Corporate Social Responsibility
The Environment and Sustainability Team at the University of Lincoln are working to develop a range of programmes to enhance social responsibility at the organisation.
The University Estates Department produces an annual report on its environmental performance. This report details factors such as the amount of energy used, the level of carbon dioxide emissions and amount of waste generated. The report has details of sustainability projects and outlines plans for the coming year. The University makes an annual return of environmental data to the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
Learning in Future Environments (LiFE):
The University has been using the Learning in Future Environments (LiFE) scheme: www.eauc.org.uk/life/home
The LiFE programme was developed by the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC) and focuses on embedding sustainability across higher education organisations. The University intends to use LiFE to highlight progress within the Estates & Campus Services Department and to promote sustainability in other areas of the University.
Documentation on our progress with LiFE will be posted here as the project develops.
Ethical Investment Policy
The University published its first Ethical Investment Policy in September 2014. The Policy sets out how the University will respond to ethical, environmental and social issues in the management of its funds and investments. A full copy of the Ethical Investment Policy can be seen here:
The Policy states that the University of Lincoln “will use its best endeavours not to invest in companies whose activities could be seen to endanger individuals or groups of people, or whose activities are inconsistent with the Mission and Values of the University, its community and its wider stakeholder network”.
The Policy sets out a series of areas that the University of Lincoln will not invest in:
The University will use its best endeavours not to invest, directly or through collective funds, in organisations with activities or operations which:
- are injurious to health;
- may destabilise community cohesion;
- may threaten international stability;
- may contribute to the development and maintenance of poverty;
- may contribute to the abuse or exploitation of children through working practice or by any other means; or
- contribute to any form of illegal activity under UK law or other legal jurisdiction.
The Ethical Investment Policy links closely with the University’s Code of Ethics, which includes the following statement on Environmental Sustainability:
“The University aims to minimise its environmental impact and to use resources in an efficient and sustainable manner and is committed to establishing a culture where environmental sustainability is continually improved. The University promotes environmental awareness among its staff, students, suppliers and contractors in order to ensure that everyone has a role in minimising adverse effects on the environment.
The University pursues a policy of ethical investment of its funds and through its procurement processes ensures its suppliers conform to ethical standards.”
The full Code of Ethics can be seen here.
The University’s Environmental & Sustainability Strategy sets out to “ensure that environmental and sustainability issues are taken into account in the appropriate purchasing decisions of the University.”
To consider sustainability issues the Environmental Team has been working with the Procurement Team to develop a series of questions for contractors on environmental issues. This approach is based on the DEFRA Flexible Framework on Procurement.
The Sustainable Procurement questions are tailored to the types of goods or services that are being purchased. The Environment Team will then be involved with assessing whether an appropriate answer has been provided.
The procurement questions have been specifically designed for tenders for the following types of contract:
- Construction/ small work
- Design consultant
- Repair/ maintenance
There are further procurement guidelines on the University’s procurement webpage; which cover sustainability issues.
- University of Lincoln Procurement Objectives
- Procurement – Corporate Social Responsibility Guidelines
The University has examined its Scope 3 carbon dioxide emissions due to procurement activity and an annual report is produced on this as part of the Investors in the Environment Manual – link.
Environmental Management System
The University has an Environmental Management System that has been accredited by the Investors in the Environment (iiE) scheme www.iie.uk.com/
Investors in the Environment (iiE) is a nationwide environmental accreditation scheme. It is designed to help businesses save money and the environment by improving their energy efficiency and reducing their environmental impact.
The University achieved accreditation to the scheme in October 2014 and the University was awarded a Green Star Award. In January 2017 the University’s accreditation to the standard was approved for another year. A copy of the latest iiE certificate can be downloaded from here: University of Lincoln Green Award 2016-17
Each year as part of the accreditation process the University produces an environmental manual for the IIE standard. This document describes the work that the organisation has done to improve its environmental performance and compares performance against a baseline year. The 2015 Environmental Manual can be downloaded from here:
The University is progressing towards having an environmental management system that is accredited to the ISO 14,001 standard. This is an objective of the current Environmental and Sustainability Strategy.