Resources

MAKE CHANGE

CHANGE YOUR UNIVERSITIES INVESTMENT POLICY

Starter checklist: a checklist of actions to help students get starter on local Invest for Change campaigns.

 

Student campaign guide: a guide for students and students' unions on university investment, including engagement and policies, as well as how to run a successful Invest for Change campaign.

Universities guide: a guide for universities looking to work on responsible investment, outlining different effective actions an institution can take.

Key policy asks: a list of key policy asks to help you develop your campaign asks for creating a good responsible investment policy.

Conversations with universities: top tips on how to productively engage with your university on investments, including common fob offs and recommended responses.

Template SU policy: a template to help students pass policy supporting Invest for Change campaigns at students' unions.

Template for contacting the university: a resource to support students to make initial contact with the university on university investments.

Template for voting at AGMs: a resource to support students to call on their universities to push for change through voting at company AGMs.

CHANGE THE WIDER INVESTMENT SYSTEM

What is an AGM?: a short explainer video of what an AGM is and what universities can use them to make change. 

Sign the COP26 declaration - template email: send this template email to get your university to call for change in the investment management industry by signing our COP26 declaration.

CASE STUDIES

Student-led policy change at the University of Bristol: get inspired by students at Bristol, who campaigned for a more comprehensive responsible investment policy - and won!

 

LEARN MORE

RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT

 

Community Energy Briefing - why our universities should be committing to developing on-campus community energy projects as part of the just transition.

 

Positive reinvestment - a briefing which outlines loads of ethical projects, equity funds and bonds which universities could invest in instead of fossil fuels.

 

What's in a definition? - ShareAction's briefing aims to explore the language of investment, value and impact.

Improving the Conversation - a document developed by ShareAction to help investors engage with their asset managers.

 

Point of no returns - ShareAction's ranking of 75 of the world’s asset managers approaches to responsible investment.

Building Trust Through Transparency - a briefing report by Positive Investment Cambridge outlining the benefits of transparency in investments.

Impact investing learning hub - a range of resources from the Impact Investing Institute to help you learn more about impact investing.

CAMPAIGNING 

Digital organising guide - a guide from People & Planet with advice and tips for campaigning online.

 

Systemic Campaigns Framework - a framework from New Economy Organisers Network (NEON) to help you build, refine and implement a systemic campaign strategy.

 

DIVESTMENT FROM FOSSIL FUELS

HIGHER EDUCATION

 

Don't Dither - Divest! - our full campaign guide to tell you what divestment is, why it matters, how to get started, and how to win.

Don't Dither Divest: Ethical Investments by Universities in Scotland - a guide to ethical investment by Scottish universities.

 

How to get your institution to divest and reinvest - a 2017 campaign outline to support your university divestment and reinvestment activism.

 

Making the case for action - editable template paper for outlining the arguments for fossil fuel divestment and reinvestment to university committees.

 

Stranded assets note - to support campaigners in articulating 'stranded assets theory' to senior managers as part of the arguments for fossil fuel divestment.

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

Organiser briefing - a basic introduction to getting involved with Divest-Invest if you're in FE.

Campaign outline - a resource for FE students’ unions planning to campaign against links with the fossil fuel industry on their campus.

TEMPLATES FOR AND EXAMPLES FROM STUDENTS' UNIONS

 

Birmingham students' union have kindly shared their divestment demands document.

 

Liverpool Guild of Students have shared their amazing and victorious case for fossil fuel divestment.

 

Zero Carbon Cambridge have shared their phenomenal submission to the University of Cambridge Divestment Working Group.

 

Generic templates for a motion on divestment to pass at your students' union: Divest-Invest template motion / Fossil Free students' union motion

 

Divestment motion passed at Cambridge: University of Cambridge students' union's divestment motion.

 

Template for a motion to Divest BarclaysDivest Barclays students' union motion 2019-20.

CASE STUDIES

 

How campaigners at Durham University won on Divest-Invest.

 

How Beds SU got the University of Bedfordshire to sign up to the Fossil Fuel Declaration.

 

How the students' union at Reading University worked over a number of years to get the university to commit to full divestment from fossil fuels.