One of Boston’s most recognized financial professionals, Natasha Lamb, was honored by the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus (MWPC) with the Abigail Adams Award for women who have demonstrated a firm commitment to advancing the political, economic and social rights for women.
Ms. Lamb, managing partner and co-founder of Arjuna Capital, received the recognition for her commitment to gender pay equity and for investing globally in women. Lamb is a high-profile investor advocate for gender pay equity, widely considered to be the foremost expert applying pressure on major US companies to level the playing field for women. In 2019, Lamb led a broad-based median gender pay gap campaign on behalf of Arjuna’s investors, targeting 12 U.S. banks, technology, and retail companies to disclose company-wide gender and minority wage data, including: Adobe, Amazon, Citi, Intel, Facebook, Google, Bank of New York Mellon, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, American Express, JPMorgan and Mastercard.
“I am honored to be selected for the Abigail Adams Award and to join an incredible group of past honorees spanning the last 3 decades,” said Lamb. “To date, my company, Arjuna Capital, has pressed 22 Fortune 500 companies to measure, disclose and commit to close their gender and racial pay gaps on an annual basis. These companies represent the Big Banks of Wall Street, the Big Tech firms of Silicon Valley, and some of the country’s largest retailers. They also employ nearly 3.5 million people, and over 1.5 million women whose salaries are now assessed and adjusted each year to ensure that discrimination is not a factor when determining their pay. Our gender pay campaign continues to gain momentum.”
In 2016, Lamb received the Aiming High Award from Legal Momentum for pioneering a shareholder campaign on gender pay equity. She was named one of the 50 most influential global businesspeople by Bloomberg Businessweek in 2017. And in 2018, she was included in “The Badass 50: Women Who Are Changing the World” list by InStyle magazine. Her work to develop the first ever Gender Pay Scorecard (GPS) report for major corporations, examines gender and racial pay equity at 47 of the world’s largest corporations, and serves as a guide to navigate which companies are taking a leadership role on transparent disclosures in the United States, United Kingdom and globally. Her 2014 landmark negotiation with Exxon Mobil led to the company’s first public report on global warming and carbon asset risk.