The two main campaigns we are currently leading at People & Planet Sheffield are Fossil Free and Sweatshop Free
Fossil fuel companies are allowed to profit from the climate crisis because they have a social license to do so. This social license is renewed with every investment, advertisement or research connection that links reputable public institutions like Universities to the fossil fuel industry.
In November 2015 the University of Sheffield committed to divest fully from fossil fuels. See the "DIVESTMENT VICTORY" blog post 20.03.16 for more details.
We are now calling on the University to cut all links with the top 200 fossil fuel companies!
This will be a vital stepping stone in making it socially and politically unacceptable for the industry to continue perpetuating climate change by extracting fossil fuels.
As an evidence led institution, universities must lead the way in saying "No to fossil fuels and Yes! to renewable energy and green jobs."
With this campaign, we aim to eradicate the Human Rights abuses within the University of Sheffield's supply chain of electronic goods.
We are campaigning for the University to affiliate to the Electronics Watch, a European commission funded by independent organisations.
This would mean that the University would be able to benefit from direct monitoring of workers' conditions within the electronics industry. This is a far more effective, proactive way of combatting abuses within the production of electronics goods, and something that standard methods of auditing cannot compare to.
Since the University of Sheffield spent £4.5 million on electronic goods between 2013 and 2014, we feel that it is imperative for the University of Sheffield to become the next UK university to affiliate and clean up its supply chains.
Here are some articles we have found useful:
The Carbon Underground 200, Fossil Free Indexes, ranking the 200 top fossil fuel companies - http://fossilfreeindexes.com/the-carbon-underground-2014/
Glasgow becomes first university in Europe to divest from fossil fuels - http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/08/glasgow-becomes-first-university-in-europe-to-divest-from-fossil-fuels
The Missing Campus Climate Debate - http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/02/opinion/sunday/the-missing-campus-climate-debate.html?emc=eta1&_r=2
Ever more cities divesting from fossil fuels - http://www.dw.de/ever-more-cities-divesting-from-fossil-fuels/a-18033130
Divest MPs' pension fund from fossil fuels says Caroline Lucas - http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/21/divest-mps-pension-fund-from-fossil-fuels-says-caroline-lucas