UK universities have over £15 billion(1) that is frequently invested against the interests of students and the world they will graduate into. These investment decisions are often left to externally appointed investment managers with little engagement from the university itself.
It’s time to change this.
We're calling on universities to reform their investment practices to centre environmental and social justice solutions. We're working with students to engage their universities on this, as well as working directly with universities to lead this shift.
We've also created a range of resources to help you get started.
Invest in environmental and social justice solutions that have measurable, real-world impact.
Engage with investments to influence wider corporate behaviour change.
Transform governance to adopt responsible investment policies that support a sustainable future.
To find out more, or if you have any queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everywhere you look companies are making sustainability commitments – but where is the action? What does net zero mean if you’re still funding new fossil fuel projects? What is ‘caring about the planet’ if you’re driving deforestation and displacement of communities?
AGMs– Annual General Meetings - are a chance to hold companies to account. All public companies have to hold them. Universities are often shareholders in these companies and can vote on shareholder resolutions – similar to policy committing the company to take action. Find out more more about what AGMs are on the Invest for Change website.
What can you do?
Sign (and share)our petition
Call for your university to support – use our template email to write to your VC
Is your university investing in Standard Chartered? Support Market Forces' shareholder resolution for no new fossil fuel funding with our template email
UK universities have over £15 billion in investments, frequently invested against the interests of students and the world they will graduate into. These investment decisions are often left to externally appointed investment managers with little engagement from the university itself. It’s time to change this.
We need universities to Invest for Change, investing in environmental and social justice solutions and using their influence to push for wider change in the financial system.
Start a campaign at your university now - using our student campaign guide and starter checklist.
Get in touch by emailing email@example.com for support!
UK universities have over £15 billion that is frequently invested against the interests of students and the world they will graduate into. As part of our Invest for Change campaign, email your University's senior management to ensure their investments are funding environmental and social justice solutions and engaging with investments to change corporate practices.
Use our template to write your email, and see our resources for further support.
Our Invest for Change campaign supports students to call on their universities to reform investment practices to change the financial system.
We can run introductory workshops, introducing the issues with the current financial system and how students can change this through an Invest for Change campaign on campus. We also offer more detail campaign planning sessions, to kickstart your campaigns. We can tailor workshops to be relevant to your needs, just let us know.
Fill out this quick form, or get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.
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