A campaign for university money to act in the interests of students, not against them; with an emphasis on climate justice.
Invest for Change is a new campaign run by Students Organising for Sustainability UK (SOS-UK) and funded by Friends Provident Foundation. We aim to radically reform how universities invest their endowments, creating a more resilient and sustainable economy through investments.
Currently, UK universities have £3 billion of endowments invested in listed equities of little, or no, social value. These investment decisions are often left to externally appointed investment managers with little engagement from the university itself, and frequently act against the interests of students and the world they will graduate into.
We’re asking universities to adopt investment policies that support a sustainable future. Policies that commit to divestment from fossil fuels, seek to invest in climate and social justice solutions via direct renewable energy investments or impact investment funds, and clearly articulate strategies which practice active stewardship and time bound shareholder engagement.
We will work directly with universities to lead this shift, as well as supporting students to call on their institutions to commit to these actions.
To provide strategic advice on the campaign, we have pulled together a steering group - find out more here.