Our environmental policies

Environmental policy

Our latest Environment Policy, which was updated in June 2016, states our responsibilities, objectives and targets to ensure environment is central to our business. Our Environmental Management System (EMS) ensures we are committed to the prevention of pollution and continual improvement in environmental performance.

Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges

We're a member of the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), which has over 200 universities, colleges and learning and skills organisations as members. The EAUC is leading the way in bringing sustainability to the business management and curriculum of institutions across the UK, and further afield. View our EAUC Membership Certificate.

Biodiversity Action Plan

View our latest Biodiversity Action Plan and Ecological Audit. This is a 'living document' that places biodiversity at the heart of policy, securing a future for the local flora and fauna and strengthening our own sustainability commitments.

Ethical Investment Policy

The University has a publicy available Ethical Investment Policy, which has been approved by the University's Governing Council and is reported on at a senior level. A review of the policy is currently taking place.

We consider that fund managers should consider the following criteria when assessing the appropriateness of any investments they undertake on behalf of the University:

Staff, students and external governors sit on the Governing Council and there is also a Student Liaison Committee between the Union of Students and the University, where ethical investments can be discussed.

Carbon Management Plan

Our Carbon Management Plan (CMP3) sets targets to reduce carbon emissions and provides a roadmap for how this will be achieved.

Quarterly meetings of the carbon management plan team have been held from 2007 until 2016. The team has now largely been integrated into the Environmental Steering Group (ESG).

Work has now begun on an updated CMP (CMP 4), which will be overseen by the ESG chaired by Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Nikolaos Antonopoulos.

Modern slavery policy

We take the subject of modern slavery extremely seriously and have a zero-tolerance approach to slavery in all forms from both ourselves and our supply chain.

View our Modern slavery policy.

Education for sustainable development

A core theme of our Learning and Teaching strategy is to ensure that the curriculum and the student experience are fully reflective of the globalised environment and reflect a multitude of cultural approaches, so that students are equipped with the knowledge, skills, global perspective and intercultural awareness necessary to compete and succeed in the global marketplace; building and developing an awareness and understanding of sustainability in their practice.


The University of Derby provides real world learning for the students at the University and Buxton and Leek College through working in the Devonshire Dome Restaurant and Café. The students produce a wide variety of meals and menus, all to the highest professional standards.

The meals are produced using sustainably sourced ingredients; many selected from local suppliers and showcasing the very best of High Peak produce. The café and restaurant also offer a wide range of drinks including many Fairtrade and Red Tractor accredited drinks and are proud to serve the country's leading high street branded coffee.

View our Sustainable Food Policy and our catering supplier Aramark's Approach to Sustainability in the Supply Chain.

University of Derby's Union of Students

The Union of Students is committed to promoting sustainability among its members. Find out more about their sustainability initiatives.