University of Birmingham signs up to global UN agreement
The University of Birmingham has signed up to the United Nations Global Compact – the world's largest corporate responsibility initiative – as part of reducing its environmental footprint and maximising the impact of its research. By signing up to the Compact, the University commits to making the agreement’s principles an integral part of decision-making, day-to-day operations and campus culture, as well as reporting on sustainability progress every two years.
With nearly 12,000 business and non-business participants in 160 countries, signing up to the Compact sees the University aligning strategy and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.
The agreement also sees Birmingham pledging to support the Compact and the case for responsible organisational practices by reaching out to peers, students and alumni, corporate and community partners, and the public at large.
The University also recently launched the Forum for Global Challenges - a new multi-disciplinary online community to help resolve critical global challenges and make the world a fairer, more sustainable place. Birmingham is also a participant in the COP26 Universities Network and will have a presence at the COP26 conference, in Glasgow, in November.