Social Responsibility and Sustainability


The approach the University takes to responsible investment fully supports the stated values and mission of the University.

The University of Edinburgh aims to be a truly global university benefiting society. It is committed to principles of academic freedom in teaching and research. The Mission of the University, as a world-leading centre of academic excellence, requires that alongside our commitments to research, teaching and employability outcomes we also make: 

 A significant, sustainable and socially responsible contribution to Scotland, the UK and the world, promoting health, economic growth and cultural wellbeing.

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. 


Positive investment and social finance

Graphic showing positive investments
The University has invested more than £150 million in low carbon technology, climate-related research and businesses that directly benefit the environment since 2010.

Zero fossil fuel investments by 2021

We've committed to transition our investments out of fossil fuels
The University has announced that it will complete its transition out of fossil fuel investments within three years.

Zero controversial armament investments

Court has endorsed the identification of controversial armaments as an area in which the University should not invest, and approved the policy based on the exclusion of controversial weapons.

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. 

PRI Principles

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. 

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.

Governance, Publications & Reports