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Posted on 11/11/2015
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An update from Professor Ed Byrne, President & Principal, on King’s position on socially responsible investment.


King’s College London will always strive to be a force for good. Through teaching, research and partnerships, our shared goals are the advancement of knowledge, learning and understanding in the service of society. The challenges posed by climate change brings these goals into urgent focus.

I am pleased to announce the conception of the ‘Socially Responsible Investment Review Committee’ to further explore how King’s, through ethical investment and in other areas, can further support the transition to a low carbon and just world. Ethical investment touches on many important areas and the committee has a broad remit to fully deliberate concerns and investments related to climate change, social justice and human rights.

This committee comprises of student campaigners, academic staff and members from senior management, and is committed to inclusivity and engaging with the King’s community. More information on our work towards socially responsible investment is available on Governance Zone and we encourage students and staff interested in contributing to this process to contact Ian Creagh, Head of Administration and College Secretary.

The aim of the committee is to make recommendations to the university Council on an improved ethical investment policy approach and to help ensure that this is consistent across the areas of fundraising, research, partnerships and procurement.  

In the run up to the November United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris, where our political leaders will gather to discuss a universal agreement to reduce emissions, I wish to express the commitment of King’s College London to doing more to bring about a low carbon and just world. The formation of the SRIRC is an important milestone towards this goal.   

Professor Ed Byrne AC, President & Principal

 

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