Social Responsibility and Sustainability


The latest news about Social Responsibility and Sustainability from across the University.

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University of Edinburgh recognised for responsible investment excellence

The University of Edinburgh's commitment to responsible investment has been recognised by the institution being included in the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment's 2019 Leaders' Group.

Q4 highlights for 2018/19

18-19 Q4 Social Responsibility and Sustainability Highlights
The Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability (SRS) facilitates programmes to catalyse action and collaboration across campus for impact. Our infographic summarises some of the highlights over the year and provides our fourth-quarter report for the 2018/19 academic year.

University launches new Sustainability Champions network

Sustainability Champions banner - two hands either side of earth
The network is open to all staff and students interested in learning how to live and work in a more sustainable way.

University scores "straight As" in 2019 Responsible Investment report

The University of Edinburgh received an overall score of A in an annual assessment by the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment, the world's leading proponent of responsible investment.

Disposable cup charge raised from 25p to 30p on campus

To encourage more students and staff to use reusable cups, University and Students' Association cafés will raise the charge on disposable cups from 25p to 30p in August and September 2019.

University "Highly Commended" in International Green Gown Awards

The University of Edinburgh has received a "Highly Commended" recognition in the "Sustainability Institution of the Year" category at the International Green Gown Awards.

University establishes Palm Oil Policy

Palm oil fresh fruit bunches
The University has passed a Palm Oil Policy setting out actions it will take to combat the negative impacts of unsustainable palm oil production. Central to this policy is a commitment to source food and cleaning products that contain certified sustainable palm oil.

University finalist in seven Green Gown Award categories

The University of Edinburgh - including members of staff and students - have been named finalists in seven categories in the 2019 Green Gown Awards, administered by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC).