Policies - Environment - University of Derby


Environmental policies at the University of Derby

Environmental policy

Our environmental policy was updated in June 2016. Read our latest policy by following the link below. 

Environmental Policy 2016

EAUC certificate

Biodiversity action plan

‌‌Biodiversity Action Plan Rev B June 14

Ethical investment policy

We have a publicy available ethical investment policy, which has been approved by the University's Governing Council and is reported on at a senior level. 

Click here to find out more about our ethical investment policy at the University of Derby.

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

  • Where possible, all investments should be in companies which are transparent - that is, they should have clear recognisable policies and have a culture of openness.
  • We expect our investment portfolio to exclude investment – as far as is identifiable – in any company where more than 10% of its income is derived from any of the following activities: gambling, tobacco, pornography, adult services, third world commodity extraction and child labour.

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

Carbon 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, which will be overseen by the ESG chaired by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Philip Plowden.

Education for sustainable development

We are currently in the process of producing our new Learning and Teaching strategy, which will have sustainability as a core theme.


Our catering facilities at our Derby campus are provided by Chartwells, which is part of Compass Group. Their sustainable food policy is in line with our commitment to sourcing sustainable foods.

Compass Group is the UK's largest food service provider. They have a four pillar approach to corporate responsibility and sustainability. In 2012, they launched the Know Your Food programme to help people understand what's in their food, where it comes from and how it arrives on the plate. Click here to find out more about Chartwells.

The salad bar on campus has received a Food for Life bronze award from the Soil Association. This award recognises organisations using fresh seasonal ingredients sourced from local suppliers and British high-welfare meat, while avoiding hydrogenated fats and GM ingredients.


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.

University of Derby Students' Union (UDSU)

UDSU are committed to promoting sustainability among its members. Find out more about UDSU sustainability initiatives here.