Responsible Investment Initiatives
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.
What is responsible investment?
Responsible investment is an investment strategy which 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.
Responsible Investment policy statement
This statement summarises the approach the University takes to responsible investing, and highlights the progress made along with actions planned in response to policy decisions and strategic objectives relating to environmental, social and governance considerations.
Responsible Investment initiatives
Positive investment and social finance
Zero fossil fuel investments by 2021
Zero controversial armament investments
Other investment exclusions
Earlier decisions were made not to invest in Tobacco stocks and in Ultra Electronics. The Investment Committee will continue to respond to the decisions of the University relating to specific exclusions.
Working closely with Investment Committee, Investment Advisors and academic colleagues, the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability develops and maintains the exclusion lists compiled to ensure compliance with and reporting to PRI as well as agreed University investment decisions.
UN Principles of Responsible Investment
In January 2013 the University took a significant step forward in linking its sustainability and investment strategies, and exercised leadership amongst Higher Education Institutions through its adoption of United Nations Principles of Responsible Investment (UNPRI), now known as PRI.
Responsible Investment Network - Universities
The University of Edinburgh is a founding member of a Responsible Investment Network within higher education, established in December 2019.
The University Investment Committee
The role of the Investment Committee is to consider the corporate governance and other related implications of the University's investments.
Learn more about the committee
Social Responsibility and Sustainability Strategy
Adopted by Court on 15 February 2010, the 2010-2020 strategy outlines the strategic role the University will play in responding to global challenges.