We are a University committed to a just and sustainable society. The following are examples of some of the University initiatives in place to support this commitment.
From January 1 2016, a commitment was given that all colleagues working within the University will receive a minimum rate of pay matching the new Living Wage level.
The Living Wage is described as the hourly rate of pay necessary for people to meet their basic day-to-day needs, including housing, food and clothing. The rate is calculated by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University and is closely linked to changes in the cost of these basic items. Unlike the national minimum wage, it is not legally enforceable and is a voluntary benchmark.
Every member of staff plays an important role in the success of the University and earning a Living Wage not only demonstrates our commitment to being a socially responsible employer, but also our commitment to supporting our staff in line with our values.
As a large organisation, the University recognises the significant impact it has upon the local and global environment. We are committed to minimising, within the constraints imposed by financial sustainability, any negative effects the delivery of our activities might have. As such, we will adhere to environmental best practice and have set a high-level key performance indicator to maintain an ISO14001 accredited Environmental Management System. Read the University’s Environmental Policy in full here.
Sustainable Food Policy
The University recognises its responsibility to provide and promote healthy and sustainable food to its customers. We will work to incorporate environmental, ethical and social considerations into the products and services provided. Read the University’s Sustainable Food Policy in full here.
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. Read the University’s Fair Trade Policy in full here.
Modern Slavery Act Statement
The University is taking forward steps to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in its supplier chain in line with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The actions include identifying high-risk supply chains and ensuring follow-up with such suppliers to gain confirmation that they comply with the requirements of the Act.
As part of the University’s procurement strategy, the tender process has been updated to ensure that appropriate activities are undertaken for all high-risk contracts. This includes questions relating to the Modern Slavery Act being stated in the Pre-Qualifying Questionnaires.