As MEP, Howitt represented the East of England since 1994. He held the titles of Co-President of the All-Party Disability Rights Group of MEPs and Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs for both British Labour and for the grouping of all centre-left MEPs in the European Parliament.read more
Richard Howitt got into politics because he had the aspiration to change things, particularly for people with disabilities.
Using the fundamental principles of unity and solidarity from the trade union and Labour movement, Howitt has been able to make a difference in the European Parliament.
It is no longer sufficient for the Company Executive to say "I didn't know." The concept of 'due diligence' says: "You should know."Richard Howitt MEP, Openining Speech at CSR Europe Conference
In October 2016 Howitt announced his resignation from the European Parliament to join the financial services sector by becoming CEO of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC). He said he would be replaced as Labour MEP for the East of England by his former press secretary Alex Mayer without the need for an election, due to the closed list electoral system European elections operate under. The UK will no longer send representatives to the European Parliament after March 2019.
As the lead on corporate responsibility across four terms (20 years) of the European Parliament, Howitt was a key architect of the EU’s non-financial information law, giving him the skills and experience necessary to be CEO at the IIRC which describes itself as a global coalition of companies, investors, regulators, standard setters, the accounting profession and NGOs.
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Richard Howitt has always been aware that pulling down barriers creates a better world for most people. A big supporter of the UK being a member state of the EU, Howitt appreciates the free movement across Europe and the fact that laws created in the European parliament have bought tangible benefits to people in Britain.read more