Responsible investment

The University continues to review its approach to responsible investment including engagement strategies with companies it invests in.

UN Sustainable Development Goals: Industry innovation and infrastructure, Peace justice and strong institutions

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. 

United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment 

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.

Phil McNaullDirector of Finance

Positive investments

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. 

Multi-million investment backs sustainable, low-carbon companies

Big Issue Invest

We're supporting the Power Up Scotland social venture fund (The University of Edinburgh and Big Issue Invest)
To support the strategic commitment to delivering impact for society, the University has committed to a range of social finance opportunities. This builds on the leadership shown by the University in the area of socially responsible investment and community engagement, as well as its commitment to responsible investment. The University has committed to invest £1.5 million in Big Issue Invest, a social investment organisation which is a group of subsidiaries of the Big Issue Magazine Group, one of the best known social enterprise in the United Kingdom. The investment will be used to offer loans to social enterprise, charities and profit-with-purpose businesses.

£1m investment will be force for social good

Related links

Sustainable Development Goals Index