USS founded IIGCC in 2001 and has played a significant role in its ongoing operation and development. The scheme provides an advisor to the IIGCC’s board, and actively participates in IIGCC's Policy and Property workstreams. The scheme supports the IIGCC Property Workstream and IPF Sustainability Interest Group through its steering committee representation, and active membership of both groups. Through IIGCC, USS has a good relationship with the INCR, CERES and the IGCC (we are not members and have therefore not ticked the boxes below).
In 2017 USS signed up to a letter to governments of the G7 and G20 nations reiterating support already conveyed by investors for the Paris Agreement, and further calling on governments to continue to support and fully implement the Agreement. This letter was drafted by PRI in collaboration with CDP, Ceres, AIGCC, IIGCC, and IGCC. It built on the 2016 global investor statement on climate change which was supported by 130 investors with more than $13 trillion in AUM, including USS.
USS also signed up to the Climate Action 100+ initiative in 2017 which identifies priority engagement companies on climate change risk.
Additionally, the scheme continued to support the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) during the year.