The University of Manchester is unique among UK universities in having social responsibility as a core goal in our strategic plan, Our Future, and UoM has been the top UK University for two years running for our social and environmental impact (Times Higher Education Impact Rankings).
Our working group is made up of volunteers from across the press, committed to weaving social responsibility into everything we do. By doing this, we hope to publish pioneering research that addresses societal challenges such as inequality, public health and sustainability, and engage the public and our local community in doing so.
Our actions have three priorities: responsible practices, community engagement and sustainability - more on those below.
We will be recognised globally for the excellence of our publishing, with contributions from a wide range of individuals who work to advance research and learning for the benefit of society and the wider environment.
Through a variety of methods, including regularly surveying our authors and editors to inform targets, and upholding the C4DISC principle, to ensure that social responsibility makes a positive difference to our publishing output, operations and public engagement – locally, nationally and internationally.
We will engage with both our local community in Greater Manchester, and the university community, both of which are on our doorstep. Through public engagement we will cultivate new readers, and plug into the wider UoM SR goals around propserous communities, sustainability and cultural engagement.
Aiming to be a sustainable business, and also aligning ourselves with the UoM's wider Environmental Sustainability Strategy and 'net zero' targets. We will calculate and monitor our carbon footprint throughout the publishing process, both internally and by auditing our partners and suppliers, and reduce were possible.
The Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection. More important than ever, the goals provide a critical framework for COVID-19 recovery.