Aston takes the welfare of its suppliers' staff and internal staff seriously as well as looking to invest our funds as ethically as possible. Workers' rights are a core issue in our ethical procurement and we have set out to reward best practice across a range of approaches described below.
The university has taken the decision not to invest directly in fossil fuel companies with immediate effect. It follows a review of the university's Ethical Investment Policy, concerns of staff and students and a decision to support the Student Union campaign to divest from fossil fuels. The policy goes to include other aspects that are not to be invested as shown below: In order to ensure investments meet appropriate ethical values, the University will not invest directly in:
The full Ethical Investment Policy can viewed here.
The University has invested in the NetPositive Supplier Engagement HE Tool. This tool allows suppliers to create a Sustainability Action Plan that they share with their customers. The University has a target to engage with its top ten high risk suppliers using such a tool.
The Sustainability Team also have a target to map the supply chain of one of its main suppliers a year.
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