The University of Plymouth has been named as one of the top performing UK universities according to a major Corporate Responsibility report.
The “Universities that Count” report marks the end of the first year of a new national environmental and social responsibility benchmarking programme aimed at improving the overall performance of the HE sector. The report demonstrates the valuable contribution that universities are starting to make to a more sustainable future: better preparing students, and managing their affairs in socially and environmentally responsible ways.
55 universities across the UK took part in the pilot project, which is built on the foundations of the well established “Companies that Count” programme. The participating universities were rigorously assessed, analysed and benchmarked across a range of categories over the course of a year on their individual approaches to different aspects of sustainability and social responsibility.
With its score of over 80%, the University of Plymouth received a silver banding and was ranked as one of the top five overall performers in at least one area of each corporate responsibility category;
• Community (community management)
• Environment (climate change and water consumption)
• Marketplace (marketplace management and teaching, learning and research)
• Workplace (equality, diversity and inclusion)
University of Plymouth Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Professor Wendy Purcell said; “We are thoroughly delighted to have been named as one of the top performers in this national report which has enabled us to benchmark our activities against other universities and improve upon what we are already doing.
“As the enterprise university, we recognise our wider obligations to society and our aim is to become an exemplar in sustainability, social responsibility and responsible business practice, engaging with the wider community and continually monitoring, improving and sharing our achievements.”
The University has now signed up for the second year of the Universities that Count programme, seeking to improve on last year’s performance. This is part of a range of University activity to support sustainability, which also included the recent achievement of the ISO 14001 Environment Management standard.