The University continues to review its approach to responsible investment including engagement strategies with companies it invests in.
Principles for Responsible Investment
The University continues to review its approach to responsible investment including engagement strategies with companies it invests in. We are working to strengthen with our fund managers how we engage with companies. Similarly to 2016, we were assessed highly by the UNPRI (United Nations Principles of Responsible Investment) for Strategy and Governance (A+) and also for general integration of ESG in listed Equity (A) and Property (B). All of our fund managers are signatories to UNPRI.
Since we joined the Principles for Responsible Investment, we have updated our policies on fossil fuels, modern slavery, and sustainable supply chains. This is another major change to our investment fund – to selectively invest in funds making a more positive contribution to environmental sustainability.
The University committed to moving £60 million of its investments into businesses that directly benefit the environment. The money will be invested in two dedicated funds that support a cleaner, more sustainable and climate-friendly future.
One fund invests in companies that tackle a range of sustainability issues, including the need for greener products and low-carbon infrastructure. It also backs companies that address challenges such as sourcing sustainable water, energy and food.
The second fund is investing in a range of sustainably focused themes, including renewable technologies, directly supporting a global transition to low-carbon and renewable energy.