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University commended for approach to the environment and social issues

TreesThe University has been ranked joint third in this year’s Universities That Count (UTC) for its environment and social responsibility.

Run by Business in the Community, the benchmarking scheme looked at 29 universities’ approach to, and management of, environment and social responsibility issues.

This year, the University scored 86.7 per cent in the UTC Index – moving up 14 percentage points from last year. Warwick’s results across the four key areas of community, environment, marketplace – covering students and suppliers – and workplace are now well above the average for the Higher Education sector.

The University was commended for its strategic approach and measurement of impact around waste and recycling, climate change, health, safety and wellbeing, staff development and equality and diversity.

The Universities That Count Environmental and Social Responsibility (ESR) Index model has been specially developed for use in Higher Education and is based on the respected Business In The Community (BITC) Corporate Responsibility Index. The survey means that universities can compare their ESR performance with their peers in the sector and against businesses completing the BITC index.

Registrar Jon Baldwin said: “We are delighted to have scored highly in this robust external assessment of corporate responsibility performance.

“We pride ourselves on our multi-faceted approach to social, environmental and economic sustainability issues and our performance in UTC reflects our commitment to this.

“I am indebted to a wide range of staff, students and others across the University whose hard work in these areas is reflected in these results.”