Social responsibility and sustainability

As a civic university, we embrace our unique role in contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The goals are “the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.”

Student Sustainability (Video transcript)

Socially responsible institutions are those that adopt policies that promote the wellbeing of society and the environment whilst lessening the impact. We have always understood that a commitment to society and the environment go hand-in-hand, and that commitment has been evident throughout our approach to sustainability across our research, our student experience, and through our innovative campus management and development. Our commitment now extends across the globe as we forge new connections by establishing the University of Birmingham India Institute, as we become the first global top 100 and Russell Group University to establish a campus in Dubai.

We recognise too that any action or initiative can impact and contribute positively to several SDGs at any one time ultimately contributing to slowing climate change, we will continually explore and draw on these relationships to help realise our role in addressing these global challenges.

The University is developing a Sustainability Roadmap, due for publication in 2020. It will outline the institution’s approach to tackling climate change and major global challenges. These pages, ahead of publication of the roadmap, seek to inform those who wish to know more about how we as a University are addressing key areas of social responsibility and environmental sustainability.

  • Sustainability research and operations
  • Ethical investment 
  • Social mobility and outreach
  • Inclusive and welcoming
  • Good neighbour and volunteering 
  • Fair employer and wellbeing
  • Civic engagement and supporting the region’s economy

If you have any questions on our approach please contact: sustainability@contacts.bham.ac.uk