Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Responsible investment

The University of Edinburgh was the first university in Europe to sign the UN Principles of Responsible Investment.

The approach the University takes to responsible investment fully supports the stated values and mission of the University. The University of Edinburgh aims to be a truly global university benefiting society. It is committed to principles of academic freedom in teaching and research. The Mission of the University, as a world-leading centre of academic excellence, requires that alongside our commitments to research, teaching and employability outcomes we also make: “A significant, sustainable and socially responsible contribution to Scotland, the UK and the world, promoting health, economic growth and cultural wellbeing.”

Responsible Investment Policy

The approach the University takes to responsible investment fully supports the stated values and mission of the University.

Transparency

Learn more about our investments through our twice-yearly investment updates and annual transparency reports.

Policy reviews

Short life working are established to review elements of the University's investment policy. Since 2014, reviews have investigated investments in the fossil fuel industry and armaments.

Responsible investment consultation 2014

In 2014, a consultation was conducted to seeks views from the University community of staff and students on options for how the University of Edinburgh might fulfil its commitments under the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment.