Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Responsible investment

The approach the University takes to responsible investment is rooted in its focus on social and civic responsibility, and a vision to make the world a better place.

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This approach is called "responsible investment", and it underpins our Strategy 2030 vision and purpose to make the world a better place by addressing tomorrow's greatest challenges. The University is seen as a global leader in responsible investment. 

What is responsible investment?

Responsible investment is an investment strategy that integrates environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into investment analysis and decisions.

It recognises that ESG factors can have an impact on the financial value of an investment and also that investments have an impact on the world around us.

A responsible approach to investment recognises that long-term prosperity requires a move away from short-term profit as the only definition of value.

What can I do?

Join the UK's first student-run socially responsible investment fund.

Prosper Social Finance

Progress

Below are our main areas of progress.

Fossil fuel divestment

The University has divested from fossil fuels, a significant milestone in its journey to be carbon neutral by 2040.

Climate-positive investments

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Since 2010, the University has invested more than £170 million in low carbon technology, climate-related research and businesses that directly benefit the environment.

Socially positive investments

The University is investing up to £8m in social investments for the benefit of society.

Principles for Responsible Investment

As a signatory of the UN-supported "Principles for Responsible Investment", the University reports its responsible investment progress annually.

Topic: responsible investment