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20+ years of IIGCC


IIGCC was established in 2001 on the initiative of the responsible investment leads at USS as a forum for collaboration between pension funds and asset managers on issues related to climate change.


  • IIGCC and the Carbon Trust work with Mercer to develop a guide for pension trustees to support them in understanding and addressing climate risk.
  • IIGCC is incubated within The Climate Group, with a separate Steering Committee of IIGCC members.
  • Stephanie Pfeifer joins as IIGCC’s first full-time employee. She has led the organisation for over 15 years and has overseen its expansion into a pan-European investor group.


IIGCC holds a conference in Paris with former Vice President of the United States, Al Gore.


As more European members begin to join IIGCC, the focus for policy advocacy work shifts to include EU policymakers and regulation.


IIGCC develops the first ever Global Investor Statement on Climate Change and partners with IGCC and Ceres.


IIGCC develops investor guides for real estate and private equity.


  • IIGCC spins out of the Climate Group to become its own legal entity.
  • IIGCC, IGCC, Ceres and AIGCC established the Global Investor Coalition (GIC) to collaborate on joint international projects focused on climate policy, corporate engagement and investment practices.
  • IIGCC develops and partners with IGCC and Ceres to launch the ‘Institutional Investor Expectations of Corporate Climate Risk Management’.


IIGCC engages with the EU Commission on the 2030 framework for climate and energy policy and strengthens the Emissions Trading Scheme.


  • The GIC launches the Low Carbon Investment Registry for investors to publish their green investments.
  • UN Secretary-General convenes a summit where the Global Investor Statement on Climate Change is presented to governments.


  • IIGCC helps to convene the investor voice ahead of COP21 in Paris to call for a robust global climate agreement.
  • IIGCC develops guides and roadshows on carbon footprinting and investment strategies and solutions to address the risks and opportunities associated with climate change.


The Investor Agenda is developed by seven founding partners, including AIGCC, CDP, Ceres, IGCC, IIGCC, PRI and UNEP-FI.


IIGCC set up the Paris Aligned Investment Initiative, now a global collaboration supported by four regional networks – AIGCC, Ceres, IGCC and IIGCC.


The Net Zero Asset Managers initiative is launched to galvanise the asset management industry to commit to a goal of net zero emissions. It now includes more than 300 signatories with USD 57 trillion in assets.


  • Through the Investor Agenda, IIGCC and the other network partners coordinate the biggest ever sign on to a Global Investor Statement to
    Governments on the Climate Crisis, totalling over 700 signatories, representing around half of global assets under management.
  • The Net Zero Investment Framework is launched, supporting investors in ensuring their portfolios are aligned with net zero emissions. At the same time, 22 asset owners with USD 1.2 trillion in assets commit to aligning their investments with achieving net zero by 2050 as part of the Paris Aligned Asset Owners group. Today the group stands at 57 asset owners with USD 3.3 trillion in assets.


IIGCC launches the Net Zero Stewardship Toolkit, which provides investors with a foundational process to enhance their stewardship practices to deliver the rapid acceleration in decarbonisation required to halve emissions by 2030.


Climate Action 100+ launches its second phase, which will run to 2030 and focus on the implementation of corporate climate transition plans.


The official launch of Nature Action 100, a global investor engagement initiative focused on driving greater corporate ambition and action to reverse nature and biodiversity loss. The initiative’s Secretariat and Corporate Engagement Working Group is co-led by Ceres and IIGCC, and its Technical Advisory Group is co-led by the Finance for Biodiversity Foundation and Planet Tracker.






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