Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Electronics

The University became a founding member of Electronics Watch in 2014, an EU-wide initiative which supports public buyers in calling for fair working conditions in electronics manufacturing

‘Offer: long hours, no pay, permanent.’ - 6 word story for Fairtrade Fortnight

The University of Edinburgh was also the first in the UK is adopt a policy on conflict minerals, committing to putting continued pressure on suppliers to ensure they are not supporting armed conflict through their use of minerals in electronics products like computers and mobile phones.

The University collaborated with Electronics Watch and nine other partners across Europe on an EU-funded three-year project entitled Make ICT Fair. We carried out research on working conditions and social responsibility in ICT supply chains, to be disseminated to policy makers, procurement professionals and the general public across Europe.