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Taking action in higher education

USS ethical investment seminar

UCU conference to explore an ethical investment strategy in the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).

UCU is hosting a conference to explore an ethical investment strategy in the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). It will address questions like:

  • Why should members want USS to invest ethically?
  • What might this achieve in terms of investment related to climate change, arms and tobacco?
  • What is disinvestment? Why might members of USS want USS to consider this?
  • Is a responsible investment strategy compatible with a divestment strategy?
  • Why USS should ask members what they want USS invested in or for?
  • Does the new hybrid scheme coming into USS open up opportunities for responsible investment?

Event Title: USS - Responsible and Ethical Investment

Date: Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Location: UCU head office, Carlow Street, London NW1 7LH |

Time: 12:30pm - 4:30pm


Programme

12:30pm-1:00pm - Registration and lunch.

1:00pm-2:15pm

  • Welcome and Introduction by Jimmy Donaghey, Chair of UCU's USS negotiators
  • Responsible Investment; why and how union members can act - Catherine Howarth, CEO, ShareAction
  • The bargaining context - Michael MacNeil, National Head of Bargaining and Negotiations, UCU
  • Questions and discussion

2:15pm-2:30pm - Coffee/tea

2:30pm-3:00pm - Daniel Summerfield, USS Responsible Investment unit

3:00pm-3:30pm - Smaller groups on next steps

3:30pm-4:00pm - Building the base: Listen to USS Campaign Plan - Tim Valentine (tbc), Listen to USS Campaign & Jamie Audsley, ShareAction

4:00pm-4:30pm - Feedback and Plenary Session led by Jimmy Donaghey, UCU


Please contact David Bussell at UCU head office with any queries: dbussell@ucu.org.uk