Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Buy responsibly

What you buy sends ripples down the supply chain, affecting people's lives around the world.

Find out what the University is doing Find out what staff can do

When buying for yourself, think about these questions.

  1. Do I need it? Can I repair or reuse instead?
  2. What is it made from?
  3. In what conditions was it made?
  4. How energy efficient is it?
  5. How long will it last?
  6. How will I dispose of it?


Get involved with Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight runs for two weeks at the end of February and beginning of March each year. There are lots of ways to get involved! 

Ethical purchasing

Spice market
Take a look at some of the resources we've collated to help you find out more about buying ethically in Edinburgh (and generally).

5 steps to good food

5 steps to good food overview image
Good Food is food and drink that is tasty, healthy, good for the environment and good for the people who make it.

Learn about conflict minerals

The University of Edinburgh has become the first higher education institution in the UK adopt a formal conflict minerals policy.

Research fair trade

Would you like to incorporate fair trade into your coursework or dissertation? 

Browse fair trade research topics on our Living Labs projects database