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Sustainability Resource Guide: Assessment Systems

Information about sustainability resources, events and activities at Newcastle University: a collaborative guide from NIReS and the University Library

Introduction to Ethical Investment

An investment philosophy whereby investors seek out companies who are engaged in socially responsible activities or avoiding companies who are not.

The Equator Principles is a risk management framework, adopted by financial institutions, for determining, assessing and managing environmental and social risk in projects.

Fair trading aims to give producers in developing countries a 'fair' price for their exports. But with supermarkets generating profits for shareholders, the issues affect producers in MEDC's too. Does fair trade work and what can be done in the future?

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Companies engage their stakeholders in dialogue to find out what social and environmental issues matter most to them about their performance in order to improve decision-making and accountability.

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Corporate Social and Environmental Reporting

A sustainability report is an organizational report that gives information about economic, environmental, social and governance performance.

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 European Union (2013). European Parliament.  Infographic: Water footprint, available at:

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