We are fully committed to being socially and environmentally responsible in our investments, as is outlined in our Ethical Investment Policy (pdf).
We therefore do not invest in companies or funds directly involved in: the production of landmines, cluster bombs, nuclear and conventional weapons; tobacco manufacture, alcohol, pornography, gambling; support of oppressive regimes; anti-social sales and marketing practices relating to alcohol and tobacco; or violations of international conventions and norms in the areas of human rights, employment practices and climate change.
The policy is reported on annually to the Board of Governors, Finance and Employment Committee and Audit Committee.
We also publically publish a list of sectors in which we invest, to ensure transparency to staff, students and the public.
Staff and students are able to engage with and suggest amendments to the policy via a number of channels outlined in our policy.
The university has a number of policies in place to ensure that sustainable procurement is embedded across the university, including:
- all copier and printer paper should be recycled
- all uniforms bought for university staff should be made using Fairtrade cotton
- staff should check the online reuse portal Warp-it prior to purchasing new furniture
- the sustainability credentials of stationery should be considered when purchased.