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.
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 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.
Our commitment to modern slavery
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.
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's Union of Students
The Union of Students is committed to promoting sustainability among its members. Find out more about their sustainability initiatives.