Our Commitments

We are a University committed to a just and sustainable society. The following are examples of some of the University initiatives in place to support this commitment.

Living Wage

From January 1 2016, a commitment was given that all colleagues working within the University will receive a minimum rate of pay matching the new Living Wage level.

The Living Wage is described as the hourly rate of pay necessary for people to meet their basic day-to-day needs, including housing, food and clothing. The rate is calculated by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University and is closely linked to changes in the cost of these basic items. Unlike the national minimum wage, it is not legally enforceable and is a voluntary benchmark.

Every member of staff plays an important role in the success of the University and earning a Living Wage not only demonstrates our commitment to being a socially responsible employer, but also our commitment to supporting our staff in line with our values.

Athena SWAN Charter

Run by the Equality Challenge Unit, the Athena SWAN Charter was launched in 2005 with the initial aim of helping universities and research institutions to create more equitable working environments for women in science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics. It was expanded in 2015 to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law, professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students.

The University is committed to Athena SWAN and became a charter member in November 2015, signing up to the ten key principles, which are reflected in our policies, practices, action plans and culture. We are also proud holders of an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to equality in higher education.    

Find out more about the University’s work with the scheme

Armed Forces Covenant

The University has signed the Armed Forces Covenant as part of its pledge to support the armed forces community.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a Government initiative, which ensures that those who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly across the nation. The University has signed a number pledges to reinforce its commitment to providing fair opportunities for all and supporting the employment of veterans and Reserve Forces by accommodating mobilisation and training.

View a copy of the Covenant

Environmental Sustainability

As a large organisation, the University recognises the significant impact it has upon the local and global environment. We are committed to minimising, within the constraints imposed by financial sustainability, any negative effects the delivery of our activities might have. As such, we will adhere to environmental best practice and have set a high-level key performance indicator to maintain an ISO14001 accredited Environmental Management System.

Read the University’s Environmental Policy in full here.

Sustainable Food Policy

The University recognises its responsibility to provide and promote healthy and sustainable food to its customers. We will work to incorporate environmental, ethical and social considerations into the products and services provided.

Read the University’s Sustainable Food Policy in full here.


Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.

Read the University’s Fair Trade Policy in full here.

Ethical investment

The guiding principle of the University’s investment policy is to generate funds with which to further the ambitions, aims and values of the University. For ethical reasons the University will not invest in or carry out trade with suppliers of related services that do not support these aims and values. These include:

a)      Where such investment might conflict or be inconsistent with the aims, objects or activities of Canterbury Christ Church University. This includes anything that conflicts with the University’s sustainability measures, within which there is an aim to reduce the carbon footprint and the University’s reliance on fossil based fuels.

b)      Where such investment might have a material impact on applications from potential students. This includes being able to demonstrate socially responsibility in investing in, and supporting the local community.

c)       Where such investment is considered unethical, not in keeping with the University’s values. This includes reviewing the University’s supplier chain to ensure it supports the aims of the modern slavery act to abolish the use of forced labour and to discourage human trafficking.

View our fossil Free Declaration

Modern Slavery Act Statement

The University is committed to ensuring that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in itssupply chain in line with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The actions taken by the University includeidentifying high risk supply chains and following up with these suppliers to gain confirmation thatthey comply with the requirements of the Act.

As part of the University’s procurement strategy thetender process has been updated to ensure that appropriate activities are undertaken for all highrisk contracts. This includes questions relating to Modern Slavery Act being stated in the Pre‐Qualification Questionnaires.

View the statement as a PDF


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