Social Responsibility and Sustainability


Short life working groups are established to review elements of the University's investment policy. Since 2014, policy updates have affected investments in the fossil fuel industry and armaments.

Updated policy on fossil fuel investments

In 2018, the University announced that it will complete its transition out of fossil fuel investments within three years. It will now become the largest university endowment in the UK to be free of fossil fuel investment.

The decision, approved by the University’s ruling body, the University Court, follows its commitment – made in 2016 – to become carbon neutral by 2040.

Find out more about the policy decision


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Learn more about our investments through our twice-yearly investment updates and annual transparency reports.

Responsible investment consultation 2014

Responsible investment consultation 2014
In 2014, a consultation was conducted to seeks views from the University community of staff and students on options for how the University of Edinburgh might fulfil its commitments under the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment.


In addition to its proactive approach, the University recognises that from time to time issues may emerge around particular industries which raise questions in parts of the University community about the environmental, social and corporate governance considerations we are committed to in our investments. We welcome dialogue about these issues and will continue to work with elected Students' Association representatives and staff forums in exploring these issues in relation to our commitment to the PRI and in discussion with the Investment Committee.