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Invest for Change

A campaign to radically reform how universities invest their money
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What is Invest for Change?

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.

Visit our website to find out more and get involved!

What we want

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.

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To find out more, or if you have any queries, please contact melanie.kee@sos-uk.org.

Take AGM action

Lots of universities hold investments in companies, known as shares. Anyone who invests in a company, has a say over how the company is run.

We’re calling on universities to use their power as shareholders to actively engage - and vote - at company AGMs.

This year, campaigners are calling for Barclays and HSBC to stop funding fossil fuels at their AGMs. Since the Paris Agreement, Barclays and HSBC, two of Europe's biggest fossil fuel financiers, have funnelled over US $255 billion into to the coal, oil and gas sectors, according to the Banking on Climate Chaos report. See the Barclays and HSBC resolutions.

Call on your university to support the resolutions and take AGM action! 

Use this template email to join our email campaign, or visit our website for more information.

Start an Invest for Change campaign

In January 2020, it was announced that over 50% of UK universities had divested from the fossil fuel industry. But universities still have over £15 billion of investments funding companies and practices that consistently act against the interests of students and the world they will graduate into.

The student movement may have succeeded in pushing universities to take their money out of the fossil fuel industry, but that alone is not enough. We need universities to use their investments, and their positions as investors, to lead the way towards a more resilient and sustainable economy.

We need universities to Invest for Change.

Start a campaign at your university now - using our student campaign guide and starter checklist.

Get in touch by emailing melanie.kee@sos-uk.org for support!

Email your University Finance Director

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.

Book an Invest for Change workshop

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 tailor workshop each workshop to your group, so let us know what you need.

Head to our website to book a workshop via our form at the bottom of the homepage, or get in touch with melanie.kee@sos-uk.org.